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.

Sexual assault survivor

LITCHFIELD – The sexual assault survivor support group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 225 Holcombe Ave. N., Litchfield. Enter through the parking lot door.

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

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, QPR (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 For more information, contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Aging Wisely

WILLMAR – “Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Willmar Community Center for a discussion on health issues as we are growing older, aging wisely. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. For more information, call Carrie at 320-231-2598.

NAMI Western Minnesota

WILLMAR – The NAMI Western Minnesota mental health support groups for families and peer-to-peer support will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar. Use the east door, downstairs to the Lakeland Auditorium. Family groups are led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness. The group helps families develop better coping skills and strength through sharing. It is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information call 320-444-1707 or 320-235-3084.


WILLMAR – The You Are Not Alone cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Willmar Fire Station training room in Willmar. It is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, any stage, any age. For more information, call Rachel at 320-231-4570.

Vitals app

WILLMAR – Advocacy & Inclusion Matter will have a seminar on the Vitals app at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. The Vitals app is designed to improve interactions between first responders and people with disabilities through smartphone technology. Facilitator Paula Bredberg said, “The Vitals app can put needed information that you personally dictate into the hands of law enforcement and first responders for the best result in so many situations.” The free seminar is open to the public. Advance registration is required; call the AIM office at 320-231-1777 by Sept. 23.

Memory loss

MONTEVIDEO – The Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network will host an educational day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at United Methodist Church in Montevideo. Guest speakers will be Dr. Terry Barclay and his wife, Michelle Barclay. Both come with impressive credentials and topics will include discussions about dementia, communication, latest research, brain health and a segment to "ask the experts." The training is for the general public and family caregivers as well as nurses, nursing assistants, etc. Certificates of participation and six continuing education units will be available for a fee. There is a nominal fee to attend; however, there are also scholarships available for general admission if the fee is a barrier for attendance. Advance registration required by Sept. 23. To register, please contact Lori Petersen, chair of the group and Memory Care Coordinator at CCM Health, 320-226-2343.

Dementia network fall event

WILLMAR – The West Central Dementia Awareness Network presents a seminar from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Willmar Community Center. Dr. David Newcomer will speak on “The Difficult Journey of Dementia,” followed by dinner and networking. There will be talks on Project Life Saver and Kandiyohi County Triad, finishing with “Seeing the Humor Through the Disease” by Granny L. Freewill donation for the event and supper. Register by calling 320-235-1901. Please indicate if you will need complimentary respite care for your loved one at Day Break while attending the event.

Community Health Service

WILLMAR – Community Health Service Inc. provides affordable health care for seasonal workers, farmers, hired help and families who have been employed in agriculture in the past 24 months. Retired and disabled farmers also qualify. Health care services are available at Community Health Service, 1804 Trott Ave. S.W., Willmar. Sliding fee scales are income-based. Late clinic hours are offered with a health care provider. Interpreter services also are available. For more information about hours and appointments, call 320-214-7286.

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. 24 and Oct. 8, 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, Sept. 23 and Oct. 7, 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:

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 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