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Pa e 16 Community National Night Out is another success It was a beautiful summer evening for a community gathering Tuesday evening, Aug. 4. The annual event serves as a family-friendly stand against crime, drugs, and-alcohol abuse. It's also the unofficial kick-off of Kimball Days (which starts Friday the same week). Above, kids take turns shooting a fire hose at each other. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. I Loans For Many Reasons A V We make personal loans for a variety of reasons. Come see us when you need money for a new car or truck, a boat, an RV, or a well-deserved vacation. We offer low interest rates and affordable payments with fast, convenient, "hometown service." LSNOER STATE BANK OF KIMBALL P.O. BOX 70 KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 www.~latebankofkim m Member FDIC VJ Thursday, August 13, 2009 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Carl Larson, DVM Will you cut the __s off my racoon? Okay, a little background first. A client had rescued some infant raccoons from their farm after their mother was apparently too delicious for a coyote to resist, and these littlebottle-fed orphans had become quite tame toward their adopting parents. Neutering, the owner reasoned, would give the male a higher likelihood of staying home and being a nicer pet once he was mature, which I believe would be true. Admittedly not-so- up on the anatomy of raccoon gen- italia, the owner assured me that the critters little boy parts were right there in plain sight, ready to be taken off. Still, the thought of some wild-eyed creature launch- ing itself out of a cage, teeth and claws first toward my face when I tried to catch it, was enough to make my initial response to the neuter inquiry: "Uhhh..." But after thinking about the fact that at the zoo we were able to safely anes- thetize just about anything with nothing more than a box and some inhalant anesthetic, and since it was Saturday night and no one would be at the clinic to object, I figured this sounded too interest- ing to pass up and said: "Meet me at the clinic in one hour." I wasn't sure what I would see coming through the door ... it could very well be one of those scenes where the owner is get- ting thrown around the waiting room trying to hold on to a pet car- rier containing a thrashing, hiss- ing, spitting fur ball of fury while insisting: "He's not like this at home, I swear!" Much to the con- Tidbits WHEW! Did July go fast or did July go fast? The diners received infor- mation about hypertension this month. A few things we learned were that nearly 60 percent of peo- ple with hypertension are being treated for the condition, but only about half of them manage to get their blood pressure below "high" - that is, under 140 and under 90. Another recently added side effect of high blood pressure is thai it increases your,risk of dementia. In the past, information noted higher risk of stroke, heart attack, conges- tive heart failure and kidney dis- ease. The next time you're get- ting your blood pressure taken, note if it is done according to the method the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends. "Persons should be seated quietly for at least five minutes in a chair with feet on the floor and arm sup- ported at heart level. At least two measurements should be made. The measurement of blood pres- sure is one of the sloppiest proce- dures in clinical medicine. But it has one of the biggest impacts. We put people on therapy for the rest of their lives based on it." trary, a heartwarming picture of the human-animal bond pre- sented itself in my office, with a cute fuzzy little critter about the size of a small cat calmly being held like a baby, with no need for a carrier, leash, or anything. This lit- tle raccoon was so tame and cute with its dark eyes and ringed tail, that it had all 12 months of any kit- ten calendar beat hands-down. I decided asa gesture of good faith to reach out and give the little bugger a pat on the head, only to be warned off with some sort of throaty hiss, letting me know that he wanted to keep this strictly a professional doctor-patient rela- tionship ... he had his friends with him, and I was not in his circle of trust. This creature was as smart as he was cute. Within minutes of breathing the gas anesthetic I drafted into the box we put him in, he was sound asleep, oblivious to the minor (albeit life-changing) pro- cedure I carried out on his boy parts which, as it turned out, was nearly identical to neutering a cat. A very short time after he became the only neutered raccoon in the neighborhood, he was awake, and apparently never missed a beat. We even gave him a rabies vacci- nation for good measure. His own- ers assured me that he would be getting a treat for how well he did: "He really likes chocolate ... you should see how he practically does flips for it!" E-mail your animal questions to . Today, as I walked into the room where the nurse was wait- ing to take the diners' blood pres- sures, she asked if she should see if I was alive. I chuckled, as mine tends to be low, and in the past, she has taken it in both arms and sometimes twice, before deciding I am okay. I missed the Celebration of America day. I had put out a sheet for the diners to jot down what America means to them or what they like about our country. I was surprised at the few comments that were shared. Freedom to worship, free speech, freedom to almost everything and a wonderful life were the comments shared. The spotlight will be on Korea in August. Blood pressures will be taken Friday, Sept. 4, because of Labor Day falling on the first Monday of that month. Note, this will be the .same day as the Foot Clinic. Volunteer opportunity: If you would be interested in deliver- ing Meals on Wheels in the rural area around Kimball, give me a call at 398-2211. Right now, I need a volunteer for a senior about three miles from town. 'Till next time Rosalea Hoeft, Satellite Site Coordinator