Health Calendar published Nov. 26, 2019

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

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Breast cancer

WILLMAR — The breast cancer peer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the garden court conference room at Rice Memorial Hospital. The group is for women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The topic will be a general discussion. For more information, call 320-231-4570.

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. Nov. 26 at the consumer health library at Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar.

Senior LinkAge Line

Older adults can contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 to receive help with questions involving Medicare and health insurance, help finding services to stay in your home or help if you can’t afford your medication. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Be sure to have a complete list of prescription drugs and dosages when you call.

The Senior LinkAge Line is a free service of the Minnesota Board on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol for Minnesota. Specialists provide one-to-one assistance with all Medicare and health insurance issues. Live chat with a specialist also can be accessed online at .


Immunization clinic

WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Public Health will hold a walk-in immunization clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, 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:

Nov. 26, Clarkfield: Noon to 6 p.m., Clarkfield Lutheran Church

Nov. 29, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

Dec. 2, Echo: 2 to 7 p.m., Community Center

Dec. 4, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Willmar Public Library

Dec. 5, New London: 1 to 7 p.m., Open Door Christian Church


Dec. 5, Holloway: Noon to 6 p.m., Holloway Community Center

Dec. 6, Benson: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Swift County-Benson Health Services

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

Dec. 9, Maynard: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Maynard Events Center

Dec. 9, Olivia: 2 to 6 p.m., Renville County Government Services Center

Dec. 10, Clara City: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MACCRAY High School

Dec. 10, Cosmos: 1 to 7 p.m., City Center

Dec. 11, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., VFW


Dec. 11, Kerkhoven: 1 to 7 p.m., Civic Center

Dec. 12, Olivia: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., BOLD High School

Dec. 13, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rice Memorial Hospital

Dec. 13, Olivia: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Max’s Grill

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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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