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Thyroid Awareness Month


An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. In addition:

  • Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
  • Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
  • One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
  • Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
  • The cause...

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January is National Radon Action Month


Iowa has the highest percentage of homes scoring above a safe radon level with 71.6 percent of homes potentially at risk. That’s according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). The high levels of radon in Iowa are the result of ancient glaciers that ground down granite rocks over time and deposited them in the form of soil.

Radon is a gas that occurs as the end product of radium decay. Radon poisoning ...

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Annual Crawford County EMS Conference Begins On January 13


The Annual Crawford County EMS Conference is sponsored by Crawford County Memorial Hospital. The conference is being held virtually in 2022 with the first session on Thursday, January 13 and concluding with the final presentation on March 10. Each of the seven presentations lasts one hour and begins at 6:30 pm on the scheduled date.

There is no cost to attend any of the virtual sessions, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register for the EMS Conference, go online at

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Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions


The easiest part of New Year’s resolutions is making them. The toughest part is keeping them. The difficulty lies in making too many resolutions and trying to keep all of them.

Making Resolutions

Studies show only around 12% of people who make New Year's resolutions felt that they were successful in achieving their goals. Many of the most common resolutions include losing weight, sticking to a healthier diet, exercising regularly, making better fina...

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Wishing You A Merry Christmas! -- Don Luensmann, Executive Director of Marketing and Development


Christmas is a time for happiness and joy!

For the past couple of years, it’s also been an opportunity for face masks, COVID testing, political arguments, and a lack of civility in discourse and behavior.

Please allow me to encourage you to dedicate yourself to getting back to the Christmas spirit – a time for giving grace to our neighbors (even when they annoy us), giving thanks for all of our blessings (no matter how small), and spending...

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Safe Toys & Gift Month


Christmas is a joyous time of year with lots of presents for kids, holiday cheer, and family get-togethers.

Nevertheless, it only takes a second for a child to become injured from a toy if they aren’t being adequately supervised. During this holiday season, it is critical to understand the types of injuries that can be sustained from toys, and how to keep children out of harm’s way when they receive their gifts.

Here are some “DOs” to keep in m...

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