May 25th, 2017



Jill Davis, RN, PHN, School Nurse

Measles is in Minnesota.  Most cases have been found amongst unvaccinated children.  The bulk of cases identified are Somalis residing in Hennepin County.  However, other cases have since been identified in the counties of Ramsey, Crow Wing and Le Sueur. 

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus that can cause hospitalization, even death.  Measles is spread through the air when people who have it breathe, cough or sneeze.  A person with measles can pass it to others from 4 days before their rash appears to 4 days after it appears.  Symptoms begin about 8 to 12 days after a person is exposed.  The first symptom is usually fever.  The rash usually appears 2 to 3 days after the fever begins and lasts 5 to 6 days.  The rash begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck and then down the body.

As a community, you are probably wondering what you can do to help. 

Get vaccinated.  Make sure you and your children have been vaccinated with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.  (Children don’t usually get vaccinated with the MMR vaccine until 12 months of age.) 

If your child is 12 months of age or older and has never received the MMR vaccine, they are advised to get one as soon as possible.  Children need a 2nd dose of the MMR prior to Kindergarten entrance.  Parents are choosing to vaccinate their child with the second dose early, which is fine, as long as they have not received another live vaccine within the past 28 days.  If you are unsure about the vaccine status of you or your children, contact your primary clinic or local public health agency.

If you notice symptoms, contact your doctor.  Stay home and avoid having visitors until talking to your doctor.  Make sure to call the clinic or hospital before going in to avoid exposing others.  They will provide you with further instruction.

Minnesota stats as of May 15, 2017:

  • 58 total cases:
    • 49 in Hennepin County
    • 3 in Ramsey County
    • 4 in Crow Wing County
    • 2 in Le Sueur County
  • Vaccination status:
    • 55 confirmed to be unvaccinated
    • 1 had 1 dose of MMR
    • 2 had 2 doses of MMR
  • Age:
    • 55 in children (ages 0-17 years)
    • 3 cases in adults
  • 49 of the cases are Somali Minnesotan
  • 16 Hospitalizations

For questions or concerns, please call Jill Davis at Wadena County Public Health at 631-7629.


(Students who are 14 years of age and older)

This 30-hour program will be conducted by a certified instructor from A+ Driving School and will fulfill the state driver’s education requirement.  The course will address the “how to” and “whys” of safe driving.  The format of the class will be lecture and active discussion.  After completion of the program, students will be able to set up and participate in behind the wheel sessions to meet the six hour state requirement.
Classes will meet at Verndale Public Schools!  All registration can be done through:

Class Dates: July 10,11,12,13,14  24,25,26,27,28
Class Time:  

COST:  Total Package: $300
Payment Option:  class = $150  BTW = $165

The parent class is scheduled for Monday, June 19, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm at the school.

2017 Elementary

Track and Field Day


Wednesday, May 24th


Grades 4-6 will be held from 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Grades 1-3 will be held from 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm


Parents are welcome to attend. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather that day, sunscreen and water bottles are highly recommended.


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