Health Calendar published Aug. 19, 2020

Support groups, clinics and health classes are published weekly on Wednesdays. Email submissions to by 10 a.m. at least a week in advance.

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Home-delivered meals

Willmar Meals on Wheels: Instead of volunteers, CCT bus drivers are delivering Meals on Wheels on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On these three days, the meal is hot but a frozen meal for the following day or the weekend can also be included.

The meals are available for persons who are unable to cook for themselves due to their age, disability, illness or recent release from the hospital.

Along with the regular meal, three special diet meals are available. The cost is $6.81 and includes all the side dishes (including dessert) and either milk or juice.

Order by 1 p.m. the weekday before the delivery day by calling 320-235-5310 ext. 219 or 320-894-7401.

The menu is available on West Central Industries website, under Business Solutions.


Willmar Senior Dining: The meals will be available for curbside pickup at the Community Center between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Frozen meals are available.

The meals are open to those who are 60 years of age and older. Suggested donation of $5 a meal, one-time registration is required by calling 1-800-488-4146.

To reserve a meal call 320-262-5288 by noon the day before and leave a message.

The menu is available on the city of Willmar website under Community Center.

Veterans tele-town hall

MONTEVIDEO — A town hall meeting for veterans served by the Montevideo Veterans Affairs Clinic will be at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 24, via telephone. It will focus on improving VA health care services and programs and will provide veterans the chance to hear from and have concerns addressed by St. Cloud VA officials while observing social distancing guidelines.

Veterans enrolled in the Montevideo VA Clinic area will receive an automated phone call at 2:30 p.m. Monday inviting them to join the town hall. Callers desiring to ask a question via telephone will be placed in a queue. If some questions can’t be addressed during the event, VA staff will contact callers with questions following the event. Veterans who do not desire to participate can simply hang up the phone.

Senior LinkAge Line

Older adults can contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to receive help with questions involving Medicare and health insurance, services to stay in your home or help affording medication. 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 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 .


A new finder tool at is a searchable listing of services from across the state. Users can access the information through categories of services, such as home-delivered meals, grocery and drug deliveries, care coordination and home care. Search capabilities make it easy to find services relatively close to home. Currently, the listing includes services provided under the Older Americans Act and other readily accessed information.

NAMI Western Minnesota

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Minnesota have started online support groups and mental health classes in response to COVID-19. All are available through the Minnesota website at .

Support groups: Free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, for their families, friends, spouses/partners as well as parents of children and teens. Led by trained peer facilitators, the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences.

Mental health classes: Free online mental health classes. They include classes such as a suicide prevention class called QPR — Question, Persuade and Refer, a separate QPR class for agricultural communities and more. The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers and also the general public.

Virtual walk: Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. NAMIWalks Minnesota’s DIT (Do It Together) virtual walk will combine virtual “socially distanced” components with “real life” safe-distance celebrations. To register, “see classes” at or, contact Julia at or 651-645-2948, ext. 104.

HELP — helping employees live in a pandemic: An online mental health program for employers to offer their employees to help them manage their stress, coping skills and resiliency during COVID-19. Class topics include mental health, staying connected, coping with kids, physical activity, nutrition and also the Question, Persuade and Refer course, which teaches the three steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide. All classes are one hour in length. Employers can choose one or all of the classes to be offered through Zoom or another online platform. NAMI Minnesota appreciates, but does not require, an honorarium for delivering the classes. For information or to schedule a class, contact NAMI Minnesota at .


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:


Aug. 19, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kandiyohi County Area YMCA

Aug. 19, Dawson: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center

Aug. 24, Grove City: 1 to 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church

Aug. 24, Paynesville: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

Aug. 25, Holloway: 1 to 6 p.m., Community Center

Aug. 26, Kerkhoven: 1 to 7 p.m., Civic Center

Aug. 27, Benson: 1 to 7 p.m., First Evangelical Free Church

Aug. 28, Appleton: Noon to 6 p.m., Appleton Area Health Services

Aug. 31, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Willmar Elks Lodge

Sept. 1, Lake Lillian: 2 to 7 p.m., United Lutheran Church

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

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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