Tess Hedrick, Dakota News Now

Tess Hedrick

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Past articles by Tess:

Avera Medical Minute AMcK: A mother’s pregnancy journey with Mono Mono twins

One of the rarest forms of twins are Mono Mono twins. They occur every 1 in 10,000 births. Mono Mono twins must be monitored very closely during pregnancy. → Read More

Avera Medical Minute ASL: Patient credits Planet Heart screening for saving his life

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. However, you can greatly reduce your risk through lifestyle changes and medication in some cases. → Read More

Avera Medical Minute AMcK: ACL tear sidelines student athlete; journey to recovery after surgery

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears sideline more athletes than any other acute injury. Although recovery is a long journey, orthopedic surgeons at Avera have the tools to help athletes get back on the field. → Read More

Avera Medical Minute AMcK: Treating prediabetes seriously may lessen chance of a diabetes diagnosis

According to the CDC, More than 84 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years. The diagnosis can be reversed by making lifestyle changes. → Read More

New details unveiled for downtown Sioux Falls mixed-use parking ramp

At 13 stories, this structure would be one of the tallest buildings in downtown Sioux Falls and all of South Dakota. It would include 525 public parking spaces, 120 hotel rooms and more than 37,000 square feet of commercial space. → Read More

Ask Avera: How to treat sinus pressure

It’s a question many of you are asking – how to treat sinus pressure. Dr. Jason Knutson discusses how nasal rinses are effective in treating sinus pressure. → Read More

Luverne community comes together after Pilgrim's announcement to close facility

The Pilgrim’s Pride chicken processing plant in Luverne is closing its doors at the end of year – leaving 200 workers without a job.The unexpected announcement is sending shockwaves through the community. → Read More

Ask Avera: When should you keep your kids home from school?

It’s a question many of you are asking – when to keep your little ones home from school or daycare if they’re not feeling well. We ask one of our → Read More

Avera Medical Minute AMcK: Surgeon sees benefits with Scleral lenses in operating room and in the field

Finding the right contact that fits your lifestyle can be difficult. But the Scleral lens is one that doesn’t require much maintenance and is very versatile. See how a surgeon found the Scleral lens to work for him both in the operating room and out hunting in the field. → Read More

Ask Avera: How do you recognize and treat a concussion?

It’s a question that comes up a long among athletes, especially during football season – how do you recognize and treat a concussion? → Read More

Opioid crisis reaches epidemic levels

Avera and the US Attorney’s Office are teaming up to help combat opioid abuse by bringing together all walks of life to discuss how we can all solve this national problem. → Read More

Ask Avera: Can immune boosters and vitamins prevent sickness?

It is officially fall and it’s starting to get chillier. That means cold and flu season are right around the corner. Lots of viewers have asked if vitamins and immune boosters like Emergen-C are effective in preventing sickness. → Read More

Yale professor bikes across America to raise awareness of adolescent behavioral health issues

A child and adolescence psychiatrist and professor of child psychology at Yale is cycling across America to spread awareness about adolescent behavioral health issues → Read More

South Dakota American Red Cross volunteers training for deployment to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Hurricane Harvey hit more than a thousand miles away from Sioux Falls, but those miles do not seem to matter -- people from all over South Dakota are ready to help. → Read More

SDSU astronomy professor cancels class for total solar eclipse

Monday is the first day of classes at SDSU. But one professor will be missing from her classroom – and she has a pretty good excuse. → Read More

Avera Medical Minute AMcK: How to view the solar eclipse safely

On August 21, we will be witnessing a solar eclipse. It’s been 38 years since a total eclipse was visible from the continental United States. But viewing the eclipse without proper eye ware can cause eye damage. → Read More

Police say road rage escalating in Sioux Falls

We’ve seen it across the nation and right here in Sioux Falls – a drivers gets upset with another driver and acts out on it, running them off the road or even pulling a gun out. Police explain how to avoid becoming the victim of road rage. → Read More

The Sandbar & Grill releases new summer menu as Lake Lorraine area develops

In this week's edition of Monday Munchies, employees at The Sandbar & Grill make a few items off the summer menu as well as some old favorites. → Read More

Internships giving job seekers a leg up on competition

Internships are becoming almost a requirement to land the job in your desired field. They can also give job-seekers a leg up on the competition. → Read More

Avera Race Against Breast Cancer benefits all cancer research

The Avera Race Against Breast Cancer is just one of the ways Wade Merry honors his late wife Val, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. → Read More