Second annual Women’s Health Expo May 7

Event to feature author sisters who grew up on farm near Pequot Lakes

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


Building on the success of last year’s Women’s Health Expo, the Family Medical Center and the Franciscan Sisters will be co-sponsoring the second annual event Tuesday, May 7 from 5 – 7 p.m. at St. Francis Hall at the St. Francis Convent.

“We had a lot of positive feedback, so we knew we wanted to keep doing it,” said Rhonda Buckallew, Family Medical Center administrator. “There will be free cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screeings.”

Two Minnesota authors — sisters who wrote a book together — will be speaking at 6 p.m. Angela Foster and Candace Simar wrote “Farm Girls,” an entertaining look back at their childhood near Pequot Lakes.

The book’s description includes, “If you learned to swear in Norwegian or shared a two-holer outhouse with your cousin, you’ll enjoy the poetry and prose of these sisters. From memories of Norwegian ancestors and growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm to dreams of Oprah’s couch, Farm Girls will take you back to the days of rural schools, ‘moon light, star light, hope to see a ghost tonight’ and the auction of the family farm.”

Sister Caroline Stoltz will be performing mini massages for neck and shoulders.  Aleta Wickstrom of “Solely for Better Health” will be using reflexology on feet. Jan Korzeniowski will bring healthy recipes for attendees to sample.

There will be drawings for prizes. Fresh Hair Professionals, Morrison County Relay for Life and Hands of Hope Resource Center will have booths at the event.

It is recommended that anyone who wants a glucose screening should fast for six hours before the test.