Tricounty News

Free skin cancer screening scheduled

A limited number of free skin cancer screenings by board-certified dermatologists will be offered Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7,  at CentraCare Clinic – Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle. Interested participants must call (320) 229-4924 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays for an appointment time. No walk-ins will be accepted.

This 15th annual CentraCare Clinic screening coincides with National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and CentraCare Clinic. May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.


Dementia Care Foundation receives $1,000

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The Meeker Cooperative Electric Trust presented the Dementia Care Foundation with $1,000 to extend the availability of the music therapy to continue for 30 residents for the next three months.

Lakeview Ranch Inc., has two residential rural homes in Darwin and Dassel that provide individualized dementia care specializing in challenging behavior management, by meeting the unspoken emotional, physical and spiritual needs of each resident.


Health officials warn of disease risk from handling chicks, ducklings

Three Salmonella cases linked to ducklings bought at Tractor Supply Co. in Inver Grove Heights

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) investigators have linked three cases of salmonellosis (illness due to infection with Salmonella bacteria) to ducklings purchased from the Tractor Supply Company store in Inver Grove Heights. The cases are associated with a multi-state outbreak of salmonellosis being investigated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


St. Cloud family support available

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in St. Cloud at 7 p.m., on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road. For information, call Mike at (320) 259-7101, or (320) 492-2024.


Stearns County launches new free discount prescription savings program

Stearns County is pleased to join the Coast2Coast Rx Card program.

The new Coast2Coast Rx card will allow all County residents, regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications.  This program saved cardholders throughout the nation an average of 60 percent in 2012 on the cost of prescription drugs.  Even pets and other people living outside the County are able to take part in the program.  The Rx card will be distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Stearns County and includes more than 60,000 drugs in its formulary.