Rothsay School MHS/MJHS hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on Friday, May 28 at the Rothsay Event Center which helped collect a total of 15 units of blood products for patients in need. 

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At a Rotary meeting, former Fergus Falls principal, Dean Monke, a Noon Rotarian, mentioned the services provided by school nurses and the food service director, especially during the pandemic. The Noon Rotary Club’s Board of Directors determined that it would be appropriate to acknowledge th…

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Spring temperatures mean that Minnesotans are out of their homes and enjoying the natural outdoor wonders that our state has to offer. Unfortunately that translates into warmer weather and “Ticks.” Ticks are pathogen carrying arachnoids. Tick bites can transmit disease to humans and animals.

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On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz launched ‘Your Shot to Summer,’ the state’s COVID-19 vaccine incentive campaign encouraging Minnesotans to roll up their sleeves and get their COVID-19 vaccine during the next month.

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Printmaker Michael Weatherly concluded his “Behind the Door” exhibit at Kaddatz Studios with a private showing for residents and staff of the Matthew House, a local halfway house listed in the drug treatment directory.

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Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday laid out his timeline for ending COVID-19 restrictions — including the end of curbs in time for Memorial Day weekend — serving notice that the pandemic’s end is near.

Yes, you read that correctly and I did not misspell the word “neighbor.” Please let me explain. NABUR is a new social…

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In January 2021, Dr. Allison Goddard joined the Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) team. Goddard specializes in dermatology and was drawn to the need for a dermatologist in the area, but also her instincts about the atmosphere at LRH. 

Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) was recently honored with the Above and Beyond Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR is a Department of Defense organization established to promote cooperation and understanding between service members and their civilian employers.  

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A new way to eat is now available in Fergus Falls. Roasted, a meal preparation and catering business owned and operated solely by 23-year-old Evan Burkdoll, opened its doors April 1 in a order, grab and go format that provides the community with prepackaged, nutritious meals that simply need…

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2021’s 30 Days of Biking, sponsored by Pedal Fergus Falls, kicked off on April 1. The month-long event is an effort to get out and get moving via bicycle every day during the month of April. With no minimum distance, the goal is to get out there and ride. A statement on the Pedal Fergus Fall…

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LB Homes provides care to individuals in Fergus Falls and the surrounding area. To continue serving the needs of our community, LB Homes will resume in-person grief support groups, facilitated by a grief specialist, beginning in April at locations in Fergus Falls and Battle Lake.

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LB Homes provides care to individuals in Fergus Falls and the surrounding area. To continue serving the needs of our community, LB Homes will resume in-person grief support groups, facilitated by a grief specialist, beginning in April at locations in Fergus Falls and Battle Lake.

As of March 25, public health has administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 2,394 people, with 1,663 completing the vaccine series. Those receiving vaccines at public health clinics to this point have been part of the Phase 1a priority group, and Phase 1b essential workers with a…

For the week of March 8, public health will only be administering second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to those who received their first doses of vaccine at previous public health clinics.  Otter Tail County Public Health does not currently have COVID-19 vaccine for those with specific high-risk…

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A year ago, many things in the world paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the need for blood never stopped. Today blood donations are just as essential, and the American Red Cross urges individuals who are healthy to make an appointment to donate blood.

On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced a new community COVID-19 vaccine program that partners with local public health and school districts at nine locations across the state — including a location in Fergus Falls. The pilot sites will initially serve adults aged 65 and olde…

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Minnesota is launching a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program, partnering with local public health and school districts, Gov. Tim Walz announced on Monday. These sites will initially serve adults 65 years of age or older, as well as prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff and chil…

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As the COVID-19 situation improves by nearly every metric across Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz today announced measures that loosen restrictions on important parts of daily life. The Governor also urged Minnesotans to protect the progress made over the past month.

Otter Tail County Public Health has received its initial doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and is working quickly to get it out into the community.  Public Health vaccinators began to receive their vaccine just before the new year, and Jan. 4 marks the first administration clinic held by…

Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) physician, Dr. Anjali Gupta, has been appointed to the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan for a four-year term effective Jan. 5, 2021. Gupta replaces fellow LRH physician, Dr. Patricia Lindholm, who served the maximum…

The recent plummet in temperature opens the risk for frostbite which can cause serious or permanent harm in less than 30 minutes to skin exposed to cold. Fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin are the most commonly affected areas, but any time skin is exposed to cold temperatures or come…

Two new laws that go into effect Jan. 1 will kick off some of the first changes of 2021. These laws are regarding prior authorization requirements of health insurance providers and requirements regarding sexual assault examination kits. 

The Rothsay community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on Dec. 22 at the community center which helped collect a total of 22 units of blood products for patients in need.

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Marian Bogenrief has served the area as a licensed addiction drug counselor (LADC) providing addiction, alcohol and drug services in Minnesota for a number of years. Bogenrief has a deep personal understanding of chemical dependency and the co-occurring challenges that can affect an individu…

Staff members in the highest risk categories began receiving the first coronavirus vaccinations this week at Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) and Prairie Ridge Healthcare (PRH), joining health systems nationwide who are following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for a p…

The Lake Region Healthcare Foundation is spearheading a support project for staff at Lake Region Healthcare and Prairie Ridge Healthcare. The project seeks community assistance in a coordinated effort to show appreciation and support to health care workers as the COVID crisis continues.

As COVID-19 deaths climb to nearly 4,500 in Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz today extended the peacetime emergency that gives the state flexibility in responding to the pandemic, including safely and effectively distributing the vaccine.

With COVID-19 rapidly spreading in area communities, Otter Tail County Public Health would like to remind you that they are here for you and together we can get through the pandemic. One way to continue to do your part is to stay informed as to what actions you need to take if you were in cl…

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Medicare’s open enrollment period began in October. The Daily Journal tackled some important questions with Ann Kinsella, Medica vice president and general manager of Medicare, who provided valuable insight for Otter Tail County residents. 

The American Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride have joined together this holiday season to remind people to take care of one another, sharing comfort and joy with hospital patients through the gift of blood donation. Health emergencies don’t pause for a pandemic or holiday cel…

The Wadena Armory has been selected as one of 11 new COVID-19 testing sites. The new sites will be operated by the Minnesota National Guard and will remain open through at least the end of the year, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota National Guard and loca…

More than 200 soldiers and airmen from the Minnesota National Guard have been activated to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. This number is expected to increase to over 400 by the end of the week.

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