Back to School, Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

A Flu Shot is the Best Protection | Essentia Health Flu Shots

A guest post from Essential Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu this season is to get vaccinated with an Essentia Health flu shot! Essentia Health is providing two options to be vaccinated: By scheduling a 10-minute appointment at your local clinic… Read More A Flu Shot is the Best Protection | Essentia Health Flu Shots

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health

The da Vinci® Surgical Robot | Enhancing Patient Care at Essential Health

This post is sponsored by Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. For over 100 years, the physicians and experts at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center have stayed true to their tagline of “like nowhere else” in regards to offering residents of the Brainerd Lakes Area and beyond the best patient-centered health care possible.… Read More The da Vinci® Surgical Robot | Enhancing Patient Care at Essential Health

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Travel

Cultural and Historical Destinations Perfect for an Up North Road Trip

“Let’s go for a ride.” Those were five words I was always excited to hear as a child. My (Becky’s) family was big on what we called ‘Sunday Drives;’ a day when mom would pack the picnic basket and we’d all pile into the Family Truckster for a fun day exploring the Brainerd Lakes area… Read More Cultural and Historical Destinations Perfect for an Up North Road Trip

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities

Lakes Area Music Festival offers a Sensory Friendly Music Event

     Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) has partnered with Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative (PBEC) has joined forces to bring the Lakes Area a sensory family music event!      On July 29th from 4:30-6: 00 p.m., LAMF and PBEC will be showcasing a string quartet performance that includes a meet and greet with the… Read More Lakes Area Music Festival offers a Sensory Friendly Music Event

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Gardens and Outdoor spaces

How Master Gardeners are Empowering the Minnesota Public

{Guest post from Master Gardener and Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota’s – Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Jackie Froemming} The Master Gardener Volunteer Program uses research-based horticulture knowledge and practices to inspire change and promote healthy people, communities, and environment. Extension Educators have developed educational toolkits for volunteers to use in their communities to… Read More How Master Gardeners are Empowering the Minnesota Public

Brainerd Lakes Area, Self Care + Wellness

Finding Your Inner Ommmm | Holistic Well-Being in the Brainerd Lakes Area

If you’ve been on an airplane, you’ve heard the safety schpeel that takes place on every flight. As part of this pre-takeoff instruction, passengers are always directed: “Put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others.” Flight attendants encourage parents to help themselves before helping their child or children. While it’s a hard pill to… Read More Finding Your Inner Ommmm | Holistic Well-Being in the Brainerd Lakes Area

Back to School, Brainerd Lakes Area, Parenting

Keeping Kids Safe Online | The Importance of Positive Digital Citizenship

Guest post from Sarah Porisch, Brainerd Public Schools Director of Technology Safety and security of our students and staff is always a top priority at Brainerd Public Schools. This includes the online safety and security of our students and faculty. Our district monitors and manages all district-owned devices and uses advanced filtering tools on our secure… Read More Keeping Kids Safe Online | The Importance of Positive Digital Citizenship

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

Guest Post by Jean Larson licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Did you know about 70 percent of your immune system resides in your gut? Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tract and help digest food, synthesize vitamins and support our immune systems. Eating more… Read More Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

Brainerd Lakes Area, Health + Wellness Features

Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

Guest post from Dr. Kristel Schamber of Lake Area Eyecare in Baxter, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Eyes or eyelids dry, red or irritated? Your makeup or other products you use around your eyes could be the culprit. I had issues with red irritated eyes and have changed my makeup products and cleansers and… Read More Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

Brainerd Lakes Area, Education, Kids, School

STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library

Have you heard of STEM (or STEAM in this case)? An acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math; STEAM is a popular focus in schools and programs directed toward children. STEAM programming has come to the Brainerd Public Library, and the best part — it’s completely FREE! We have a member of the AmeriCorps… Read More STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library