Tri-County Health Care launched eClinic, a new virtual health care service, on Wednesday, Sept. 19. It is an online diagnosis and treatment service that provides area residents ages two to 65 convenient access to health care by connecting them virtually with trusted providers.
Wadena County Public Health Department will conduct monthly immunization clinics as follows for the month of October: • Thursday, Oct. 4, 3 to 5 p.m. • Tuesday Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Wadena County Public Health, walk ins welcome. • Monday, Oct. 8 at First English Lutheran Church, 17 Main St NW, Menahga, call for an appointment. Please bring your immunization record if available. All minors must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
Wadena County Public Health offers family and child health services, including WIC, child health screenings, dental varnish, lead screenings, prenatal and family home visiting. For information and to schedule appointment call Wadena County Public Health at (218) 631-7629 or (888) 883-0351.
In 2016, more than 42,000 Americans died from overdoses involving opioids. In Minnesota, there was 395 deaths related to opioid overdose that same year. Nearly half of those are involve a prescription drug. Leota Lind, CEO at South Country Health Alliance spoke about what the health insurance program is doing to see the trend of opioid misuse drop during a recent Wadena County Board meeting. Lind shared some hard facts about the 12 counties served by SCHA. "You'll notice that over half of all opioid overdoses are the result of prescription drugs," Lind said.
The idea of making the Wadena County auditor/treasurer and recorder positions appointed rather than elected is one that has been bounced around for 10-12 years according to Wadena County Commissioner Jim Hofer. Conversations continued on the subject during the regular commission meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18. Hofer said he had conversations with other members including Sen. Paul Gazelka, Sept. 13-14, at the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Fall Policy Conference.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School board accepted retirement notices from two long-time employees at the school during their last regular meeting Sept. 17. Joyce Boyne, senior bookkeeper at WDC, has been employed with the school for 50 years, her coworker Vicky Schmitz, accounts payable employee, has been at the district for 40 years. Both wrote letters to the school Superintendent Lee Westrum announcing their plans to retire at the end of December 2018. In her letter, Boyne spoke of the difficult decision to leave the place she's known for so long.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office is proud to announce that volunteer pastor Bryan Oothoudt was chosen as the Volunteer of the Year by the Minnesota Sheriff's Association. Oothoudt was nominated by Wadena County Sheriff Michael D. Carr and Jail Administrator, Sgt. Bryan Savaloja. To be eligible for this award, Oothoudt had to meet the following criteria, which he far exceeded: • Has provided consistent service in the facility for three or more years and receives no compensation for his/her services and/or responsibilities.
Hunger, poverty, childhood education and care, mental health and more are the issues that affect our community everyday. The United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena counties seeks to mobilize the communities into caring for those needs with a campaign titled "Give Where You Live." United Way Executive Director Mary Phillipe said what's unique about United Way is that every single United Way is an autonomous organization.
The public is invited to attend the Tri-County Health Care Foundation's first All Heart Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at Thumper Pond in Ottertail. Tickets are $75 each or $150 per couple. Table and VIP sponsorships are also available. Cocktail attire is requested, with tuxedos optional. The evening kicks off with a silent auction and social hour, followed by an elegant dinner, live auction and entertainment by Duelly Noted, a one-of-a-kind dueling pianos act that plays favorite hits from the 1960s to today.
New faces, new schedules and new routines are not the only new encounters for students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College's Wadena campus this fall. Walk through the front doors, and you may not recognize the campus. Everyone who enters the front doors is greeted by resource specialists stationed in the reception area adjacent to the newly remodeled Student Development Services Center. The SDS space is just one piece of the new landscaped on the campus this fall.