MDA now accepting applications for Noxious Weed/Invasive Plant Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the 2022 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant. Counties, municipalities, tribal governments, and weed management entities (including weed management areas) may apply for grants to mitigate noxious weeds around the state. Grants for fiscal year 2022 will be funded up to $5,000. The awards…

How to handle your Medicare coverage if you move

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are moving to a different area of the country to be near our daughter. Will this affect our Medicare benefits? Will we need to adjust our coverage or re-enroll in a new plan? Moving Away Dear Moving, Moving can indeed affect your Medicare benefits depending…

Food allergies

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers, Food allergies are on the rise in the United States, and it is estimated that as many as 8% of children suffer from at least one food allergy. A food allergy occurs when your body’s immune system responds to a particular food as harmful and has a reaction.…

Minnesota National Guard prepares to support COVID-19 testing sites

Seventy-five soldiers and air-men from the Minnesota National Guard are preparing to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts starting Monday, Oct. 13. “The Minnesota National Guard’s motto is ‘Always Ready, Always There’ and demonstrates our commitment to support Minnesota citizens,” said Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard’s Adjutant General. “We have supported public…

CentraCare’s message to the community

“There are no beds.” It’s a phrase that has become far too commonplace inside Emergency Departments and hospitals as physicians seek to find higher levels of care for their patients. What does it really mean? We are in a dire situation. As COVID-19 continues to rip through our communities – especially where vaccination rates remain…

Suiting up for weight-loss success

TOPS men tell all, part 2 of 3 Reprinted from TOPS News Magazine with permission Previously, we shared the journey of J. Wayne Holden. This week we share the story of Gunter Niklas and his weight-loss success. The journey At a certain point in life, you realize you’ve got to take this stuff off or…

Mobile app gives access to immunization records

Stearns County Public Health is receiving a number of calls from residents wanting record of their COVID-19 vaccination. Immunization records, including COVID-19 vaccinations, can easily be accessed through the Docket app. Docket enables Minnesota residents to securely view and share their immunization records. MIIC, Minnesota Immunization Information Connection, combines all immunizations a person has received…

NAMI Minnesota State Conference on Hope and Healing

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold its state conference virtually from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Titled “Hope and Healing,” the conference will feature nationally known keynote speakers and 15 breakout sessions on current mental health topics for professionals, individuals living with mental illnesses, family members, advocates, and students. Elyn R.…

COVID-19 Armory Testing Site now includes Fridays

Beginning the week of Oct. 11, the site will be open for testing on Fridays, instead of just Monday through Thursday. St. Cloud Community Testing Site St. Cloud Armory 1710 Veterans Drive Saliva test Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment visit http://mncovidtestingappt.as.me.

Now is the time to control buckthorn

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension October is a great time of year to spot and manage the buckthorn on your property. Buckthorn is a tall shrub or small tree that can reach 25 feet tall. It is commonly found in the understory of woodlands, fence lines, and forest edges. Buckthorn is easy to…