Health Calendar published May 5, 2020

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

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Health events

Most support groups, clinics and health classes are canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New to Medicare

WILLMAR โ€” 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 lead to financial penalties. Senior LinkAge Line will have a virtual class from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21. Topics will include a comprehensive introduction to Medicare including what Medicare covers, supplemental insurance and Part D prescription coverage. During the class you will learn the Medicare enrollment details, how to get the most from your benefits and how to research your Medicare plan options using the site. Please contact Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 to sign up for the class, as space is limited.


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 driverโ€™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.

As of Monday morning the following drives in the next two weeks were on the Red Cross website.


May 5, Lake Lillian: 2 to 7 p.m., United Lutheran Church

May 6, Dawson: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center

May 7, Madison: Noon to 6 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church

May 7-8, Benson: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 7; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8, Benson Armory

May 7-8, Litchfield: 1 to 7 p.m. May 7; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8, Cornerstone Church

May 13, Spicer: 1 to 7 p.m., American Legion

May 14, Willmar: 7 to 11 a.m., Minnesota Department of Transportation office

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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