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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…

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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.

In the midst of a public health crisis, residents of Fergus Falls have been able to count on Lake Region Healthcare for thoughtful local leadership and up-to-date health resources. When the city of Fergus Falls received an allocation of CARES funding from the state of Minnesota, it was quick…

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.