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Introducing youth problem gambling through gaming

Problem gambling is not only an issue to adults who visit the casino or bet on sports teams, but is also very prominent in the youth demographic. Video game companies are increasingly implementing gambling-like systems within their games, which can pull their younger audiences into addicting ...

UnityPoint continues to provide palliative care

UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge is proud to be celebrating 10 years of providing palliative care within our region this year. In that time, we have grown from a three-person inpatient team to a team of 16 providers. However, if you haven’t heard of palliative care, or often confuse it ...

Forget the “F” word

The conversation was innocent enough. As I was scrolling through a few photos, I stopped and showed a friend the progress of my hair going grey. I smiled and bragged, “Look how far it’s grown out!” By the first part of April it was clear going to the beauty salon every five to six weeks ...

What shopping local really means

When you think about getting the most out of your money, you might think about long-term investments — things such as high-yield accounts, 401k, IRAs, real estate investment, and so forth. And as you might imagine, these are all great options for the money you want to keep, but how do you ...

Operation Warp speed demonstrates the best of American innovation

Last week, Moderna asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize use of its COVID-19 vaccine after reporting 94 percent efficacy in its trial. This comes on the heels of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca announcing that their respective coronavirus vaccines are 90 percent or more ...

Donna Johnson did not play role of Dolly – she became Dolly

Hello, Donna, this is God, Donna, it’s so nice to have you back where you belong. Cue the theme song from the iconic Broadway hit musical “Hello Dolly” and alter the opening lyrics — and they could look like this. In her 68 years on earth, Donna Johnson touched many as a ...

Remembering her dad, who made ultimate sacrifice for his country

For Denise Steburg Rotell, the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays just weeks apart bring back memories of her father who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country — and for whom she is thankful. Pfc. Donald A. Steburg was killed instantly on April 6, 1945, in a firefight in a small ...

An abundance of gratitude

Tis the season to be thankful, and while this year has provided many challenges, there is so much to be thankful for. In today’s times of adversity, I believe it has been the gift of gratitude that has enabled UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge to really thrive. We’re into our ninth month of ...

Keys to controlling, preventing diabetes

We all know that 2020 has been a year like no other. Surging COVID-19 cases and the impending flu season mean that now is the time to make sure we are taking the best care of ourselves to prevent illness and improve our chances of recovery should we get sick. Underlying health issues can ...

Finding accountability and recovery for problem gambling

A group of people gather weekly to hold one another accountable and to talk about their struggles with addiction. Gambling affects the lives of millions of Americans every day. “For me, gambling started as a spontaneous thing to do to escape stress and boredom. At first it was only $30 or ...

Famed bandmaster Karl King instrumental in Jimmerson’s life, career

Jerrold “Jerry” Jimmerson was a fourth-grader at Butler Elementary School when his grandmother gave him a metal clarinet that she had purchased years earlier for her daughter, who was his mother. The year was 1953 and that gift was the beginning of a lifetime of music that continues to ...

Life Lessons from long-term care

Who hasn’t heard that everything you need to know about life you learn from kindergarten? It’s been common place to reference these lessons for all of us. Share, be fair, say you are sorry so on and so on. All great lessons. During 2020, I would like to offer we can all learn life ...

Don’t put off scheduling a mammogram

This year has brought on a level of stress that has been overwhelming for many; yet nothing can quite compare to the stress of facing the challenges of COVID-19 while overcoming a cancer diagnosis. Nurse practitioner Kari Swisher, her husband Dr. Adam Swisher, and their four children took on ...

It’s OK to not be OK

As 2020 continues to push us and force us to be innovative in ways we didn’t even know was possible, it’s a good time to reflect on how this year has affected us; the good and the bad. For me, I have loved seeing the camaraderie amongst our team members, the healing of some very sick ...

David Prelip helped chronicle Fort Dodge history

One of the finest and most devoted chroniclers of Fort Dodge’s rich history has now become a part of that history with the death Oct. 25, 2020, of David George Prelip at the age of 90. Shagging the drag. Dining at Treloars Inn, Constantines, Tony’s. Movies at the Strand, Rialto, Dodge and ...

Celebrate Silver Linings

When Teresa Jackson first pointed out to me my writing style was ….um, interesting, it sparked a curiosity in me that I would spend my life exploring. That was a long time ago, we both had different last names then but found each other in the same classroom. She as my teacher and me as a ...

New CFR staffer is a master at soothing the soul

“She does not judge, and many times people who come to treatment feeling broken and unloved get the chance to feel loved instead of judged for their past mistakes or for the choices they have made.” “She” represents one of Community and Family Resources’ latest full-time staff ...

Learn about mental health to spread awareness

Nearly half of all Americans will experience a mental health challenge at some point in their lifetime, and taking steps to take care of yourself and others is vital in helping to prevent and minimize these challenges.While Mental Health Awareness Week may be over, mental health is something ...

Iowa’s 4th District: Don’t settle for “Not Steve King”

Though a few months remain in 2020, it’s safe to say that this will be a year we won’t soon forget. Problems that are often ignored have been placed directly under the spotlight, and Iowa has not been immune to the nationwide reckoning. There are numerous issues plaguing rural Iowa. We ...

My COVID symptoms

COVID-19 is not like a cold. Sure, many of the symptoms are the same. The commonly posted, but not exhaustive, low-risk list reads: fever, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. On the high-risk list are shortness of ...