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…

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…

Getting an unfavorable diagnosis at a clinic or hospital is not something anyone likes to hear. If doctors find the issue early enough, treatment or surgery can be performed to take care of the issue. So when Bill Knapp, 78, of Henning was diagnosed with kidney cancer after a trip to the eme…

The Otter Tail County Public Health Department’s Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) wants families to know that they are here for them. The WIC program is open for current participants and new participants. WIC is a health and nutrition program and provides a variety of healthy foods…

People living within PioneerCare Center and Pioneer Cottages Memory Care now have an easier time visiting with family and friends during this pandemic crisis, thanks to the generosity of local donors.

April has always been a very unpredictable month in the state of Minnesota. One day it could be 60 degrees, the next it could snow, the next could be 50 degrees and windy, and the next could be rain. For Pedal Fergus Falls, it comes with the territory of being an avid biker in the Midwest. B…

Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) announced that interim CFO Camie Patterson FACHE, CPA, FHFMA has joined the organization today on a permanent basis as CFO and Senior Vice President.  Patterson has been with the organization on an interim basis since last October.  The position is an enterprise …

Grocery stores are one of the businesses deemed essential during the pandemic and is one place that poses the most risk to shoppers and employees. On Monday, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) released a report saying that at least 30 supermarket employees in t…

Governor Tim Walz signed the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act Wednesday to provide relief to Minnesotans struggling to afford their insulin. With the price of insulin tripling over the past 10 years, Walz worked tirelessly with insulin advocates to call attention to this urgent issue, ke…

Three engineers from Fergus Falls are working together to develop a way for hospitals to disinfect personal protective equipment (PPE) so that they can be reused safely and their first unit will be going to Lake Region Healthcare next week.

The Battle Lake Lions Club and the American Red Cross are teaming up for a spring blood drive Thursday, May 28 in Battle Lake. 

There may be some hesitation among the general population to go see a doctor for illnesses unrelated to COVID-19 but many hospitals and clinics, including Lake Region Healthcare (LRHC), have started offering virtual appointments so patients can see their doctors without needing to leave home.

Global Medical Response has deployed its ground ambulance division, American Medical Response, and network providers to support America’s COVID-19 response. AMR is responding to a FEMA request to provide ambulances and emergency medical services personnel to the greater New York area. Resour…

Lakeland Mental Health Center (LMHC) in Fergus Falls is continuing to provide services to its clients through the COVID-19 pandemic as it is considered an essential service under EEO 20-20 ordered by Gov. Tim Walz on March 25. “We are here for our clients and our community during this whole …

Soon after the legislative session begins many groups converge on the Minnesota Capitol to visit their elected officials with bills they want them to consider, propose, sponsor or cosponsor. So scheduling time to see our elected representatives and senators is very important.

Federated Church, Fergus Falls, is serving as the fiscal host and receiving the much-needed donations needed to operate the community food shelf on an interim basis. “Because the City was able to get the food shelf operating temporarily, new funds are needed to purchase the food,” said Rev. …

Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) and Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services (PRHHS) announced today that based on the most current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they are implementing an enterprise-wide strategy to limit routine outpatient visits a…

As part of Lake Region Healthcare’s (LRH) efforts toward COVID-19 preparedness, LRH and Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services (PRHHS) have made a decision to postpone the vast majority of elective patient procedures/surgeries in anticipation of a greater strain on staffing, space, equip…

Local city officials, law enforcement and healthcare providers are letting the community of Fergus Falls know they have been working toward a plan and preparing for the COVID-19 pandemics.

In the wake of the recent coronavirus pandemic, there are many questions that have been asked by members in the community. One of the main questions is who is the most vulnerable for having serious illness due to the virus? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), people at higher …

Keeping you and our associates safe is a top priority, so we wanted to share the steps we’re taking in response to coronavirus. With help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as our own Chief Medical Officer, we’re developing preventative measures to maintain a …

A viral Facebook post claiming to be based on an internal email from “Stanford Hospital” makes several dubious claims about how to tell if you are infected with the new coronavirus and how to keep from getting sick. 

The Lenten Fish Fry at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church is a go for Friday evening at 207 North Vine Street in Fergus Falls.

Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) announced today it has been named a 2020 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, whic…

On Monday, March 30, Empowering Kids will be hosting an informational workshop about autism spectrum disorders. The focus of this workshop is to provide parents with a “basket” of resources to aid them to more comfortably understand the processes and resources available to support their chil…