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Pa00e 16 Health Sagings Accounts Available at the State Bank of Kimball If you have, or are considering, a "High-Deductible Health Plan," we offer a Health Savings Account to meet your needs. We offer: Competitive, tiered interest rates Interest earned from the first dollar deposited Convenient access by check Monthly statements available on paper or on-line For more information on Health Savings Accounts, visit with us by phone or in person. LNE STATE BANK OF KIMBALL www.tatebankofkimball.oom Kimball Saint Augusta 320-398-3500 320-251-6100 Member FDIC Cntn t. Thursday, March 12, 2009 V,H,6,H,6 w,,H,6 ,__: Tri-Countv News Kimball, MN @ vJ 2009 Spirit of Women awards As a Spirit of Women hospital, St. Cloud Hospital is initiating an annual Spirit of Women awards pro- gram to recognize unsung heroes. The awards celebrate women in our community who take action to make their communities healthier, safer and a more inspirational place to live. Nominees will be recognized in each of the three following catego- ries: Young Person Role Model (ages 14-20) Community Hero (at least 21 years of age) * Healthcare Hero (clinical pro- fessional) Nominate your community&apos;s unsung hero(s) by submitting a nomination form that describes why this person, is deserving of a Spirit of Women award. Sub- mit the nomination online by vis- iting < awards_nominate.html>. This Web site also provides more infor- mation about the Spirit of Women awards program. You also may sub- mit a hard-copy nomination form to CentraCe Health Foundation located at 1406 Sixth Ave. N., St. Cloud MN 56303. Provide as much detailed information as possible, as your answers will be the sole criteria used to determine regional winners. Individuals also can self-nominate. Nomination deadline is March 20. Entries that do not contain the required information will not be accepted. Provide all appropri- ate contact information requested for both the nominator and nomi- nee. Nominators and nominees also acknowledge and agree that nomi- nators' entries become the sole prop- erty of Spirit of Women, who thereby has the right to publish, display, edit, promote and use entries in an other- wise appropriate manner. Regional winners are selected by regional selection committees coor- dinated by Spirit of Women hos- pitals. In becoming regional win- ners, these individuals also become nominees for the Spirit of Women national awards. Spirit of Women national award winners will be chosen by a national selection committee, which is com- prised of foundation board mem- bers, corporate leaders, hospi- tal representatives and past award recipients. Allregional winners will receive recognition from their local Spirit of Women hospital. In addition, national winners will receive recog- nition and grand prizes courtesy of Spirit of Women. St. Cloud Hospital is a member of Spirit of Women, an elite coalition of American hospitals and health care pro- riders who ascribe to high standards of excellence in women's health, education and community outreach. Carl tarson, Ticks Brad Paisley needs to be check- ing more than just his girlfriend for ticks: springtime means ticks on our animals as well. For those of you who don't listen to coun- try music, yes, there is an actual song about a guy trying to con- vince his girlfriend she needs to let him check her over for ticks. It's to the point where they try to think of the most outrageously stereo- typical country song subject and quickly write a song about it before it can become a joke about coun- try music, and it invariably ends up a hit. Other favorites of course would be "She thinks my tractor's sexy," "Tequila makes her clothes fall off," "All my exes live in Texas," "Beer for my horses," "Queen of my doublewide," the list is endless, and I'm probably forgetting some of the best. Anyway, back to ticks. They are just one of the pests trying to live off our animals that come out when the weather warms up. The others being flies, mosquitoes, heartworms, intestinal parasites, and fleas, to name some of the big ones. Not only are we concerned about the pests themselves, but the diseases they transmit that are actually worse, such as heart- worm disease from mosquitoes and Lyme disease from ticks. Next week's article will focus on mos- quito diseases, so stay tuned for information on heartworm dis- ease in our small animals and West Nile and Eastern/Western Encephalomyelitis in horses. Lyme disease (not Limes dis- ease or Lyme's disease), Anaplas- mosis, and Ehrlichiosis are three tick-borne diseases animals can get in our area, and in dogs, their exposure to these diseases actu- ally can be screened for on the same' test with the same small blood sample as their annual heartworm test. When positive for tick disease, we will typically rec- ommend using monthly Frontline, the best product for fleas and ticks, rather than some of the other flea and tick products like collars and repellants that are both less effi- cacious and less safe. Additionally, there is a canine vaccine for Lyme disease that seems to provide good protection in our area, as we see lots of Lyme disease at our clinic, but have yet to have one of them be a dog who had received the vac- cine. With any of the mentioned tick diseases, if they appear symp- tomatic, they may go on a four- week course of antibiotic to clear the infection. Typical Lyme dis- ease symptoms include fever, leth- argy, decreased appetite, and sore joints, almost like "flu" symptoms. Horses can get Lyme and similar tick diseases, and they show sim- ilar symptoms and are treated with similar antibiotics. With their shorter coats, ticks are often found sooner on horses and can be removed before they can transmit disease. Interestingly, ticks have to be attached 24-48 hours before they can transmit Lyme disease. We have special tick removal tools available that are great at getting the head and mouthparts out as soon as they are discovered on our animals. Start thinking about all .the spring wellness things your ani- mals need such as flea and tick prevention, heartworm preven- tion, and proper vaccinations. The next few articles will address these important springtime topics, and the next time you hear Brad Pais- ley, check your DOG for ticks. E-mail your animal questions to: <carllarson@watkinsvetclinic. corn\>.