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Governor Candidate Tours Weisbrod Hospital - Son Later Becomes Patient

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Former State Sen. Mike Johnston, now running for Colorado governor, brought his family to Southeast Colorado over the weekend for several events.    

One of those was a tour of Weisbrod Memorial County Hospital, and Johnston quickly learned first-hand how important the hospital is to rural communities.

August is Immunization Awareness Month

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Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognize August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).  This effort becomes of great importance especially in light of the increasing number of imported cases of measles disease in the United States. From January 1, 2017 through June 17, 2017, the CDC reports that 108 people in 11 states have already been infected with measles.  This number is already 35% higher than in all of 2016. 

Kiowa County Hospital District Meeting Minutes - June 27

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The Kiowa County Hospital District and County Board met in regular session on June 27, 2017 at 6:32 p.m. at the Bransgrove Building Meeting Room.

District Board members present were: Robert Woods, Mary Eikner, Priscilla Waggoner, Sylvia Shields and Cathryn Anderson. County Board members present were: Craig Kerfoot, John Negley and Lori Shalberg. Absent: Kim Harris (called) and Dennis Pearson (called)

Others present: Shannon Dixon, Char Korrell, Colette Martin, Tom Davis, Cindy McLoud, Braylynn Eder and Kevin Siefkas.

Bush’s Beans Recalled Over Potential Can Defect

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Bush Brothers & Company, which produces a variety of canned baked bean products, has issued a voluntary nation-wide recall of three products due to what the company calls a potentially defective side seam on the cans.

Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans in 28 ounce cans are subject to the recall. All have a best by date of June 2019.

Treating a Lightning Victim – What You Need to Know

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Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week continues through tomorrow. Today we discuss lightning medical issues for survivors.

The facts about lightning strike victims:

In Colorado, nearly a half million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes are documented each year. With millions of visitors and extensive outdoor activities, it is not surprising that, each year on average, three people are killed by lightning in the state of Colorado while 13 are injured. Last year, two people were killed by lightning in the Centennial State while seven were injured.

5 Tips for Shopping at Farmers Markets

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Shopping at farmers markets is one way to get delicious and fresh produce you can enjoy at home.

"Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables helps families live healthier lives and reduces the likelihood of chronic disease," said Elaine Auld, CEO of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).  "Lack of nutritious foods puts people at high risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity."

Not everyone may be familiar with shopping at farmers markets. Auld offered the following tips to help people make the most of bringing the best of the farm to their family.

Kiowa County RE-1 Achieves State’s Only 100% Vaccination Rate

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Kiowa County School District RE-1, covering Eads Elementary, Middle and High Schools, is the only district in Colorado to achieve a 100% vaccination rate. Only 14 individual schools in the state achieve the perfect score - with the schools in Eads representing three of the 14.