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Lakewood studies promote Sleep Awareness Week

■ Folk school classes in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS — How to grow small fruits and berries in Minnesota is the subject of a free class at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

Taught by CSA grower and master gardener Kathy Connell, this class includes information about how to select varieties, disease and pest controls, planting and care.

The first of two wool spinning classes will be taught by Bruce Engebretson, master spinner and weaver from Osage, from 10 a.m.-noon on March 8 and March 15 at the Cultural Center gallery on main street. The class includes information about wool, carding the wool in preparation for spinning, dyes and using natural colored wool. There is a charge of $20 for each of the two classes. There will be extra wheels available for anyone who doesn’t have a wheel, but bring a wheel and wool cards if possible. Wool for spinning is included in the cost of the class.

More information about these and other classes of the Continental Divide Folk School is available on the Cultural Center website,

■ March Unlimited Learning events

Long Lake Learning Center, with live critters and environmental habitat, will be held at 1:30 p.m. March 11 at Heartwood Senior Living, Crosby.

Israel and the U.S. will run from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 17. Questions, call Bill Ingvolstad 218-963-3829.

■ Lakewood studies promote

Sleep Awareness Week

STAPLES — National Sleep Awareness Week is March 2-9. This week helps promote the health benefits of sleep and raises awareness of disorders like sleep apnea.

The sleep studies program at Lakewood Health System is designed to help diagnose patients with sleep apnea. Patients of any age and gender can suffer from sleep apnea or other sleep-related disorders. Lakewood’s program is referral-based, which means patients who think they could benefit from having a sleep study, should talk with their provider for more information.

When taking part in a sleep study, patients will visit Lakewood’s sleep center for a total of 10-11 hours over the course of a night. During this time they will be observed and instructed by a registered sleep technician as to the procedures and processes involved in the study. The study is painless and involves the patient being connected to a computer monitoring system via a series of sensors.

Information received during the sleep study is gathered by the technician, sent to a sleep doctor for analysis, and then sent to the patient’s medical provider.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include excessive daytime sleepiness, loud or disruptive snoring, frequent urination at night and depression and irritability. For more information about sleep studies, talk to your provider, call 218-894-1515 or visit

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