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This year’s North Shore Health Care Foundation Health
Conference focuses on positive steps people can take as they age. We
may not know what will happen along that journey, but there are
important choices we can make along the way to support quality of life
and peace of mind for both ourselves and our loved ones.
The conference is set for 9 a.m. to noon May 5 at the Arrowhead Center
for the Arts. The keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Barry
Baines, who will present Leaving a Legacy. Baines is author of Ethical
Wills: Putting your Values on Paper and a leading authority on ethical
wills. Ethical wills are a way to share your values, blessings, life's
lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, and forgiveness with
your family, friends, and community. Today, ethical wills are being
written by people at turning points and transitions in their lives and
when facing challenging life situations.
Following the keynote address are two panel presentations: In Getting
the Health Care I Want Sandy Stover, MD., a family physician at the
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, will talk about how to promote your goals of
care with your physician and across health care settings.
In Staying at Home as We Age Marjori Bottila, from the Area Agency on
Aging and Senior Linkage Line will address choices you can make today
that will make it easier for you stay in your homes. Jeannette
Lindgren, RN, Care Partners’ Care Coordinator and a trained Caregiver
Coach will talk about her work to help people stay in their homes and
especially ways to sustain ourselves as caregivers.
On Tuesday, April 24 at a meeting held at WTIP, the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op board of directors unanimously voted to demolish the current co-op building and replace it with a much larger store. Board members passing the motion were Alyssa Hedstrom, Rick Schubert, Erik Hahn, Barb LaVigne, Jeanne Wright, Linda Harvey and Nick Vavrichek.
Although final plans are yet to be completed, the new store will likely be about 6,000 square feet with 3,500 feet of retail space and 2,500 feet for offices, coolers, prep area, etc. The current store is 3,780 square feet with 1,620 feet of retail space and was not designed to be a grocery store. The building is not energy efficient, the roof leaks and there are other structural deficiencies.
To help finance the project the board has authorized an “Owner Loan Campaign” that will hopefully raise $600,000. The co-op has $350,000 in cash reserves and will be seeking loans from the local banks and the credit union, as well as a loan from North Country Cooperative Development Fund, which loans money to co-op’s for expansion, said general manager Jennifer Stolz.
Concerns have been raised however about the future of the mural created over a period of five years by Sawtooth Mountain Elementary 4th graders, under direction of local artist/author/teacher Kelly Dupre and teacher Jana Larson. Kelly Dupre met with the co-op board and reminded them that the murals, depicting the four seasons of the Northland, were created with the involvement of 250 students, more than 150 parent/adult volunteers. She also cited grants and donations from individuals, local businesses and Northland Foundation, Cook County Parent Teacher/Teacher Association, Cook County Schools Education Foundation, Education Minnesota and more.
What can we do individually and collectively to reduce violence in our community? What kind of programs and experiences would support the development of healthy and non-violent relationships among youth and families?
The Violence Prevention Center has initiated a strategic planning process. In this process, we are conducting a needs assessment. We would like to elicit the ideas and feelings of community members. The Violence Prevention Center has always and will continue to provide supportive services to individuals who are victims of relationship violence. However, we also recognize the importance of embracing a more expansive role in prevention. That means providing early intervention and education services to the youth and families of our community.
Research has revealed quite a bit about the impact of family violence on youth. We know that children who are exposed to domestic violence tend to have behavioral problems such as aggression and disobedience as well as depression, anxiety, loss of self-confidence and lower school achievement. These children are also at increased risk to be a victim or a perpetrator of aggression in their own relationships. This might include bullying, dating violence and sexual harassment.
There are many services and resources that can contribute to healthy, non-violent relationships. For example, access to healthy role models and relationships for boys and girls, the availability of trustworthy and supportive adults, the proactive teaching of non-violent conflict resolution and coping skills and access to accurate developmental information and adaptive parenting strategies are just a few of many approaches that can play a part in preventing violent relationships.
The Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would slow -- and in some cases halt -- the U.S. Postal Service’s effort to close post offices and other facilities, including the mail processing center in Duluth.
The Duluth News-Tribune reports a 62-37 vote sent a strong bipartisan message that, though the system is ailing financially, it’s not good politics, especially in an election year, to take a scythe to popular parts of the Postal Service. Sen. Al Franken said that the bill would directly affect Duluth.
“I’m relieved to announce that the Duluth processing center will likely remain open,” Franken said. It would save the 100 jobs there and ease fears about increased mailing costs for businesses.
Franken said it didn’t make sense that mail sent in Duluth to another part of the city should have to be sent to St. Paul for processing.
“Processing centers are key to ensuring timely delivery of everything from newspapers to prescriptions,” he said.
Franken asked for a moratorium on any closings until May 15 so work could be done on the bill.
Last winter, the News-Herald’s "Taste of Home" columnist, Sandy Holthaus agreed to take part in a mission trip with St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale, Minnesota. The former Schroeder resident is on the final countdown for her adventure. In just six weeks the mission group will be landing in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa.
The church group will be bringing medical supplies and altar cloths to the Matamba school and parish. Holthaus and the other members of the mission trip are collecting and packing batteries, duct tape, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, cheater reading glasses, pencils with sharpeners, pens, Neosporin, Advil, Tylenol, prenatal vitamins and multivitamins. They are also accepting cash donations to purchase children’s shoes once they reach Africa.
During the group’s 19-day stay, they will also be providing prenatal education and hygiene training.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to Holthaus’s mission trip may do so by sending a contribution to: Sandy Holthaus, 4196 Rhoades Ave NW, South Haven MN 55381. For more information, contact Holthaus at email@example.com or call (320) 236-5604.
ST. PAUL — Complex rules aimed at reducing haze over Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness were approved Tuesday by the citizen’s board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The board, which oversees the agency, unanimously voted to send the rules to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.
The rules are part of an EPA effort to improve visibility in national parks and wilderness areas. The haze over Voyageurs and the BWCAW comes mostly from nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide from Minnesota’s coal-fired power plants and taconite plants. That haze also drifts over Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.
The rules approved Tuesday were looser than the state agency’s staff originally proposed. They were eased after Cliffs Natural Resources officials said the Hibbing Taconite and United Taconite plants would have trouble complying with proposed nitrogen oxide limits. The board deferred a vote at last month’s meeting to give staff members more time to work with the company.
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, urged the board to reject the rules, saying they don’t make enough progress toward the goals of cleaning up the air over national parks and wilderness areas or protecting the health of all Minnesotans.
The National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service also have said that the plan won’t cut haze enough.