Tricounty News

Meditation, yoga classes

Offered at CentraCare Health Plaza

Learn ways to manage the demands and stress you face in life and how to live life with increased contentment by participating in an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings, Oct. 1 to Nov. 19 in the Meditation Chapel at CentraCare Health Plaza. Use the Woodlands entrance. There will be an all-day retreat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

This clinically proven program is designed for and can be especially helpful to those who experience: anxiety and depression, attention deficits, chronic pain and illness, cardiac disease, the demands of care-giving, grief, life transitions, spiritual emptiness and all who find it difficult to establish balance in their everyday lifestyles.


Public invited to tour Buffalo Hospital’s new cancer center

All and some new services in one healing environment

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Buffalo Hospital invites the public to see its new space, meet the staff and become familiar with the latest in cancer care at an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Timothy Sielaff, MD, president of Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, will speak at 5:30 p.m.

The new Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Buffalo Hospital combines clinic and infusion services into a newly renovated space with all of the elements of a nationally accredited cancer program. The new center is 3,350 square feet, and the $240,000 cost was made possible by community gifts.

The infusion rooms, where patients receive chemotherapy, have heated, comfortable chairs. Each room has a recliner for a family member or friend, flat-screen TV and DVD player. And, iPads will be available during treatment visits.


Crossing is safer: One person can make a difference

Things have gotten safer in Watkins when it comes to crossing main street (Central Avenue).W-IMG 0804

After almost 2-1/2 years of talking to people and attending several city council meetings, Mary Loch, a childcare provider on Main Street in Watkins, was successful in getting some very much needed crosswalks put in, in the form of signs and painted walkways in the road.

Taking her brood of kids and stroller with her chihuahuas to the park or post office was always dangerous because you have to step out into the road to see around parked vehicles before you can actually attempt to cross the road.


St. Cloud VA Women Veterans Program to host Health and Wellness Event

The Women Veterans Program at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System will host the Sixth Annual Women Veterans Health and
Wellness Day from 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Building 96 on the St. Cloud VA Medical Center campus in St. Cloud. The event celebrates women Veterans and their military service by emphasizing healthy lifestyles and medical care unique to women.

Presentations and exhibitions of popular techniques for calming the mind, soothing the spirit and strengthening the body are planned. This year’s activities include mindful eating techniques, organic foods discovery and tastings, and using a mindful labyrinth. Flu and pertussis vaccinations will be available, and light refreshments will be served.


Eurasian Watermilfoil has been found in Clear Lake near Watkins

It turns out that Clear Lake near Watkins isn’t so clear.

The lake is being designated an “infested water” after the Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources discovered Eurasian Watermilfoil, an invasive plant species, growing in the lake in northern Meeker County.

By posting the lake as infested the DNR is hoping to alert boaters of the dangers of spreading the disease which has been discovered in more than 260 Minnesota lakes, rivers or streams.

“Boaters and anglers who use Clear Lake are urged to be extra thorough when looking for and removing aquatic plants from their boats, trailers, anchors, decoys and other equipment,” Nicholas Brown, a DNR aquatic invasive species specialist said. “It is unlawful in Minnesota to transport aquatic plants or prohibited invasive species or to launch watercraft with them attached.”