Health Calendar published Aug. 27, 2019

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Breast cancer

WILLMAR – The breast cancer peer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the garden court conference room at Rice Memorial Hospital. The topic will be a general discussion. The group is for women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information, call 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.

Veterans health care

A Veterans Affairs “coffee talk” will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Montevideo VA Clinic, 1025 N 13th St., Montevideo. Coffee talks are informal conversations intended to provide veterans an opportunity to have their questions about VA health care answered. Non-enrolled veterans, veterans new to the VA health care system, and enrolled veterans who want to learn how to most effectively use VA systems of care are encouraged to attend. Enrollment opportunities will also be available. Call 320-255-6340 for more information about VA health care.

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.


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, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23, in Suite 1080 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., 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. 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

Sept. 3, Lake Lillian: 2 to 7 p.m., United Lutheran Church


Sept. 4, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Walmart

Sept. 5, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Culver's

Sept. 9, Willmar: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church

Sept. 10, Raymond: 1 to 7 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church

Sept. 12, Litchfield: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eagles Club

Sept. 12, Montevideo: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Training & Community 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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