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Hutchinson Health recognized for high-quality diabetes education

Hutchinson Health’s diabetic educators include registered nurse Colleen Bonniwell, registered nurse  Holly Oestreich, and registered dietitian Lynn Marcus.

Hutchinson Health’s diabetic educators include registered nurse Colleen Bonniwell, registered nurse Holly Oestreich, and registered dietitian Lynn Marcus.

Sponsored Post – The American Diabetes Association estimates that 8.5 percent of people in the US have diabetes.

Some will be unaware that they have this disease until they’re treated for one of its life-threatening complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, or amputation.

The diabetes education team at Hutchinson Health takes a proactive approach to diabetes, helping those who have been diagnosed or are at risk.

Hutchinson Health’s comprehensive self-management education program meets national standards, and was recently awarded the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate.

The four-year certificate is awarded to programs that offer effective education as an essential component of diabetes treatment.

“The process gives professionals a national standard for measuring the quality of their services, and it gives patients extra assurance that they’ll receive quality care,” noted Lynn Marcus, a registered dietitian at Hutchinson Health.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US, and about 5,205 Americans are diagnosed with this disease each day.

Hutchinson Health is one of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota. Services include primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, and specialty programs. To learn more, go to

Wright County accepts Trailblazer’s terms of partnership on split vote

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – After a lengthy discussion that took many twists and turns, Wright County Board accepted terms of partnership proposed by the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board. The vote, during the April 22 board meeting, passed 3-2, with Board Chair Chirstine Husom and commissioners Mike Potter and Mark Daleiden in favor, and commissioners Pat Sawatzke and Charllie Borrell opposed.

The motion was approved contingent on approval of a joint powers agreement. If the Trailblazer board accepts this amendment, Wright County will continue negotiations with the Trailblazer board.

Read more in the April 28 issue of Herald Journal.

Wright County Board to consider terms of Trailblazer agreement Tuesday, April 22

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Board will consider some basic terms of agreement proposed by the Trailblazer Joint Powers Board during its Tuesday, April 22 meeting.

The terms include Wright County accepting the Trailblazer model of operation, paying 35 percent of the local match, if there is one, and contributing $210,000 toward Trailblazer’s working capital budget.

Representatives from Wright County met with the Trailblazer Joint Powers Board  Thursday, April 17. During that meeting, the Trailblazer board voted to impose a deadline of April 22 for agreement on the above points.

For more on this developing story, see the April 28 issue of Herald Journal.

A second look at Legacy grants

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – Nine thousand, five hundred and twenty-one.

That’s the number of projects that have been funded, so far, through the Legacy Amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008. Look for a story about how Legacy funds are allocated in the Monday, April 28 edition of the Herald Journal.

To see the first story on this topic, which was printed in the March 17 edition of the Herald Journal, click here.

Author of new Twins baseball book coming to Wright County Museum

Stew Thornley will be at the Wright County Museum in Buffalo Tuesday, May 20, at 6 p.m. as part of a book launch tour for his new book “Minnesota Twins Baseball: Hardball History on the Prairie.”

Thornley is the official scorer for the Minnesota Twins. He has written more than 40 books.

Thornley’s book tour begins Saturday, April 19, at The Bookcase in Wayzata.

Thornley’s book-tour stops
Saturday, April 19: The Bookcase, Wayzata, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 20: Wright County Museum, Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 24: Barnes & Noble, W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, May 28: Hennepin Museum, 2 p.m.
Friday, May 30: Magers & Quinn, Minneapolis, 7 p.m.

Burning restrictions take effect today, Monday, April 14 for central Minnesota

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that, although much of Minnesota was blanketed in snow just last week, fire danger in central Minnesota is expected to rapidly increase in the coming week. Warmer weather and sunshine continue to melt snow and spring winds are rapidly drying dead standing grass and brush. Because of the increase in fire danger, the DNR will place burning restrictions over the central part of the state beginning April 14.

Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green-up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error. DNR Wildfire Prevention Coordinator Larry Himanga said, “Because of the high fire incidence during this time period, the DNR initiates burning restrictions to coincide with this annual fire season.”

The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs. Spring fire restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the numbers and sizes of accidental fires, Himanga said.

The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. The following counties will be included in the initial burning restrictions beginning April 14: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Otter Tail, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Washington, and Wright.

As spring weather continues, additional counties will be added as conditions warrant.

Campfires are still allowed. Be sure to watch the fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving.

Fire conditions may change quickly over the next few weeks. For more information and maps, and to check fire conditions, visit