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Funeral notice: Harlan Dobratz, 77, of New Germany

NEW GERMANY, MN – Harlan Dobratz, 77, of New Germany, passed away Wednesday April 27, 2016, at his home. Funeral service will be Monday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, with interment at Crow River Cemetery in New Germany. Visitation will be at the church Sunday, May 1, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and will continue Monday, one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

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.

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Legendary musician Prince found dead in Carver Co. studio

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Pop musician Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, was found dead Thursday morning in his Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, according to a Carver County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Deputies responded to a medical call at the studio at about 9:43 a.m. April 21, and found Prince unresponsive in the elevator. First responders attempted CPR, but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.

According to the Star Tribune, officials had closed a stretch of the road outside Paisley Park by mid-day Thursday. Traffic had backed up along Highway 5 due to mourners driving to the studio to pay tribute with purple flowers.

A Los Angeles news outlet, KTLA 5, reported that Prince had been ill the week prior to his death, and was rushed to the hospital April 15 on his way back to Minnesota from two performances in Atlanta. According to the Star Tribune, a source reported that Prince had been dehydrated on the flight home.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Prince’s death.

Carver Co. deputies involved in two vehicle pursuits

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies were involved in two motor vehicle pursuits last Monday, according to a press release.

The first pursuit occurred at about 7:36 p.m. when a deputy saw a motorcycle traveling south on CSAH 43 in the area of Maplewood Rd. in Dahlgren Township. The deputy noted the motorcyclist was traveling well above the posted speed limit, which was confirmed with RADAR showing a speed of 131 MPH.

The deputy attempted to stop the motorcyclist and a pursuit ensued. The deputy checked the area and located the motorcycle and rider at an address on Nathan Rd. When the motorcyclist saw the deputy in the driveway, he fled a second time. The deputy pursued the motorcyclist, but eventually lost sight of him. At about 7:46 p.m., Chaska Police stopped the fleeing motorcyclist at US 212 and CSAH 11.

The rider, a 26-year-old man from Dahlgren Township, was arrested and transported to the Carver County Jail.

The second pursuit occurred at about 7:55 p.m. when deputies were dispatched to investigate a complaint of a domestic dispute on Mockingbird Drive in Waconia. Sheriff’s dispatch had informed responding deputies that the suspect, a 28-year-old man from Waconia, had left the residence in a Honda Odyssey.

A deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled and led the deputy in a pursuit along various roadways in Waconia. The driver ultimately stopped on Hill Top Lane, a dead-end cul-de-sac, where he abandoned the car and fled on foot, leading the deputy on a brief foot pursuit.

The deputy noted the suspect got out of the car carrying a box that he discarded during the foot pursuit. Eventually, the suspect stopped running and complied with the deputy’s commands. He was arrested without further incident.

After securing the suspect, the deputy located the discarded box and discovered it contained a 9mm handgun and ammunition. The box and its contents were seized as evidence.

The suspect was transported to the Carver County Jail and held for possible charges of felon in possession of a handgun, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, and domestic assault.

Both suspects have since been released from the Carver County Jail pending charges by the Carver County Attorney’s Office.

PHOTO: Carver County’s 2016-17 dairy princesses

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Five young women were crowned 2016-17 Carver County Dairy Princesses April 9. Pictured are Katelyn Hesse, Carley Buetow, Laura Grimm, Clare Stuewe, and Madison Schochenmaier.

Other awards included:

• Carver County Milk Pitcher 2016, Juliene Klaustermeier, Waconia
• Farm Bureau High Herd DHIA Award, Jopp’s Century Farm, New Germany
• Theresa Hoen Feist Memorial Scholarship winners, Carley Buetow, Cologne, and Madison Schochenmaier, Waconia.
• Senior Dairy Man 2016, Rodney Domjahn of Montrose
• Carver County Farm Family 2016, Paul and Sue Stuewe, Daniel, and Clare, plaque presented by Carver/Scott Extension agent, Abby Neu

Look for more photos from the banquet in the Monday, April 25 edition of the Herald Journal.

Carver County Dairy Princesses

Carver County Dairy Princesses