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In response to a steadily growing demand for COVID-19 testing, Lake Region Healthcare and Prairie Ridge Healthcare (LRH and PRH) have extended their hours for drivethrough COVID-19 testing and increased the number of test swabbing appointments available, according to LRH Chief Nursing Office…

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Every October marks a month dedicated to spreading awareness for trisomy 21, more commonly referred to as Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which an extra 21st chromosome is created during fetal development. The presence of the extra chromosome can result in developmenta…

Plasma from whole blood and platelet donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now to …

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the flu vaccine is available now to protect people and their families from flu viruses this fall and winter. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Widespread flu vaccination will also help redu…

Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) announced today that interim CNO Roberta Young, MSN, RN, CENP has agreed to join the organization on a permanent basis as chief nurse officer and vice president-patient care.  Young has been with the organization on an interim basis since May 2020.

The Fergus Falls Public Library has recently added a large selection of resources related to memory loss issues. The expanded collection of resources is of great benefit to patrons with dementia, their family and caregivers. The new resources cover subjects including early diagnosis, post di…

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Fergus Falls at the YMCA on Sept. 16-18. For an appointment to donate blood, please call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Hospice of the Red River Valley is hosting a free six-week class series focused on caregivers. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is designed to provide caregivers with the confidence and support to better care for a loved one and themselves. All caregivers are welcome to participate, including t…



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As Otter Tail County’s COVID-19 case count continues to climb, with 305 confirmed cases including 49 contagious cases, it’s the job of Otter Tail County Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health to complete case investigation and contact tracing for Otter Tail County (OTC) residents.

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Residents of LB Homes got a furry and feathery surprise Thursday, Sept. 3 when a pet parade rolled through the care home campus. Animals haven’t been allowed to visit with residents, aside from compassionate care visits, since restrictions were put in place to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, so …

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, family and friends will have the opportunity to once again visit family members who are in senior care facilities. But while restrictions may have been loosened, a few local facilities will still remain closed to in-building visits.

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During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.

Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC), located in Fergus Falls, primarily serves governmental and educational members in the nine-county region of west-central Minnesota.  Through Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-82, all public school districts and special education programs in Minnesot…

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneum…

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A benefit account has been set up at First National Bank for Jay Patterson. Jay married Jeanne Cordes while they both taught in Madison, MN. In 1979 they moved back to Jeanne’s hometown of Henning. Jay taught English and coached drama at Deer Creek for 10 years, then completed his teaching c…

Walmart hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on Aug. 14 at Walmart which helped collect a total of eight units of blood products for patients in need. 

Rothsay community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on Aug. 13 at the community center which helped collect a total of 21 units of blood products for patients in need.

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A frequent question that has beguiled our readers is - “Can CBD oil boost immune system?” With the laws varying from region to region and the hallucinatory properties associated with cannabis, it can be pretty confusing. However, cannabidiol (CBD) is free of psychoactive traits.  Below are t…

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Mill Street Residence identified its first confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) this weekend. The positive case is a resident at Mill Street. In a written statement, the Director at Mill Street Residence, Mick Siems, stated:

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PioneerCare announced a second COVID-19 case on July 14 at PioneerCare Center in Fergus Falls. The first case was announced July 8 for a staff member who tested positive. Following that positive test, the care center implemented widespread testing, testing about 70 people, and uncovering the…

The Pelican Rapids City Pool recently reopened with hours of operation running from noon to 7 p.m.

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Due to COVID-19, the Lake Region Run was postponed this year. Normally held at the beginning of June, the Lake Region Run raises money for the Lake Region Healthcare Cancer Care & Research Center in Fergus Falls. Still wanting to give back to the community and bring her congregation toge…

Lake Region Healthcare and Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services recently announced they are updating their visitor policy in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While all visitors were previously restricted, the updated allowance for limited visitors is one of many steps t…

Tri-County Health Care is happy to announce the reopening of the Ottertail and Sebeka clinic locations. Providers began seeing patients on Monday, June 15. The clinics were temporarily closed in March to allow time to develop cleaning and safety procedures during the COVID-19 crisis.

Beginning today and for a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to the coronavirus. At the same time, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donati…

The Rothsay community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on May 28 at the community center which helped collect a total of 27 units of blood products for patients in need. 

Public safety officials in Otter Tail County announced Wednesday that Smart911 is now available to all individuals. Smart911 is a free service that allows residents and travelers to sign up for notifications sent from state and local public safety authorities and will provide timely and acti…

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the meaning of the “front line.” It is no longer a place of guns, cannons and carnage. It is a fight being waged in quiet corridors and private rooms by men and women wearing personal protective equipment. Their fight is to preserve life wherever i…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, this year, even the most resilient among us are facing extraordinary pressures and unprecedented circumstances. It’s always important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself mentally and physically, but these days some of us may need a helping hand.

The news is full of information about a variety of tests. Some tests diagnose COVID-19; others identify novel coronavirus antibodies in the blood and serum.  Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) and Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services (PRHHS) are providing some clarity about COVID-19 testing …

Lake Region Healthcare's Foundation announced today they will be participating in the #GiveAtHomeMN virtual fundraising event, taking place May 1-8, by GiveMN.org, the organization that hosts Minnesota's Give to the Max Day.

Looking to create more peace in your life? Attend a free online Peace Building 101 class on Thursday, April 30 or Wednesday, May 6. In Peace Building 101, learn to identify basic internal needs, understand personal power to create peace, and begin to speak with clarity, confidence and compas…

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Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) announced the winner of its annual winter health challenge in an unusual fashion this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forced to cancel its annual wellness Expo, LRH took to social media and announced the winner via Facebook Live on Thursday morning, the date t…