Health Calendar published Oct. 29, 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, Nov. 4, in the garden court conference room at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. The group is for women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The topic will be fear of recurrence. 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: Oct. 29, 10 a.m., for persons 55 and over. Registered dietitian Anna Gessell, specialist in diabetes and bariatrics/weight control, will present “Trick or Treat, prediabetes” about the diagnosis of prediabetes being the chance to prevent progression to Type 2 diabetes. Free to persons 55 and older.


WILLMAR – The Carris Health Diabetes program will have a small-group, prediabetes lifestyle change program on Fridays beginning Nov. 1 at the Skylark Center clinic in WIllmar. The program teaches you how to lose weight and prevent diabetes. It is free for those eligible for Medicare or Medicaid. For more information or to register, call 320-231-6348.

Memory loss

WILLMAR – The Questions about Memory Loss program on “The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, and again at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Willmar Public Library. Early detection matters if you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes. This session discusses common warning signs, tips for approaching someone about memory concerns, and the benefits of early diagnosis. The program is hosted by the West Central Dementia Awareness Network. It is free and open to the public.



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:

Oct. 29, Hector: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., BLHS High School

Nov. 1, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Living Hope Church

Nov. 4, Murdock: Noon to 5 p.m., City Hall

Nov. 4, Paynesville: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Paynesville Lutheran Church

Nov. 4, Dawson: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dawson-Boyd High School

Nov. 5, Spicer: 1 to 7 p.m., American Legion


Nov. 6, Kerkhoven: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., KMS High School

Nov. 6, Appleton: 1 to 7 p.m., St. John’s Catholic Church

Nov. 7, Benson: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Benson Armory

Nov. 7, Morton: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dacotah Exposition Center

Nov. 8, Benson: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Benson Armory

Nov. 11, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God

Nov. 11, Willmar: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church

Nov. 12, Prinsburg: 1 to 7 p.m., Unity CRC


Nov. 12, Sunburg: 2 to 8 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church

Nov. 13, Madison: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lac qui Parle Valley High School

Nov. 14, Montevideo: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Montevideo

Nov. 15, Raymond: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Christian Reformed Church

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. 12 and Nov. 26, 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, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, 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.

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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