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News briefs - Oct. 2 edition

Burger Bash for Homecoming Oct. 3

Central Minnesota Credit Union will hold a Burger Bash before the Wolverine Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 3 next to the football field from 5 to 7 p.m. All proceeds from the sale of burgers will be donated to support WDC activities. Enjoy a burger, then stay to support the Wolverines in their game against Long Prairie/Grey Eagle.

Otter Tail County holds flu clinics on Oct. 8

Otter Tail County will be holding flu immunization clinics On Oct. 8 at the following times and locations:

Bluffton Community Center - 9 to 9:45 a.m.

Deer Creek Community Center - 10:15 to 11 a.m.

Coat drive set for Sept. 30-Oct. 30

The Cyber Cafe in Wadena will hold its 7th Annual Coat Drive from Sept. 30 through Oct. 30. Bring gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves to the Cyber Cafe, 210 Jefferson St. All items will be sent to Rising Phoenix for distribution through Social Services, local churches and Mahube/Otwa Community Action.

For more information, call Doug Wolff at (218)632-5700 or Ann Pate at (218)631-2665.

Someplace Safe holds awareness walk Oct. 7

To recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Someplace Safe's Wadena office will hold its 2nd annual Every Step Counts awareness walk throughout town Tuesday Oct. 7.

Registration will take place at the M State Wadena campus at 4:30 p.m. and the walk will begin at 5 p.m. The event features entertainment, games, food and pumpkin decorating.

Fire department open house set for Oct. 6

The Wadena Fire Department will host a fire prevention open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at the south hall on Colfax Avenue Southeast. There will be door prizes, food and beverages, handouts for families, safety demonstrations, tours of the fire hall, trucks and equipment and an opportunity to meet members of the Wadena Fire Department. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming flu shot clinics set in October

Tri-County Health Care will be holding seasonal flu shot clinics at each of its five clinics.

Henning: Oct. 8 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ottertail: Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sebeka: Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wadena: Oct. 21 from 7 to 9 a.m.

Wadena: Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Tri-County Health Care offers a significant discount for those paying at the time of the flu shot clinic. We accept all Medicare Advantage Plans, including Humana. Medicare and Medicaid will pay for the flu shot. If you have another form of insurance and are wondering if your flu shot is covered, please call the phone number listed on the back of your insurance card. Be sure to bring your insurance card with you to the flu shot clinic.

The flu vaccination is recommended for everyone to help protect high-risk and healthy persons from disease. This year, Tri-County Health Care will be offering an all-in-one flu shot that protects against three flu strains: an A/H1N1 strain, A/H3N2 and a B strain. A Flu Mist will also be offered that protects against an A/H1N1, H3N2 and two B strains.

The Flu mist is a live vaccine available for patients ages two to 49, without compromising health concerns. Starting in 2014-2015, CDC recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine for healthy children two years through eight years of age when it is immediately available and if the child has no contraindications or precautions to that vaccine. If the nasal spray vaccine is not immediately available and the flu shot is, vaccination should not be delayed and a flu shot should be given.

Please visit our website,, or check out the Tri-County Health Care Facebook page for information on upcoming flu shot clinics.

Mental health meeting on tap for Oct. 14

The Regional Mental Health Advisory Council will host the ACCESS mental health event on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. There will be a NAMI presentation, Regional LAC's 4th quarter meeting, lunch, discussions and door prizes. Gas cards will be provided to those who bring guests.

To register, call (218)296-2067 or email

Grief support group to meet Oct. 7

Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) will host its monthly grief support group on Tuesday, Oct 7. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room, located in the lower level of Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.

Anyone who has experienced a loss is invited to the support group. The group's purpose is to offer understanding, suggestions for coping, support, friendship and, most of all, hope to bereaved adults. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month.

To learn more about the month grief support group, contact Tri-County Health Care's Social Services Staff, Jenny Doll or Sara Stone, at (218)631-5228.

Diabetes support group to meet Oct. 13

Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) will host its monthly diabetes support group meeting on Monday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. This month's topic is all about learning how to exercise using exercise bands. Participants should bring comfortable clothing as they will be learning and discussing how to exercise with exercise bands at this month's meeting.

The support group meets the second Monday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at Tri-County Health Care. Anyone with an interest in learning more about diabetes is invited to attend. For more information, contact Pam Doebbeling, RN and Diabetes Educator, at (218) 631-3510, ext. 5376.

Adult Survivors of Suicide Loss support group to meet Oct. 21

Tri-County Health Care has started an "Adult Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group" to help those in the area affected by suicide. The monthly support group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the Wesley Conference Room at Tri-County Health Care.

The monthly Adult Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room at Tri-County Health Care. The confidential support group provides a safe place for those who have experienced this type of loss to find support, share their story and learn ways to cope. The Adult Survivors of Suicide Loss support group is open to all adult family members and friends of a loved one who has completed suicide.

If you have any questions about the support group, please contact Tri-County Health Care Medical Social Services at (218)631-5228.