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Section 2 ECHO/Page ELY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2014 w returns, ELY TIMBERWOLVES' goaltender Lori Huseby facing one of the 50 shots on goal against Chaska. Photo by Eric Sherman. hosts ei State Senator Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) hosted the eighth annual "Stock the Shelves" fundraiser for Arrowhead Region food shelves last night. Governor Mark Dayton also attended the event at the Liffey Irish Pub, which raised more than $100,000 for Hunger Solu- tions Minnesota. More than $600,000 has been raised over the history of this event. "I'm proud to help raise money for the Arrowhead Region food shelves. Even with a recovering economy, job losses and rising food costs n ean-more families "Hunger Solutions Min- nesota is answering the call to end hunger with our Food HelpLine and new initiatives like the mobile food shelf network," said Colleen Mo- riarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota. "The unwavering generosity of our event sponsors will have a ripple effect through- out the Arrowhead Region and on the kitchen tables of needy Minnesota families." Food shelves benefiting from this event include: • Aurora-Hoyt Lakes-Bi- wabik Area Food Shelf * BabbirFood Shelf .... are stretched,to,the limit,". ~lfChish°lm Area Food said Sehatoi~l~'hl~# ~:~e i ~:, ~;,, i ~~ i doing our part to help, and • Cook Community Food ! hope all Minnesotans will Shelf take time to help others this ° Deer River Area Food holiday season." Shelf One in five Minnesota • Elijah's Pantry-Two families struggles to put Harbors ~althy meals on the table. ° Ely Area Food Shelf Every day in Minnesota, ° Falls Hunger Coalition food shelves provide grocery ° Grand Marais Food assistance to 8,500 people, Shelf 3,500 of whom are children. • Grand Rapids Food The need for emergency food Shelf relief continues to be a prob- • Hermantown Food Shelf lem in Minnesota even as the • Hibbing Food Shelf economy has improved. • Northern Itasca Emer- gency Food Shelf dustries, and AT&T. • Proctor Food Shelf Silver sponsors include • Quad City Food Shelf-Blue Cross and Blue Shield Gilbert of Minnesota, Dorsey and • Salvation Army Hibbing Whitney, Molpus Timber- - Salvation Army lnterna- lands Management, Min- tional Falls nesota Nurses Association, • Salvation Army Virginia Thrivent Financial, and Fae- • Silver Bay Area Food gre Baker Daniels LLP. Shelf Bakk (DFL-Cook) is the • Tower Area Food ShelfMinnesota State Senate Ma- • Two Harbors Area Foodjority Leader and resides on Shelf Lake Vermilion near Cook, "We know how impor- Minnesota with his wife tant this event is in helping Laura. He has served in the food shelves provide meals Minnesota Legislature since to people in need during the 1994. busy holiday season, and we Hunger Solutions Min- are pleased to be a part of the nesoww~rks to end hunger effort again this year," by taking action, advancing said Brian Pietsch, head public policy and guiding of community relations at grassroots advocacy on be- Ameriprise Financial, a pre- half of hungry Minnesotans senting sponsor of the event, and the diverse groups that Presenting sponsors of serve them. They connect the event include Ameriprise Minnesota's food shelves and Financial, Thomson Reuters, hunger-relief organizations Cliffs Natural Resources, and with the necessary funding, the Minnesota Trucking As- technical assistance, and sociation, logistical support to reach Gold sponsors include thousands of Minnesotaindi- GoffPublic, Minnesota Pow- viduals, families and children er, Twin Metals, Enbridge, inneed. Payday America, Minnesota Grocers Association, State Farm Insurance, Polaris In- earn inspires Thanks to a pilot program at the Essentia Health-Ely Clinic, the Minnesota De- partment of Health is fund- ing $4.4 million in grants to help improve the health of ,i2 Minnesota Communities. The 2011 pilot project, which also included Henne- pin County Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic, tested a new care team model de- signed to address not only the medical needs of patients but also the social and economic factors that can directly im- pact a patient's health. In fact, research shows that 80 percent of a popu- lation's health is based on social, economic and com- munity factors. For example, some patients may have to choose between refilling a prescription or putting gas in their car due to financial limitations, and ~at decision can have a negative impact on their health. Ely Clinic Administrator Laurie Hall says the:pilot project utilized a care team comprised of both medical professionals and community resource experts representing education, social services, mental health and more. "The success of this pro- gram stems from the partner- ships between agencies and identifying those individu- als beyond the walls of the healthcare setting that need resources to improve their overall health or wellbeing," Hall says. "The inability to pay for heating or food or having an untreated mental illness may not be obvious in a medical appointment, but will have the greatest impact on a person's health." The program had mea- surable results. Emergency room visits were cut in half for those needing the most intensive care coordination. Because of this success, 12 communities across the state each received $370,000 from the Minnesota Department of Health. Ely's funding for the Community Care Team was renewed through the end of 2016. "With this money, now we'll be able to create 1.5 new Ely-area positions to coOrdinate care and resourc- es for individuals and help Community Care Team agen- cies expand their services in the area," says Care Team Leader Heidi Favet. There are 16 active care team agencies, including Boundary Waters Care Cen- Free Clinic, Range Mental ter, Carefree Living Ely, Ely Health Center, St. Louis Area Food Shelf, Ely Bloo- County Public Health and menson Community Hos- Human Services, St. Louis pital, Ely