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Lanesboro Farmer's Market: now high in fiber


Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Lanesboro Farmer's Market provides fresh local produce, homemade jams and jellies, honey and soap, herbs and plants, and yummy baked goods. Now it's also high in fiber. This year a new vendor joined the market, adding wool and mohair to the mix. Kindred Spirit Farm sells their fiber products representing all phases of processing. They have raw wool, washed wool, roving, handspun yarn, mill spun yarn, and a few knitted and felted creations. Stacey York and her family moved their small fiber farm to Fillmore County two years ago. Even though they are still clearing land, establishing pastures, and fencing, producing and processing high quality wool has been a priority since day one.

They try to keep their sheep on pasture and put coats on them during muddy or wet weather. Each year they experiment with when to shear. Some of their sheep are sheared once a year and some are sheared twice. With three spinning wheels and a drum carder, Stacey tries to process about half of the fiber herself and she sends the rest up to a mill on a friend's farm in Hastings, Minnesota. The wool is hand washed, air dried, and dyed in small batches. Most of her yarn is spun in a lopi style which is thick or bulky weight and is very soft and lofty. It is attractive to knitters because you can use large needles and it works up quickly.

Kindred Spirit Farm's motto is "Sheep in the pasture, wool in hand, satisfies the soul." Stacey and her family get great pleasure from their sheep. They proudly display them at the Shepherd's Harvest festival in Lake Elmo and show them at local fairs and the State Fair. In recent years, they've spent many hours in the Baa Booth at the Minnesota State Fair promoting wool and American lamb.

They raise three breeds of longwool sheep. Romneys have the softest wool and is easy to spin and felt. It is often used in teaching people how to spin. Their other two breeds are heritage and endangered breeds. The Leicester Longwools have the shiniest wool, which is often mistaken for mohair. With less than 2,000 left in the world, the Leicester (pronounced lester) Longwools are listed as "critical" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Leicesters have historical significance because George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had some. The champion ram at the first Minnesota State Fair was a Leicester Longwool. Today these sheep are best known as the breed that is part of the heritage farm at Colonial Williamsburg. Kindred Spirit Far .....
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HHS official to discuss efforts to improve access to coverage for children with pre-existing conditions

Wed, Oct 13th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



The Director of HHS' Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Jay Angoff, will hold a press conference call at 11:00 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 to discuss efforts by HHS and states to improve access to health coverag ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 56 units

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on September 21st succeeded in collecting 53 units of blood. There were 57 donors that presented and four first-time participants. Congratulations to these six donors who reached the following milestones:

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Seasonal influenza vaccination clinics scheduled

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently encourages everyone over the age of six months to get vaccinated for seasonal influenza as soon as vaccine becomes available in your community. For families with children under the age of ..... 
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Public health leaders receive 2010 Community Health Service Awards

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Awards were presented to:

Project Harmony, Meeker, McLeod, and Sibley Counties; Steve Simenson, Anoka County; Blue Earth County H1N1 Vaccination Team; Kari Guida, Minnesota Department of Health; David Benson, Nobles County; Marina McManus, An ..... 
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Senator Al Franken Addressing World Alzheimer's Day in Minnesota

Thu, Sep 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minneapolis, MN - The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota commends Senator Al Franken for his support of World Alzheimer's Day, September 21, 2010. Senator Franken declared Alzheimer's Awareness day. For the more than 5 million people nati ..... 
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Fillmore County TZD to offer child passenger safety clinic

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Preston - Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week is September 19-25, and Fillmore County Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Coalition is emphasizing the importance of proper child safety restraint use and the state's new booster seat law to keep children safe whil ..... 
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Minnesota Departments of Health and Education collaborate to reach out to pregnant women and new mothers

Wed, Sep 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Across the country, pregnant women and new moms are signing up for free text messages from text4baby - a new free mobile information service providing timely health information to pregnant women and new moms from pregnancy through a baby's first year ..... 
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Health Department confirms cause of death in seven-year-old child

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



The Minnesota Department of Health today confirmed the cause of death of a seven-year-old child as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a very rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba associated with warm freshwater.

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