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Casper-Natrona County Health Department

Becky Mickelson, a registered nurse with the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, hands a volunteer “victim” medication during a 2014 training exercise at CY Middle School in Casper. The department will celebrate its 65th anniversary later this week.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department will celebrate its 65th anniversary this week at its central Casper offices, the agency announced Monday.

“We hope the community can come out and celebrate this big milestone with us” the department’s community prevention manager, Hailey Rodges, said in a statement. “It truly is because of our community that the Casper-Natrona County Health Department has been so successful and we want to thank them.”

The festivities will include an open house Thursday at its offices at 475 S. Spruce St. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and run until 6:30 and is free and open to the public. It will include “free food, a photo booth, a ribbon cutting ceremony, giveaways, tours and more,” according to a department press release.

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Casper native takes helm of health department with big ambitions

The local health agency opened its doors in 1954 with two divisions, according to the department. It has more than tripled in size since then, covering everything from HIV prevention and immunization to emergency preparedness and maternal care.

The department recently hired a new executive director, promoting Anna Kinder from within the agency, where she previously headed up HIV-related efforts.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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