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The tobacco industry is using e-cigarettes to draw new customers, and youth tobacco use in Minnesota has increased for the first time in 17 years. E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavoring in it, and other...
Next week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. If you don’t have a mental illness or disorder, count your blessings, and if you don’t know someone with a mental illness or disorder, you’re in the minority. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans...
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced last week that it will drop health insurance plans for individuals and families starting next year. The insurer said medical claims far exceeded premium revenue for individual plans, resulting in a loss of more than $500,000 over a three-year period...
Saving a life could be as simple as a text message. A team of local professionals is working to get the message out about TXT4Life, a suicide prevention resource that uses texting as a way for those in crisis to seek help anonymously. Because youth are most at risk for suicide (the second leading...
SWMH Center’s Board of Directors President Marlene Tregaser (holding scissors) cut the ceremonial ribbon. Pictured (from left) are Chamber Board President Derek Boeve, SWMH board director Les Nath, general contractor Curt Valnes, Tregaser, SWMH board director Ron Boyenga, SWMH executive director Scott Johnson, SWMH business manager Dennis Gyberg, and Chamber board members Ryan Wynia, Faye Bremer, Laurie Ketterling, Sherri Thompson, Heidi Sehr and Mark Ommen.
Luverne Area Chamber and the community celebrated Southwestern Mental Health Center’s ribbon-cutting and open house Friday afternoon.  In late October, SWMH staff moved into the 9,700-square-foot facility just off East Main Street in Luverne on South Spring Street. The $1.2 million renovation of...
Deputy court administrator Carol Bertrand keeps a badminton racquet near her desk as protection against bats inside the Rock County Courthouse. Last week commissioners approved spending $34,500 out of reserves to bat-proof the more than a century old building.
Steps will be taken as soon as next week to stop bats from inhabiting the Rock County Courthouse. At their Sept. 8 meeting, Rock County Commissioners unanimously agreed to hire Prestige Services, Canby, to bat-proof the entire structure. Cost will be $34,500. The board’s action is in response to a...
          By Mavis Fodness A grassroots movement is taking place to develop activities that get us up off the couch in Rock County. We hope more of this catches on. Kayaking down the Rock River, boating and swimming at a former gravel pit were some of the activities demonstrated last week. Not only...
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