Archive for Howard Lake

KLKR broadcast club shines at HLWW

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – An article about the KLKR broadcast club at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School appeared on page 1A of the April 18 edition of the Herald Journal. Archived issues from 2011 to present can be accessed with an online subscription. 

To see past KLKR videos, including a recap of the club’s first year, click here:

KLKR has three seasons (fall, winter spring), and meets every day after school. The club is open to grades 8-12, and new members are welcome to join. Current participants include:

• Warren Weir, senior

• Zecheriah Riemer, senior

• Parker Kieser, junior

• Chase Lange, sophomore

• Wyatt Determan, sophomore

• Earl Weir, sophomore

• Wyatt Pelnis, sophomore

• Brook Lorenson, freshman

• Billy Hucker, eighth-grader

• Daniel Graham, eighth-grader

KLKR club members Parker Kieser, Chase Lange, Dan Graham, Warren Weir, Wyatt Pelnis, Brook Lorenson, and Earl Weir get ready to film an episode of Laker Nation.

KLKR club members Parker Kieser, Chase Lange, Dan Graham, Warren Weir, Wyatt Pelnis, Brook Lorenson, and Earl Weir get ready to film an episode of Laker Nation.

Hutchinson Health to study diabetes

SPONSORED POST – Hutchinson Health and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) are teaming up to conduct a study in Hutchinson to help people with type 2 diabetes.

Researchers hope to determine whether diabetes care that uses registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) for medication management may be able to help individuals with diabetes achieve recommendations for healthful lifestyles – and whether doing so will ultimately help them improve their “D5” measures.

These five measures are blood glucose, statin use, blood pressure, tobacco use, and aspirin use, and they are a large part of the ongoing care required to manage diabetes.

The goal of the study is to determine whether patients who receive education and phone coaching that includes medication management from a RDN with diabetes expertise, in addition to care from their primary care physician, make greater improvements in their D5 outcomes than those who don’t receive the additional support.

Researchers chose Hutchinson for the study in part because, according to Minnesota Community Measurement statistics, only 30 percent of people with type 2 diabetes in the community have optimal D5 levels, compared with a statewide average of 53 percent.

About the study

For the study, a group of 144 residents age 40-75 who have type 2 diabetes will be randomly divided into a control group and an intervention group.

Both groups will receive regular clinical care from their primary care physicians, but the intervention group will also receive supplemental care from registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to actively address the D5 measures. RDNs will provide health management and education involving nutrition, physical activity, and medication adherence, and may also prescribe medications for blood pressure, cholesterol or blood glucose to meet diabetes care goals in coordination with primary care.

Researchers will conduct baseline tests at the beginning of the study and then repeat the tests in one year to determine how the intervention group compares to the control group in the management of their D5 measures.

“Our team at Hutchinson Health considers it critical to continue providing innovative services and a vast array of care options to our patients,” said Steve Mulder, MD, president and CEO of Hutchinson Health. “We recently began offering mental health services through the exciting new format of telemedicine, and now are pleased to be able to partner with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation on this study to explore the effectiveness of adding telemedicine as a complement to our diabetes care.”

Success in other locations

From 2010-2014, MHIF and Allina Health experienced success with a similar phone coaching program in New Ulm called Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project.

Nearly 1,100 patients participated in coaching and demonstrated outcomes included significant reductions in smoking rates and LDL cholesterol. Participants also made significant improvements in lifestyle behaviors, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, being more physically active, and lowered perceived stress rates.

About Hutchinson Health

One of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota, Hutchinson Health includes primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs.

Hutchinson Health has a state-of-the-art intensive care unit featuring eICU technology, as well as a full-range of advanced diagnostic imaging services. Hutchinson Health has more than 30 full-time physicians, 35 specialty care providers, and 650 staff.

Citywide garage sale day in HL Sat.

Citywide garage sale day for Howard Lake is Saturday, April 30.
See classified section for listing.

Waffle bar Wednesday

Join The Lodge of Howard Lake assisted living Wednesday, April 27 for a free waffle bar from 8 to 10 a.m. The facility is located just off Wright Co. Rd. 7, 445 1st St. E., Howard Lake. Call Karla at (320) 543-1010 for more information.

Women of Song spring concert Sunday

Women of Song, a community choir of 40 women from the Twin Cities will present a spring concert Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Howard Lake. A freewill offering will be accepted.

Red Cross Bloodmobile Tues.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at St. James Lutheran School, 1000 7th Ave., Howard Lake Tuesday, April 26 from 1 to 7 p.m. Walk-in when it is convenient, or schedule an appointment by calling 800-RED-CROSS.