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Doctors already query patients about whether they drink, use tobacco or are up to date on their immunizations. Should they also be asking about the patient's use of the social media? To read the rest of this Health Beat story, visit healthbeat.areavoices.com.
WILLMAR -- Rescuers donned wetsuits and safety harnesses Tuesday morning to salvage an unoccupied fish house that sank through the ice on Foot Lake. It's the last week in December, but the warm weather and lack of snow have led to ice conditions more typical of November or March. "Extreme caution" is what Brad Lindgren, chief deputy with the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, advises for anyone venturing out onto the ice. "What you think about normally in November, you have to still consider going into January," he said. A string of recent incidents has prompted authorities to urge Minnesotan
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WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Medical Association issued a strongly worded statement this week about "chickenpox parties," or playdates organized by parents to purposely expose their children to chickenpox in hopes of acquiring "natural" immunity by getting the disease. The so-called chickenpox parties put kids at risk and increase the risk of spreading the disease to other vulnerable people, the MMA said in a statement issued late Thursday. "There is no controversy about this among pediatricians and other physicians. The vaccine is far safer," said Dr.
The Minnesota Medical Association issued a strongly worded statement this week about "chickenpox parties," or playdates organized by parents to purposely expose their children to chickenpox in hopes of acquiring "natural" immunity. The so-called chickenpox parties put kids at risk and increase the risk of spreading the disease to other vulnerable people, the MMA said in its statement, which was issued late Thursday. "There is no controversy about this among pediatricians and other physicians. The vaccine is far safer," said Dr. Linda Van Etta, an infectious disease specialist at St.
WILLMAR -- Inspectors showed up unannounced at Rice Memorial Hospital Dec. 12 for an accreditation survey by the Joint Commission. Hospital officials were notified this week of the results: renewal of Rice's accreditation for another three years. There were "no big surprises" in the survey team's findings, said Teri Beyer, chief quality officer at Rice.
Holiday shoppers are in a good mood this year. Local retailers say they see signs that customers are shaking off their recession worries and starting to spend again. "We've had days when it seemed like it used to be," said Jan Scheltens, co-owner of Ken's Casuals in downtown Willmar. Even regional sales representatives are reporting optimism at the stores they supply across southern Minnesota, said Ginny Knapp of Mill Pond Mercantile in New London. "Our fall and Christmas season has been wonderful.
Here in the West Central Tribune newsroom we're armed and ready for the holiday season: We've just been issued the official Associated Press Holiday Style Guide, a list of seasonal words, phrases and definitions to help ensure correct usage in our holiday news coverage. To read the rest of this Inside Scoop story, visit insidescoop.areavoices.com .
The income tax filing deadline is still a long way off but it's not too soon to start planning, say financial experts. Some tax breaks are still available -- for example, an energy tax credit of up to $500 for energy-efficient doors, windows and similar items purchased before Dec.
WILLMAR -- After two staffers were injured in 2009, officials at Rice Memorial Hospital sat down to look at better -- and safer -- ways of caring for patients who are mentally ill and aggressive. What they came up with was an innovative model allowing some of these patients to be placed in the hospital's intensive care unit, where there's both security and supervision. Resources and training for the staff also were beefed up. One year after being implemented, the new model appears to be working well, said Wendy Ulferts, chief nursing officer.