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Wagons Ho! 24th Annual Friendship Wagon Train June 23-June 30, 2012


Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Members of the Friendship Wagon Train are gearing up for their annual week-long trek through southeast Minnesota. Their #1 goal ... to raise funds for children and adults with developmental disabilities who attend Camp Winnebago. Camp Winnebago, located near Caledonia, Minnesota, runs several one-week camps for these special people to share in outdoor activities that most of us take for granted.

For 24 years this dedicated group of wagontrainers has gathered and traveled through many parts of Minnesota. The group has grown to consist of people from across the country—Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi. Many of the volunteers of the 2012 Friendship Wagon Train will be traveling across the countryside in wagons pulled by horses or mules, while others will be riding in a saddle. The public is invited to come out to see and visit with them during the week of June 23 – June 30.

This year, the group will be assembling in Stewartville, MN, on Friday, June 22. The wagon train will leave on its journey at 8 am on Saturday, June 23. Through the week, the wagon train will travel as follows: Stewartville to Chatfield; Chatfield to Fountain to Preston; Preston to Harmony to Canton; Canton to Hesper to Mabel; Mabel to Blackhammer; Blackhammer to Schech’s Mill to Caledonia; Caledonia to Camp Winnebago. On Saturday, June 30, the Wagon Train will have its final ceremony at Camp Winnebago where the group will present all donations raised through the week to Barb Cage, Director of Camp Winnebago.

Meals along the route will be prepared by several organizations in the communities the Wagon Train is passing through—Lions Clubs, Churches, 4H clubs, local individuals and businesses.

100 percent of the funds raised by the Friendship Wagon Train will be donated to Camp Winnebago on June 30. Last year the group raised over $30,000 during the week’s journey. It is their hope to have a successful fundraiser again this year. Individual, business, and group donations are accepted all along the route.

Take time to come out to meet the Wagon Train participants when they pass through your area. Souvenir T-shirts, hats, bandanas, and more will be available from the Wagon Train’s Peddler Wagon. For more information, contact John Davis, Wagon Master, at 507-365-8064 before June 20, 2012.

Portable defibrillators increase survival rates Rochester survival rates, one of the best in the nation

By Bill Lisser

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Sudden cardiac death is one of the six leading causes of death in the United States. It can happen unexpectedly in people with no previous history of heart disease. When the initial rhythm of the heart is in ventricular fibrillation, the key to sur ..... 
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Local website promotes active living

By Nate Langworthy

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

If you’re looking for a way to have some fun getting a little exercise and more fully enjoy the outdoor resources that southeastern Minnesota has to offer, there is now a comprehensive online list of parks and recreation areas to fit your whims. ..... 
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Fillmore County has a new physical therapist

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

It wasn’t until recently that Fillmore County residents were able to receive physical therapy close to home. Lisa Stensrud opened up her Preston practice in the same building with Arndt Chiropractic at the beginning of December. Lisa Stensrud g ..... 
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Yoga as heart opener

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Yoga is more than exercise. Everyone knows that exercise is an important determinant of health; we all should strive to get 150 minutes of moderately intense activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, as recommended in the 2008 Physical ..... 
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Tables for cancer

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Health & Wellness

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Fillmore County will be hosting a Tables for Cancer event on January 22 from 12:00 noon to 2:30pm at the Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. Cost for attendance is $5 at the door, which includes a light ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 58 units

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 13, 2011, succeeded in collecting 58 units of blood. There were 57 donors that presented with one first-time participant. Congratulations to these 10 donors who reached the following milestones:

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New data: Affordable Care Act helps 2.5 million additional young adults get health insurance Expanded coverage from the health care law has continued to grow

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Today, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data illustrating that the Affordable Care Act continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health in ..... 
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Ban the Bug: Give the gift of protection from influenza for the holidays

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the upcoming holidays: protection from influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting influenza - or spreading it to ..... 
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