Community Re- County Schools and Vermil- source, Ely Public Schools, ion Community College. Essentia Health-Ely Clinic, The agencies serve Bab- Greater Minnesota Family bitt, Ely, Embarrass, Soudan, Services, Head Start, North- Tower, Winton and surround- ern Lights Clubhouse, North- ing townships. woods Partners, Project Care powers past by Tom Coombe The return of a key play- er boosted the Vermilion Ironmen's fortunes during a weekend road swing and allowed them to avenge an earlier defeat. Sophomore Devonta Brooks had double-doubles on back-to-back days, includ- ing a 24-point, 17-rebound effort as the community col- lege basketball team held off host Anoka-Ramsey during Saturday's tourament finale. Brooks, a 6-5 forward from Cleveland and the Iron- men's top scorer and re- bounder; was absent the prior weekend when the Ironmen fell to the Rams during a homestand. But Brooks clogged the middle, helped the Ironmen control the boards and pro- vided a valuable presence inside on both sides of the floor. "He's the heart and soul of our team fight now," said Vermilion Head Coach Paul McDonald said of Brooks, who averages about 20 points and 16 rebounds per game. Brooks helped the Iron- men overcome an early defi- cit against the defending state champion Rams, and Vermil- ion stepped up its defense after yielding many layups in the teams' first meeting. "We defended much bet- ter than we did before," said McDonald. Freshman Tommy Butler also contributed inside and had a 13-point, 10-rebound game, while sophomore point guard Dre Lucas shot five- for-seven from the floor and finished with 12 points. Guards Pierre Roddy and Eddaire Hilbbler had seven points apiece for the winners, while Anoka-Ramsey,got seven three-point baskets and As if colds, influenza and other respiratory infections weren't enough to make Minnesotans ill in winter, this is also the time of year when digestive tract illness caused by a family of germs known as noroviruses tend to increase. This year, norovirus seems to be hitting the state especially hard. Approximately 40 out- breaks of norovirus illness have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since the beginning of November. The outbreaks have occurred in a variety of settings, including restaurants, schools, nursing homes, and private gather- ings. Noroviruses are the most common cause of food-relat- ed illness in Minnesota, and reported cases peak during the winter months. Symp- toms of a norovims infection can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, body aches, a gen- eral run-down feeling, and a mild fever. People typically become ill 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus, and symptoms usually last anywhere from one to three days. Although people com- monly refer to norovirus illness as "stomach flu," the illness is not the same as influenza. Influenza is pri- marily a respiratory illness, characterized by symptoms like high fever, body aches, sneezing, a runny nose or a sore throat. When people think of "stomach flu," they often don't appreciate that they could have gotten their ill- ness from food or that they could pass the virus to oth- ers through food. Prevention of norovirus infections is amsey 25 total points from guard Kashif Hayes. At Coon Rapids, the Iron- men stepped up their defense and limited the looks of Ano- ka-Ramsey's hot shooting guard Kashif Hayes for a 6-point victory Saturday. Two Vermilion players got doubles-doubles. Forward Devonta Brooks scored 25 points and grabbed 17 re- bounds, and Tommy Butler put up 13 points and had 10 boards. The Ironmen (7-4) play at the Central Lakes Tourna- ment Jan. 2-3. Vermilion battled back from an 18-2 deficit to pull almost even with Dakota County, a Twin Cities-based scholarship program. "We had two posses- sions late in the game when we were down four and we couldn't cash in," said Mc- Donald. Brooks, who missed the previous weekend's contests while playing in a national junior college all-star foot- ball game, scored 26 points and snared 22 rebounds in his return. Hibbler contributed 22 points and Bulter poured in 10, but it wasn't enough to bring the Ironmen all the way back. Vermilion also misfired at the line, making just 12-of-25 free throw attempts. • After a weekend off, the Ironmen return to action Jan. 2-3 with two pre-division tune-ups at Brainerd. Ver- milion takes on Riverland and Minnesota West of Min- nesota's Southern Division, in a two-day classic hosted by Central Lakes. Northern Division play starts Jan. 7 with a road game at Mesabi .............. 4, • L simple in principle, officials say. Just practice good per- sonal hygiene and observe appropriate food-handling procedures. "People need to remem- ber to wash their hands, thoroughly" said Dr. Kirk Smith, who heads the Food- borne Diseases Unit at MDH. "Wash your hands after using the toilet, before consuming food, and before preparing food for yourself or others. If everybody did that, we could prevent a majority of the illness caused by these viruses." Noroviruses are present in the stool and vomit of infected people, Dr. Smith said. They are spread primar- ily through person-to-person contact, or contamination of food prepared by a person with the illness. Precautions that can help prevent the spread of norovi- ruses include: • Washing your hands after using the toilet. • Washing your hands before handling food or ice. • Washing your hands before eating. • Excusing yourself from food preparation duties if you have possible norovirus symptoms, and for at least a few days after you recover. • Discarding foods that were handled or prepared by someone with possible noro- virus symptoms- unless they will be thoroughly cooked before serving. • Promptly cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces that become soiled with vomit or diarrhea. • An additional measure for those who have more than one bathroom in their home is to have all ill individuals use the same bathroom; those who are well use the others.