Mold a problem too says allergist
4:53 am
Mon August 25, 2014

AH-CHOO! Ragweed Making Allergy Sufferers Miserable


Your eyes are watery, nose is running, you're coughing and you feel lousy. Take heart: many with allergies are feeling the same thing this week.

Dr. Steve Kagen is an allergist from the Fox Valley. He say allergies are coming from  familiar culprits....

"....we're in the fall allergy season for ragweed which began on August 5. Usually ragweed will pollinate on August 15 and peak the first week of September right around Labor Day. So we're in the middle of ragweed season but we also have some grass and other pollens in the air as well...."

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Growing Food at School
5:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Gardeners, Teachers Talk School Gardens for Health and Education

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Educators and gardeners from around the Northwoods gathered this week to talk about school gardens.  The conference happened at University of Stevens Point’s Natural Resources Education Center, Treehaven. 

For two days presenters shared tips on things like seed saving, mulching, and planning kid-friendly garden activities. 

Donelle Scaffidi organized the School Garden Symposium as part of her graduate work at UWSP.  She says it’s provided a chance to brainstorm solutions to common problems…like finding funding and how to manage school gardens over summer vacation. 

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One suicide every 13 minutes
5:30 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Robin Williams Suicide Brings Call For Awareness

The recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams has prompted a Northwoods  professional to ask  people having problems to come forward for help if they feel suicidal.

Heidi Karns is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Ministry Medical Group. She says Williams shocking death has put a spotlight on mental health issues. She says it's important  to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the challenges people with mental illness face each day...

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Tuesday meeting
5:52 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Oneida Bd. To Consider Medicaid Referendum

Oneida county courthouse

12 Wisconsin counties have placed referendums before their voters this November to ask the Walker administration to accept federal Medicaid funds. The program in Wisconsin is known as BadgerCare. Chippewa county is the latest to hold such a referendum and Lincoln county has already joined in.

Tuesday, the Oneida county board will consider whether to become the next county to take the issue to a referendum.

The Resolution was sponsored by the Board of Health. Health Department Director Linda Conlon details what the county board will consider....

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Expanding Care Options
3:22 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Aspirus To Offer Paramedic Ambulance Service in Ontanagon

Ontanagon County will soon have a more advanced ambulance service.

Residents in Ontanagon County Michigan will soon have more access to medical transport.  Aspirus MedEvac is establishing a paramedic ambulance service near Ontanagon Hospital. 

SONCO Ambulance will continue to serve the area. 

But as Aspirus EMS and MedEvac Operations Manager Robert Kirkley explains, the new paramedic services offer a higher level of care when the situation calls for it.

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Healthy Choices All Day
1:00 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

School Snacks Will Look Different This Year

School districts are preparing for changes in some of their menus…thanks to new federal nutrition guidelines for snacks that take effect this school year. 

Rhinelander Food Service Director Pat Karaba says the new rules mean less sodium and more whole grain ingredients.  And snacks must also be limited in their portion sizes and calories. 

“Say we sold Doritos or snacks along those lines or cheetos.  Those would no longer fall into that category.  So we could not sell them this coming school year.”

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Health Hazard for Swimmers, Dogs
4:21 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Blue-Green Algae Found in Pelican Lake

The presence of blue-green algae has been confirmed in Pelican Lake.
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The DNR has confirmed the presence of blue-­green algae located in Pelican Lake in eastern Oneida County.  The algae appears in late summer and can be a health hazard for humans and animals. Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Jody McKinney talked with Ken Krall about the problem. 

McKinney says seek immediate medical help from a doctor or veterinarian if people or pets are exposed to blue­green algae.

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Helping Keeping Athletes Safe
3:46 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Rhinelander Schools Will Have Athletic Trainer On Staff

Ministry Medical Group and Aspirus each donated $15,000 to Rhinelander school athletics.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander School District has landed two sizable grants to help pay for a new athletics trainer position at the high school. 

Ministry Medical Group and the Aspirus Clinic have each donated $15,000 to the school district’s athletic program. 

Athletics Trainer is a role that Rhinelander native Eric Prom has been filling for a few years now, but until now he’s been employed by Marshfield Clinic.  Now he’ll be an employee of the school district.              

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Swimming Accident
4:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

UPDATE: Star Lake Woman Dies After Rescuing Kids From Drowning

A Star Lake woman has died, after helping rescue a group of kids from drowning. 

47-year-old Karen Wessel was walking Tuesday with two other women and four children…along Trampers Trail of East Star Lake. 

According to one of the surviving women, the group stopped for a swim and three of the kids began to swim across a channel that runs between the shoreline and a sandbar further out in the lake. 

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Information session
3:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Advanced Directive: Helping Out Your Loved Ones


No one likes to think about it, including, apparently,  the medical community...

".....not sure how accurate this statistic is, but of the entire Internal Medicine department here at the Minocqua Clinic, only 20 to 30 percent  have their Advanced Directive filled out...."

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