Tricounty News

Life Link III helps save lives

New helicopters increase speed and provide highest standards of safety

Life Link III, which provides helicopter emergency transportation for CentraCare Health, has purchased six newW-LifeLink3Shoot1 0092.3helicopters – one to operate at each of their bases, plus a system spare, to ensure delivery of the highest quality of transport care.

In the new aircraft, Life Link III can get to patients faster, transport them to the necessary level of care in less time, and continue to provide the highest quality critical care en route. The high-tech Garmin G1000H avionics system with synthetic vision and satellite weather reporting provides pilots with greater situational awareness, enhancing the safety on every flight. As a Level II Trauma Center, St. Cloud Hospital averages more than 700 helicopter landings each year; CentraCare Health has more than 775 as a system.


Aug. 26: Free nitrate water testing clinic


The cities of Eden Valley and Watkins are offering a free nitrate water testing clinic 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Eden Valley Civic Center.

Do you get your drinking water from a private well? If so, this clinic is for you.

Experts strongly recommend you test your water for nitrates. They are the most common contaminants in Minnesota’s groundwater. Elevated levels of nitrates are known to cause Blue Baby Syndrome, which can be fatal.

To collect the sample:

• Let tap run for 5-10 minutes

• Collect tap water in a clean plastic or glass container

• Keep cool

• Samples should be collected less than 24 hours prior to test.

Eden Valley Civic Center is located at 171 Cossairt Avenue West, Eden Valley.


Survey sheds light on health concerns in area

What health issues are of concern to Stearns County residents? Results from a 44-question area-wide health survey have been compiled and the results posted online.

The survey was a collaborative effort by five area county Public Health agencies and five health care systems located within those counties. Approximately 12,000 random households were asked to complete the survey, with a wide array of questions about residents’ access to health care, nutrition, physical activity, financial stress, tobacco or drug use, driving behaviors, bullying, and other social, physical and mental health-related issues.


Put life back in your life

Call now to sign up for a Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop, designed for adults who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems and get relief from their pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. A six-week workshop will be offered at Assumption Community in Cold Spring, every Tuesday at 1:30-4 p.m. from Tuesday Sept. 16 to Oct. 21. A suggested donation of $35 will be accepted to cover the costs and the book. To register, or to receive more information, call Mike Lamb at (320) 348-2322.


Family and friends support group for eating disorders

At St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic

In the United States, nearly 30 million women and men of all ages, race and backgrounds suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, at some point in their lives. An eating disorder affects the entire family.

To help, the St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic is offering a Family and Friends Support Group for Eating Disorders from 4:30-6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at CentraCare Health Plaza in the Leonard, Street & Deinard room. Upcoming meetings are Aug. 7, Sept. 4, and Oct. 2. Groups are led by a licensed psychologist or registered dietitian and provide support to friends and family through education and sharing with others who also have a loved one with an eating disorder. Each month a different topic will be explored. Attendees will take away tips for making mealtimes less stressful, how to respond to food and body image struggles and what to say or not to say.

This group is intended for family members and friends of a person with an eating disorder and is NOT appropriate for people who currently struggle with an eating disorder. There is no cost to attend. For details, please (320) 229-4918 and ask for Bette Bakke, Lauren Forest or Barbara Carver.