Jessica Sly has been working as a content writer at the Echo Press since May 2012, contributing, proofreading and editing content for both the Echo and Osakis Review. A Wadena native, she graduated from Verndale High School in 2009 and worked that summer at the Wadena Pioneer Journal as an intern reporter. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul (now the University of Northwestern - St. Paul), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Bible. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (and learning the violin), reading, writing novels, going to the movies, and exploring Alexandria.
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Uff-da! Thirty-one years you say? Well, you bet'cha those years were chock full of side-splitting, rollicking good times! After all, they're Minnesota's golden girls, dontcha know? They're comediennes Sue "Tina" Edwards and Annette "Lena" Watkin, who made a name for themselves across the state and around the country as the dynamic duo Tina and Lena. This year, they're tying a neat bow on their many years together and saying thanks for the memories. Their last shows include appearances at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 27 and 28 and final performance in Alexandria on Aug.
A patient's health and care should be at the top of every hospital's priorities. Thanks to a new designation, Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) in Wadena knows that it is doing everything possible to offer the best patient care. TCHC was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by Joint Commission, a national hospital-accrediting organization. TCHC received the designation in November 2014 for the cumulative 2013 year.
What would you do if you were diagnosed with a chronic, incurable disease? Quinn Nystrom, social media specialist at Tri-County Health Care, had to answer that question at the age of 13, when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas completely shuts down and no longer produces insulin, Nystrom explained. Insulin gives the body the ability to process and use sugar (glucose).
It was just a routine walk. Taryn Flolid and her husband, Chuck, took one every day on the west side of Lake Ida. But on one of their walks last summer, a discovery disrupted their routine. Flolid noticed a strange object peeking out of the dirt. An oblong gray rock lay buried up to its flat surface, a curved notch visible in its side. "It did not look organic," Flolid said. "My husband dug it out with his foot, and then I turned it over and I thought, 'That definitely looks like a worked piece.'" Flolid took it home and cleaned it up.