Health Calendar published Aug. 20, 2019

Support groups, clinics and health classes are published weekly on Tuesdays. Email submissions to by 10 a.m. Thursday.

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Compassionate Friends

WILLMAR – The West Central Minnesota chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Lakeland Health Center in Willmar. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group offering friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a child at any age. More information is available at

Memory Cafe

WILLMAR – The Forget-Me-Knot Memory Cafe will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the upstairs community room at the Willmar Public Library. The group offers a place for individuals with early dementia and their caregivers to socialize, receive support and get connected with local resources. For more information, call 320-235-8573.

Veterans town hall

MONTEVIDEO – A veterans town hall meeting focused on improving Veterans Affairs health care services and programs will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Montevideo VA Clinic. It will allow veterans to hear from and have concerns addressed by St. Cloud VA officials. Veterans can attend in person, watch on Facebook Live @StCloudVAHCS or participate by phone. Area veterans enrolled for VA health care will receive an automated phone call at 5 p.m. inviting them to join the town hall. Callers desiring to ask a question via telephone will be placed in a queue. If some questions can’t be addressed during the event, VA staff will contact callers with questions following the event. Veterans who do not desire to participate can simply hang up the phone.


WILLMAR – The You Are Not Alone cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Willmar Fire Station training room in Willmar. It is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, any stage, any age. For more information, call Rachel or Juliana at 320-231-4570.

YMCA Healthy Aging

WILLMAR – The YMCA Healthy Aging program has several events planned at the Kandiyohi Area YMCA in Willmar. All are open to the public. For questions, call Beth Johnston 320-222-9622.


Happy Together Club: Aug. 27, 10 a.m., for persons 55 and over. Dr. Yvon Fil-Aime will speak on “Counseling the Addicted.” She is a Y member and a medical physician with expertise in chronic disease management and counseling. There will be time to answer questions. Free and all are welcome.

Planned Parenthood

WILLMAR – The clinic hours at Planned Parenthood, 2320 U.S. Highway 12 E., Willmar, for family planning and reproductive health services for women and men may vary. Call 320-235-9150 for hours and appointments. Most insurance plans accepted. Interpreter services are available.

Community Health Service

WILLMAR – Community Health Service Inc. provides affordable health care for seasonal workers, farmers, hired help and families who have been employed in agriculture in the past 24 months. Retired and disabled farmers also qualify. Health care services are available at Community Health Service, 1804 Trott Ave. S.W., Willmar. Sliding fee scales are income-based. Late clinic hours are offered with a health care provider. Interpreter services also are available. For more information about hours and appointments, call 320-214-7286.

Insurance counseling

WILLMAR – Trained staff and volunteers with Senior LinkAge Line are available to help answer questions and provide assistance with Medicare, supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance, prescription drugs, forms and more. Counseling is free and confidential. Walk-ins are welcome. Upcoming dates are 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 27 and Sept. 10 at the consumer health library at Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar.

Immunization clinic

WILLMAR – Kandiyohi County Public Health will hold a walk-in immunization clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 and Sept. 9, Suite 1080 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., in Willmar. No appointment is needed. All childhood vaccinations are available. An administration fee is charged for vaccinations given to children who qualify for the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. A tetanus booster for adults that is recommended every 10 years is also available along with other adult vaccinations. Medical Assistance, BluePlus, UCare and MinnesotaCare are accepted as payment – your card must be presented at the clinic. However, no one will be denied their immunizations due to inability to pay. If financing is a problem, call 320-231-7860. Parents are asked to bring immunization records to the clinic for accurate recordkeeping.


The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Sixteen-year-olds may if they have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.

Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at unless otherwise noted. All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted. Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:

Aug. 21, Dawson: 1 to 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church


Aug. 22, Madison: Noon to 6 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church

Aug. 22, Benson: 1 to 7 p.m., First Evangelical Free Church

Aug. 26, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Willmar Elks Lodge

Aug. 26, Grove City: 1 to 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church

Aug. 26, Paynesville: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

Aug. 27, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services

Aug. 27, Holloway: 1 to 6 p.m., Old Office Building

Aug. 28, Kerkhoven: 1 to 7 p.m., Civic Center


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Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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