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The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), the world’s largest autism treatment center that provides state-of-the-art therapy, today announced the launch of Skills Live, a daily webcast that gives everyone access to up-to-the-minute autism news and effective treatment strategies. Skills Live is the first of its kind and is broadcast live each weekday from [...]

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Safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications at no cost by bringing them to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department. There is a drop box located inside Door G of the sheriff’s department at the Sherburne County Government Center, 13880 Business Center Dr., Elk River. The drop box is available from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday [...]

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Sherburne County Health and Human Services is offering a car seat check-up clinic by appointment only on Sept. 24 from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Elk River Fire Department’s Station 2, 13073 Orono Parkway, Elk River. Child passenger safety specialists will check safety seats for defects, recall listings, suitability for the age and size [...]

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The YMCA in Elk River is offering a 16-week diabetic prevention program beginning in August. This program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their risk of developing Type-2 diabetes. Classes will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 18. For more information, call Sheryl Grover, diabetes prevention specialist, at [...]

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From staff reports Minnesota is no stranger to severe weather, as this summer has shown. Are you ready for when storms hit? Here are some tips from Sherburne County. First, create a plan for you and your family including: •Where will your family gather if a storm is headed your way? •What types of supplies [...]

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Awareness of illness and healthy swimming behaviors play an important role in stopping the spread of illnesses through recreational water, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). “Germs on and in swimmers’ bodies end up in the water and can make other people sick,” said Dr. Kirk Smith, epidemiology supervisor for MDH. “Even healthy [...]

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American Heart Association asks both parents, providers to ease up on the sugar by Kimberly Giles Special to the Star News Nothing is sweeter than a smiling, cooing baby or an “I wuv you” hug from a 3-year-old. So why are we trying to sweeten them up? The American Heart Association (AHA) found children as [...]

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by Bob Grawey Staff writer Going from 276 pounds to 168 pounds in 1.5 years is a feat many people admire. It also got the attention of the American Heart Association when it named Otsego resident Eric Illies as one of five semi-finalists for the organization’s Lifestyle Change Award in Minnesota. Though Illies did not [...]

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Six area public health agencies, including Sherburne and Wright counties, are planning an exercise where they will test their ability to dispense medications to large groups of people in the case of large-scale disease outbreak. Volunteers are being recruited to help from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at Zimmerman High School. Volunteers will [...]

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