July 5 — no meeting
July 12 — Janie M0rgan gave us an etiquette lesson. She spoke about her experience teaching etiquette to UW-L students and others in the community. We need to make our etiquette decisions based on kindness and common sense. Members asked a number of questions related to the topic. Everyone was interested.
July 29, 2019 — Audrey Staggemeyer, Health Educator with the Houston County Public Health Department, talked about opiods and efforts in our county to combat misuse of the drugs. In Minnesota these drugs are being monitored more than in the past. Emphasis in the medical community is to use alternative methods to control pain. An Opiod Stewardship Bill was passed in MN legislature to increase fees to manufacturers of opiods and the income goes to education and combatting opiod misuse. In Houston County there were 17 deaths from opiods in Houston County. Fourteen of those were presecriptions.
Houston County is represented at the monthly meetings of Alliance to Health a 3 year project in LaCrosse County to combat the opiod crisis.
Medication drop boxes are located in the Sheriff’s Office, LaCrescent police department, Gunderson Pharmacy and Walgreen’s.
July 26, 2019 — Sarah Arendt-Beyer spoke about cyber security. She had lots of tips for all of us. Malware is a big problem on mobile phones as well as computers. Her advice: Be careful what you click on. Be confident of the source of your emails and download apps from official stores such as Google Play or Apple’s App Store. Passwords should be strong and long. Don’t reuse passwords and don’t share them. Don’t store your passwords in an Excel document. . .if someone steals your computer they have access to it.