Have you ever had a CT scan or lab test that you didn’t think was needed – or wanted antibiotics for a possible sinus infection, but your health care provider wouldn’t give you one? Next time, ask why. CentraCare Health has joined a national effort that encourages health care providers and patients to talk about [...]

Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms should apply now for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Application acceptance deadline for FY 2015 in Minnesota for EQIP is: • Nov. 14, 2014 • Dec. 19, [...]

CentraCare Clinic’s family medicine providers are transitioning the care of their patients who are hospitalized at St. Cloud Hospital to the care of the hospitalist team beginning Sept. 15. This change in practice should increase the family medicine providers’ availability to see patients in the clinic because they no longer will need to spend time [...]

By John Michaelson Minnesota News Connection Thousands of hunters fanned out across Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 18 with the opening of pheasant season. With the firearms deer season approaching as well, hunters are being reminded not only about gun safety, but also to be heart smart. Dr. Arashk Motiei is a cardiologist with the Mayo [...]

By John Michaelson Minnesota News Connection October is National Farm to School Month and in Minnesota, it’s an event being celebrated in an ever-growing number of school districts, in every corner of the state. The Farm to School program links school districts with nearby farms, to open new markets for those growers and get more [...]

2 lbs. hamburger 1 onion Brown, then add the following: 1 (15 oz.) Ragu Spaghetti sauce 1 tsp. salt 1 (8 oz.) tomato sauce 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/2 c. water 1 Tbsp. oregano 1 tsp. garlic powder Simmer above until thick for 45 minutes. Cook and drain: 1 (8 oz.) package wide egg noodles. Mix [...]

3 c. mashed, cooked, fresh sweet potatoes (about 2 lbs.) 2 c. finely chopped cooked ham 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine 3/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 1/4 tsp. ground mustard 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 3/4 c. crushed corn flakes Shortening for frying Combine mashed sweet potatoes with the above ingredients and one [...]

1 pkg. sugar free instant butterscotch pudding mixed with 1 1/2 c. skim milk as directed on package. Add to prepared mix: 15 oz. can pumpkin 1/3 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 2 packets of Equal 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ginger 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp. cloves (If you have a special combination of [...]

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