Dock and lift removal is an important time to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds lake property owners to check boats and trailers, docks, and boat lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage. While it’s always important to look for invasive species on boats, docks, and other equipment, it is especially important at this time…

How to keep a watchful eye on an aging parent

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any services or technology that help me monitor my elderly mother who lives alone? Since the coronavirus pandemic started last March, my sister and I have noticed that my mom’s health has slipped a bit, so we would like to find something that helps us keep…

Vitamin D and COVID-19

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers As scientists work tirelessly to find a treatment and a vaccine for the coronavirus, a common supplement has come to light as a possible aid in the COVID-19 pandemic. It may be in your medicine cabinet, and your kitchen almost certainly contains a food that is fortified with…

CentraCare offering drive-thru flu vaccination clinics

While it is important to get a flu vaccination every year, this year it is especially important to reduce the spread of flu-like illness in our community. Since COVID-19 and influenza symptoms may seem similar, getting a flu vaccination will give people a better understanding of what to do if they start having symptoms. To…

Hungry Minnesotans can get help

Aug. 31 is renewal deadline for September benefits By Commissioner Jodi Harpstead Minnesota Department of Human Services Everyone needs help sometimes. That is especially true for Minnesotans who have lost their jobs or have been hit hard by COVID-19, especially those in Black, Asian, Latino, Native American, and immigrant communities. As I have listened to…

American Red Cross thanks you

The American Red Cross visited Eden Valley Monday, Aug. 17. They were able to collect 75 units for patients in need. Thank you to all the volunteers, staff, and those of you who helped promote this blood drive. Your dedication and time was worth the effort. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was so welcoming as they…

Japanese beetles in central Minnesota

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) have been in Minnesota since 1968, but in central Minnesota we do not tend to see them very often. Unfortunately, that trend seems to be changing. I have had several reports just this week from gardeners reporting large numbers of the invasive insect. The…

CentraCare reduces COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms

Increased demand for COVID-19 testing in recent weeks has led to a national shortage of supplies (reagents) needed to process tests. CentraCare is making changes to allocate testing resources to individuals with the greatest needs. As a result of these circumstances, the following groups of people will be prioritized for COVID-19 testing: 

MDA expands options for contacting Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline

Text and email service now available The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering two new ways that farmers and others involved in agriculture can contact the Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline: text and email. “We want to make it as easy as possible for our farmers to get the help they need when they…

Minnesota Starwatch for August 2020

By Deane Morrison, U of M Summer may fade in August, but that brings darker skies and longer hours to watch stars and planets. The month starts out with a nearly full moon rising the evening of the 2nd. That night it follows Saturn and brilliant Jupiter across the sky, becoming full at 10:59 a.m.…

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