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By Hannah Junker Q: What does a Speech-Language Pathologist do? A: Speech-Language Pathologists can assess, diagnose, and treat a wide variety of difficulties including: Language Delays and Disorders Articulation/Speech Production Social Language Disorders Speech Generating Devices Stuttering Voice Disorders Swallowing…

RLMC grateful for ER doctor contract

An emergency room doctor at Rainy Lake Medical Center has agreed to a contract that will place him at the facility one week a month for the next three years. RLMC officials last week agreed to deal with Acute Care,…

CDC recommends additional boosters for certain individuals

Data continue to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to protect individuals both from infection and severe outcomes of COVID-19. For adults and adolescents eligible for a first booster dose, these shots are safe and provide substantial benefit.…

The importance of screening

At first, Mike Hanson wasn’t comfortable talking about his 2019 cancer diagnosis. Growing up in a conservative family, the 72-year-old Birchdale native didn’t want to broadcast he was undergoing treatments for rectal cancer. As a former Koochiching County Commissioner, Mike…

Lifesaving efforts: One year later

Efforts by a team of Rainy Lake Medical Center staff one year ago today saved a local man’s life. Wayne Darvell was working to build a crib dock and cut ice near his Rainy Lake home March 14, 2021. He…

Lifelong lessons

As a self-proclaimed klutz, Juanita Sheasby admits she had accepted her fate as a person who fell a lot. But when an August 2020 fall left her with a cracked elbow and scraped knee, Juanita’s family suggested she seek medical…

Rheumatologist to join Rainy Lake Clinic specialty team

Rainy Lake Clinic officials this week announced a new provider will join its specialty team. Dr. Syed Husain, a board certified rheumatologist, will see patients at Rainy Lake Clinic beginning in April. “We know how important it is to offer…

Kids Deserve A Shot!

On January 11, Governor Tim Walz launched the next phase of the ‘Kids Deserve a Shot!’ vaccine incentives program, now encouraging Minnesota families to get their children 5-11 years old fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Getting as many eligible Minnesotans vaccinated…

43-year career

After more than four decades, a longtime Rainy Lake Medical Center employee is ready for the next chapter in her life. Sue DeBenedet retired Jan. 28, after more than 43 years working for a facility that has naturally become her…

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