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Highland Store is rooted in tradition and healthful foods


Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The clichéd "spot in the road" is the location of the Highland Store. One could readily whiz up County Road #10 and not notice it at all. Don't miss it though. It is well worth squealing the brakes to stop for breakfast or lunch.

The building dates to 1894 and has no pretentious updates. It served as a General Store, likely one of the first and last in the county, for decades. Vicki Starks bought it two years ago with a vision and a passion for healthy living, rooted in the food folks consume. She will tell you she means this to be more than a cafe, it is a Food Ministry. Not to worry, no sermons about fat and salt are served there. Just, simple, glorious, good food.

The main room has wooden slat walls, ceiling and floor. When Vicki bought it, there were holes in the floor that could consume a medium sized adult. Through local word of mouth and pure serendipity, she was contacted by a family who lost much of their house in the Rushford flood, and had floorboards intact that matched perfectly. The floor is now stable and shines with a patina of wood, long walked upon and happy for the footsteps to come. Plants line the walls and drape from the ceiling, absorbing light from the old windows and heat from the new corn burning stove. While Vicki talks and works, she scoops local corn from a large garbage can into the burner and the heat is welcome and delicious.

Speaking of delicious, her menu is a delight of organic and homemade choices. Whole wheat pancakes for breakfast and multigrain breads all day long. Traditional and healthful foods as an alternative to the Fast Food Nation are more than satisfying.

Lunch salads are piled high with produce from her garden in the back and local foods that she barters for. She does not simply drive around with an "eat local" bumper sticker. She means it. Groceries that must be purchased, come from co-ops in the region. You'll not see a corporate food truck unloading food at her back door; you may well know who grew much of it.

She has a small, but dedicated staff to bring this philosophy to the table. Her mother, Sharyn Taylor, lives across the street and cooks the delights. Her friend, Iris Cady, serves tables with a warm smile and endless concern that you are satisfied.

The tables are pure nostalgia to anyone over 40. All are chrome and formica wonders from the 40's and 50's. The tables and chair sets are complete matches that Vicki searched the Midwest to find. She .....
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H1N1 vaccination appointments for small children

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health, located at 902 Houston Street NW in Preston, is offering H1N1 vaccination appointments at their main floor office for children aged 6 months to 4 years of age on:

• December 8, 2009, from 9 to 11 AM

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Influenza activity downgraded to local; deaths continue to be confirmed

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health today announced that influenza activity in the state has been downgraded to "local," as reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The reclassification reflects the fact that influen ..... 
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Fillmore County to offer large H1N1 vaccination clinic

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health will be offering a mass H1N1 vaccination clinic for the priority groups listed below at Harmony Community Center located at 225 3rd Avenue SW in Harmony, MN, on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
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More Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Arrives in Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering a final round of seasonal influenza immunizations for anyone over the age of six months. These seasonal influenza clinics will be offered in four locations around the county during December. Dece ..... 
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H1N1 vaccinations come to R-P schools

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is moving forward with the Minnesota Department of Health recommendation to start school vaccination clinics for children age five to nine years. It is anticipated that the vaccination process for this group of youth wi ..... 
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Health Talk & You

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

We've all heard the warnings that yo-yo dieting is hazardous to your health, but most of us look past these warnings and keep trying to lose weight anyway. Fortunately, yo-yo dieting, also known as diet cycling, may not be as bad as we once thought. ..... 
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Health Talk & You

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The failure of our long-term care system is America's best-kept embarrassing secret.

Almost every adult in this country will either enter a nursing home or have a parent or other relative who does. Demographic studies suggest that 40 percent ..... 
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