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Round one winner of Cutest Pet Contest announced

MINNESOTA – The winner of the first round of the Cutest Pet Contest is Sister Mary “Cookie,” owned by Michael Thoennes. Prize money will be distributed once the entire contest is complete, as a pet could win more than one category.
The top 30 pets have advanced to “round two,” which begins Thursday, May 25. The third and final round of voting will begin Thursday, June 1. Votes do not carry over from one round to the next.
Part of the voting proceeds will be donated to the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson.
The pets that didn’t advance will still be included in the Cutest Pet Contest Special Edition of the Herald Journal and Enterprise Dispatch.
As a reminder, voting rules are pasted below.
Sister Mary "Cookie"

Sister Mary “Cookie”

Voting is open to the general public, limited to persons 18 years of age or older.  Each vote costs 50 cents.  There is no limit to the number of votes a person can make.  Voting totals will be posted online as they are received.

Voting will be done in three rounds. The first round of voting will begin at 12:01 a.m. (CST) Thursday, May 18, 2017 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  Votes may be submitted in-person or by mail at Herald Journal/Enterprise Dispatch office, or online.  Mailed and in-person votes must be received by 4:00 p.m. on May 23.  The top 50% of entries receiving votes during Round One will move on to the second round of voting.   VOTES FROM ROUND ONE DO NOT CARRY OVER TO ROUND TWO. 

The second round of voting will begin 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017 and end at 11:59 p.m  Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  Mailed and in-person votes must be received by 4:00 p.m. on May 30.   The top 50% of entries receiving votes during Round Two will move on to the third and final round of voting.   VOTES FROM ROUND TWO DO NOT CARRY OVER TO ROUND THREE.

The final round of voting will begin 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017  and end at 11:59  p.m  Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  Mailed and in-person votes must be received by 4:00 p.m. on June 6.

Online votes may be cast at or using a valid credit card including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.  The minimum amount of votes purchased online with a credit card is $5.00.  Credit card transactions are non-cancelable and non-refundable. If your credit card is declined for any reason, no vote will be submitted on your behalf.  Charges for voting online will appear on your credit card statement as “Online Contest-APT” from Advanced Prepress Technologies, Inc., Burbank, CA.  Your computer must accept cookies, which may be used for the purpose of entry tracking.  Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so it does not interfere with processing your entry.

Funeral notice: Melanie Dressel, 54, of Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – Melanie Dressel, 54, of Watertown, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at her residence.  Memorial service will be Friday, May 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Watertown, with interment at the Watertown Public Cemetery.  There will be a gathering of family and friends at the church Thursday, May 18 from 4 to 7 p.m.; continuing Friday, one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

Funeral notice: David O. Steffenson, 66, of Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – David O. Steffenson, 66, of Watertown, passed away at his home Sunday, May 14, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Memorial services will take place Friday, May 19 at 11 a.m. at the Watertown Evangelical Free Church.  There will be a gathering of family and friends in the church from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the services. Arrangements are with the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

Last chance to enter the Cutest Pet Contest – deadline is May 16

MINNESOTA – The Herald Journal Cutest Pet Contest entry deadline is Tuesday, May 16. To register, or to see entries received so far, click here:

Hutchinson Health offers speech therapy following strokes

SPONSORED POST – With more than 795,000 strokes occurring every year in the US across the age spectrum, it is critical that all Americans adopt preventive lifestyle habits, know the warning signs, and understand the treatment options available to themselves and their loved ones should a stroke occur.

May is Stroke Better Hearing & Speech Month – a time for Hutchinson and surrounding residents to become stroke savvy.

“During Better Hearing & Speech Month, we want stroke survivors and their loved ones to know that speech-language pathologists are here to help,” said Susan Kasal, MS, CCC-SLP-R, LSVT, at Hutchinson Health. “We offer a range of therapeutic services to meet the challenging needs of these individuals.”

Although it’s more common in older adults, stroke can affect anyone. In fact, stroke is trending upward in younger Americans.

A recent study showed that the rate of stroke increased by 147 percent in people ages 35 to 39, 101 percent in people ages 40 to 45, 68 percent in people ages 45 to 49, and 23 percent in people ages 50 to 54.

Lifestyle modifications

Although not all strokes are preventable, certain lifestyle habits can reduce a person’s risk of having a stroke.

Factors that work in a person’s favor include maintaining a healthy diet and low cholesterol, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, and refraining from smoking.

Early action is vital

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 38 percent of respondents to one survey were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1 when someone was having a stroke.

Patients who arrive at the emergency room within three hours of onset of their first symptoms often have less disability three months after a stroke than those who receive delayed care, thus recognizing the signs and taking quick action is key.

Treatment Transforms

Of the 750,000+ Americans who suffer strokes annually in the US, more than 130,000 die.

For those who survive a stroke, quality of life is an important issue.

In addition to regaining physical abilities, such as the ability to walk, get dressed, and bathe independently, one’s capacity to communicate may also be severely damaged by a stroke.

“A person’s ability to communicate is the foundation of just about everything they do, and every interaction they have,” explained Susan Kasal, speech-language pathologist at Hutchinson Health. “Beyond just having their basic needs met, the degree to which communication skills are restored affects stroke survivors’ social interactions and relationships, employment status and success, and overall satisfaction and participation in life. Seeking treatment from a speech-language pathologist can make a transformative difference in helping people enjoy a fulfilling post-stroke life.”

One of the most common communication challenges that follow a stroke is aphasia, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to understand or produce language.

About 25 to 40 percent of stroke survivors acquire aphasia.

Other communication difficulties include slurred speech due to weak muscles, and difficulty in programming muscles for speech.

In addition to these challenges, speech-language pathologists help with cognitive challenges following a stroke – which may include memory and problem-solving skills – and swallowing problems that result from weakness and/or incoordination of muscles in the mouth and throat.

Cutest Pet Contest starts today

WRIGHT, McLEOD, CARVER COUNTIES, MN — If you have an adorable pet, it’s time to enter the Herald Journal/Enterprise Dispatch Cutest Pet Contest, presented by The Country Store in Howard Lake.

Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 will be given to the top three, plus more for preliminary round winners.

Registration is taking place May 1-16. The cost is $10 per pet. Entries will be voted on by the general public (ages 18+).

A portion of the voting proceeds will be donated to Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson.

To enter, and for full contest rules, click here:

Cutest Pet Contest is seeking entries.

Cutest Pet Contest is seeking entries.