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Thurs.ay, June 18,2000 Co ity Tr!-County News. Kimball, MN . ~I,~I~I,1J[X~, ~V"~,"~ ...... ~)~"~" - ~ - -~::= ~ ....... ~ ....... __ g Ihe Spinal Column . By ChadF. Spaulding, D.C. Is your body correctly aligned? Find out for yourself Stepl: Stand barefoot, in shorts or underwear, in from of a full- length mirror so that you can see from your knees down to your feet. Stand in a relaxed, normal posi- tion, facing the mirror. Close your eyes. March in place about 10 steps to position your feet naturally. Do either or both feet flare outward? Do either or both feet point inward? Are either or both kneecaps off-center? Step 2: Stand sideways (first left, then right): Do either or both feet appear "flat" with no arch support? Do either or both feet appear extra high in the arch area? If you answered "yes" to any of the above, your feet are proba- bly pronated (loss of foot arch) or supinated (increased foot arch) and are not providing proper sup- port for your body. A body that is out of balance can be caus~ ing you pain anywhere from your feet all the way up to your neck. The joints in your body that bear weight (ankles, knees, hips, pelvis, low back, neck) are like links in a chain. If your feet aren't balanced, every joint (and the connecting muscles, tendons, and ligaments) above may become injured over time due to unnatural twists and strains on your body. Pain may occur because of these postural imbalances. As you can see, it is important to make sure your feet are giving you the proper support and protection your whole body needs. An excellent way to ensure this is to have proper supporting shoes and/or orthotics to help sta- bilize your feet and thereby sup- porting your entire body. For fur- ther questions regarding custom made orthotics and foot support, please check out , and/or e-mail Dr. Chad Spaulding at . Universe in the Park program Lake Maria State Park will host the first of its three annual Uni- verse in the Park programs on Fri- day, luly 3, at the park's nature center beginning at 8:30 p.m. The program will conclude at 10. Astronomy graduate students from the University of Minnesota will present the programs, which will include a brief Powerpoint presentation followed by observa- tions in the adjacent parking lot. Those planning to attend should bring telescopes and bin- oculars, although a small number will be provided. In addition, par- ticipants should bring flashlights for walking to and from the obser- vation area and also insect repel- lent, caps, long pants and long- sleeved shirts. There is no charge for the pro- gram, but a $5 vehicle permit is required for those without an annual permit. Future Universe in the Park programs will be held on luly 31 and August 15. For more information and directions, call the park office at (763) 878-2325 or visit its web site at . Lake Maria State Park is located Photo by Linda Eisenreich. approximately seven miles north- west of Monticello, five miles north of Maple Lake or 10 miles northeast of Annandale on Wright County Highway 111. Page 9 Can you hum this? Reader Linda E|senreich shared these photos she shot in her backyard of hummingbirds that frequent her feeders. These ruby-throated hummingbirds are tropical insect-eaters that migrate each winter to Central America, an average of 20 miles per day. The average season for ruby-throated hummingbirds in Minnesota is May through early September when they fly south for the winter. These birds travel as individuals, and do not flock together as many other birds do. These tiny birds weigh about 3 grams (about the same as a penny), They live for about 3-4 years~ their wings beat more than 50 times per second, and each year the female lays two pea-sized eggs in a nest she made that's the size of a walnut. Thanks, Linda, for sharing these great photos! Soon, our new expansion will give you better access to world-class specialists and cutting-edge technology, right here where you live. For radiology, advanced diagnostic imaging, expanded surgical suites, and a bigger and better emergency room, look no further. Because this summer, all this will be redesigned and centrally located for improved patient flow as a part of your expanded Meeker Memorial Hospital. Sure it's easy to find healthcare, but truly great care? It's closer than you think. Fully equipped radiology services Onsite MRI Enhanced surgical and ER services Expanded patient parking 612 South Sibley Ave./Litchfield, MN 55355 / (320) 693-3242 / i............... - - ? ..................................