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: Sept. 10, 10 a.m., for persons 55 and over. Nikki Hjelden, physical therapist, will speak on “The Essential Pelvic Floor for Men and Women.” When your pelvic floor is weak, it can impact back pain, hip pain, continence and other symptoms. Learn how important your pelvic floor is and how to maximize its health. Free to persons 55 and older.

Suicide survivors

SPICER – Heartbeat, a support group for those who have lost a loved one through suicide, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the conference room at the Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. Heartbeat is affiliated with the national organization of the American Association 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, Don and Sandy at 320-235-4401 or Ray and Kim at 320-235-0030 or 320-295-6000.

Memory Cafe

WILLMAR – The Forget-Me-Knot Memory Cafe will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the upstairs community room at the Willmar Public Library. The group offers a place for individuals with early dementia and their caregivers to socialize, receive support and get connected with local resources. For more information, call 320-235-8573.

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, Sept. 12, in the Willmar Skylark Clinic conference room. This group will be facilitated by a surgeon and a registered nurse. To register, call 320-214-6966 or online at carrishealth.com.

Health fair

ATWATER – Atwater Area Help for Seniors will host a community health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Atwater Community Center.

Flu shots will be offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. (bring insurance information) for ages six months and up. Free blood pressure checks, exhibits by area health care providers and community resources, refreshments and more. Free disposal of expired and unused medications will be available as well. Everyone of all ages is welcome to attend.

Medicare class

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. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota in this one day class. The next class will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Willmar Community Center. No fee. Call Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 to register.

QPR suicide prevention class

SPICER – The National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota will have a free QPR suicide prevention presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer. Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, question-persuade-refer is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives and is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. Advance registration is required, see “classes” at namimn.org. For more information, contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Compassionate Friends

WILLMAR – The West Central Minnesota chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 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 www.compassionatefriendswcmn.org.

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. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at the consumer health library of 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. 23 and Oct. 7, 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 if they have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. You can give blood every 56 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 www.redcrossblood.org 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:

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

Sept. 19, New London: 1 to 7 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church

Sept. 20, Willmar: 7 to 11 a.m. Minnesota Department of Transportation

Sept. 20, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion

Sept. 23, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

Sept. 23, Granite Falls: 1 to 7 p.m., Kilowatt Center

Sept. 23, Milan: 1 to 7 p.m., Kviteseid Lutheran Church

Sept. 24, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Eagle Lake Lutheran Church

Sept. 24, Maynard: Noon to 6 p.m., Maynard Events Center

Sept. 24, Granite Falls: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Prairie's Edge Casino

Sept. 24, Granite Falls: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Yellow Medicine East High School

Sept. 24, Hancock: 1 to 7 p.m., The Axis

Sept. 25, Clara City: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community Center

Sept. 25, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Minnewaska Area High School

Sept. 26, Appleton: Noon to 6 p.m., Appleton Area Health Services

Sept. 30, Granite Falls: 2 to 7 p.m., The Rock