Archive for Montrose

Mid-County plot day Wed., Sept. 2

SPONSORED POST. Mid-County Co-op will host a plot day Wednesday, Sept. 2 at noon at the Bill and Cindy Schroeder farm, Hwy 212 & Zebra Ave., just east of Plato. For more information,  . . . .

Free fan bus for Princess Kay coronation; sign-up by Aug. 23

CARVER, WRIGHT, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – The 62nd annual Princess Kay of the Milky Way coronation will take place at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug.26 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds band shell.

Local finalists include:

• Kyla Mauk, 19, Howard Lake, representing Wright County, daughter of Chris and Harlan Mauk;

• Rachel Stender, 17, Lester Prairie, representing McLeod County, daughter of Allen and Lisa Stender; and

• Carley Vinkemeier, 18, Norwood Young America, representing Carver County, daughter of Jeff and Tina Vinkemeier.

The Carver County Dairy Association is hosting a free fan bus supporting 2015 Carver County Dairy Princess/Princess Kay Finalist Carley Vinkemeier. For more information and/or to secure a seat on this free fan bus, contact Barb Grimm at (952) 657-2476 by Sunday, August 23.



New pediatrician joins Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Hutchinson Health’s newest pediatrician, Dr. Tiffany Trenda, loves helping children get well and stay well.

Tiffany Trenda

Tiffany Trenda

She has generously shared her talents in many capacities, including serving as a volunteer pediatrician in medically underserved communities of Nicaragua and El Salvador. Her love of different cultures, especially Latin America, helps her relate to children and adults from all areas.

Dr. Trenda received her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, and earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her pediatric residency was completed through Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling both within the United States and internationally, salsa dancing, reading, cooking, hiking, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr.Trenda specializes in caring for newborns through age 21. To make an appointment with her, call (320) 234-3290.

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Hutchinson Health’s new MRI machine is better for patients

SPONSORED POST – Hutchinson Health’s radiology department recently began using a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine that offers several advantages for patients.

The Siemens MAGNETOM Aera 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner

The Siemens MAGNETOM Aera 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner

The Siemens MAGNETOM Aera 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner has a larger, more powerful magnet, and produces higher quality, higher resolution images. This technology gives Hutchinson Health’s doctors superior diagnostic confidence.

Comfort is another benefit of the new MAGNETOM Aera. An open bore design reduces the closed-in, claustrophobic feeling of traditional MRIs, and a shorter length allows patients to have their heads outside of the system for many exams. The open shape of the machine allows for scanning of patients up to 550 pounds.

In addition to being more comfortable, the MRI experience is also up to 70 percent quieter. Scanning is more efficient, which means the exam is generally faster and less stressful.

The scanner’s state-of-the-art software allows the MRI technician to reduce image error caused by breathing, motion, or metal in the patient’s body. A key feature of the software is improved multi-phase imaging, enabling providers to obtain more images in a shorter period of time.

“The bottom line is a quicker, more pleasant MRI exam for patients, yielding higher quality images for interpretation,” Dr. Robert Pollock said.

What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning uses a strong magnet and radio waves to produce images of the body. The procedure is painless, and has no known side effects.

MRI exams can be be used to view internal organs, bones, joints, blood vessels, and many other parts of the body. Scanning time varies, depending on the area that is being studied.

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Chaska native is Hutchinson Health’s newest physician

SPONSORED POST – As Hutchinson Health’s newest family physician, Dr. Zhi Halbach is looking forward to listening to patients’ needs and providing trustworthy advice for a broad spectrum of health issues.

Dr. Zhi Halbach

Dr. Zhi Halbach

Halbach is originally from Chaska, and is joining Hutchinson Health after completing her residency at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Pennsylvania.

I feel privileged to care for patients through every stage of their lives,” Halbach said. “I aim to be an advocate for both my patients and their families.”

Halbach studied microbiology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and earned a doctorate degree in osteopathy from the Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Medical Association.

As a family medicine provider, Halbach’s special interests include women’s health, preventative care, and office procedures.

In her free time, Halbach enjoys spending time with family, running, cooking, baking, reading, and traveling.

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Montrose softball tournament to benefit Alzheimer’s Association Sept. 12-13

An end-of-the-summer co-ed, slow pitch softball tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, rain or shine at Carver Field in Montrose.

The 12-team tournament is being sponsored by Sandy’s Supporters, a group formed in support of Sandy Carver, who ran the concessions stands at the Montrose ball park for 40-plus years, and who now suffers from Alzheimer’s. The tournament will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The entry fee is $100 per team.

Every team plays four games. Saturday will be pool play to determine Sunday’s schedule.
Each division winner receives an award.

There will be a concession stand.

To register or for more information, call Eddie at (763) 972-2493 or Jamie at (612) 578-3547.