Health Calendar published Feb. 11, 2020

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Suicide survivors

WILLMAR – Heartbeat, a support group for those who have lost a loved one through suicide, will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the conference room at the Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. Heartbeat is affiliated with the national organization of the American Associaiton of Suicidology and was created for mutual support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide and to help survivors absorb the impact of self-inflicted death, to offer the comfort of empathetic understanding and acceptance, and to support each other toward healthy resolution of the grief. For more information or to talk to someone, call Kay at 320-262-6162, Diane at 320-894-0182 or Ray and Kim at 320-235-0030 or 320-295-6000.

Bariatric surgery

WILLMAR – A bariatric surgery informational meeting for individuals who are considering having weight loss surgery will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Willmar Skylark Clinic conference room. This group will be facilitated by a surgeon or a registered nurse. To register, call 320-214-6966 or online at

Memory Cafe

WILLMAR – The Forget-Me-Knot Memory Cafe will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Brother’s Cafe and Bistro in Bethesda Grand. The group offers a place for individuals with early dementia and their caregivers to socialize, receive support and get connected with local resources. Music is a feature of the time together as well. For more information, call 320-235-8573.

Compassionate Friends

WILLMAR – The West Central Minnesota chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the 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

TBRI training

WILLMAR — A Trust-Based Relational Intervention training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. Meagan Galbari, MA, LPCC, will present two identical training sessions on Feb. 13 and Feb. 20. It will touch on TBRI principles (Empowering, Connecting and Correcting). You will learn how to lay the foundation for deep insight regarding the impact of a child’s history on their long-term development. You will leave with an enhanced understanding about how to interpret behavior and how to respond compassionately. You will have a deeper understanding as to the “why?” of challenging behaviors and leave with concrete strategies on how to improve the relationship and ultimately the behaviors. TBRI training is a must for adoptive and foster parents, as well as professionals, ministry leaders, school personnel, etc. If you interact with children who come from trauma, either in a personal or professional capacity, you will benefit from this training. The training is sponsored by Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services and PACT for Families, to register contact Lynnette at 320-231-7030 ext. 2961 or email . For questions about the training email Tina Mages at Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services at . There is no cost to PACT members, non-members are $30. Parents, grandparents, foster parents and adoptive parents are free. If payment is a barrier, please contact PACT or Tina at KCHHS.


New to Medicare

WILLMAR – There are important decisions that need to be made when you become eligible for Medicare. Making the wrong decision can lead to not having any or enough health care coverage and financial penalties. Senior LinkAge Line and Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging will have a two-hour class where participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota. The next class will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Willmar Community Center. No fee. Call Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 to register.

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. Feb. 11 and 25, and from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 13 in 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. Mondays, Feb. 24, and March 2, 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 donate 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:

Feb. 18, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rice Memorial Hospital

Feb. 18, Olivia: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., BOLD High School

Feb. 18, Paynesville: noon to 6 p.m., American Legion


Feb. 19, Montevideo: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Montevideo High School

Feb. 20, Belgrade: 1 to 7 p.m., St. Francis De Sales parish center

Feb. 25, Litchfield: 1 to 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Feb. 26, Benson: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Benson High School

Feb. 28, Grove City: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ACGC High School

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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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