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Dr. Joshua D. Friese

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Phone: (320) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Minnesota , United States
Affiliated Community Medical Centers
101 Willmar Avenue Sw
Willmar , Minnesota 56201
United States

Company Description: ACMC is one of only nine health care organizations in the state recognized by BHCAG for demonstrating to the community their commitment to using evidence-based...   more

Employment History


  • MD
  • MD Receives Certification
  • M.D. Receives Certification
  • M.D.
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ACMC-Redwood Falls' Dr. Joshua Friese: For the Love of Honey
Dr. Joshua Friese, ACMC-Redwood Falls, Family Medicine
Joshua D. Friese admits the adage about farms and boys applies to him. "I grew up on a farm, so you can't take the farmer out of me," says the family physician as explanation for the life he's chosen for himself and his family. Friese practices at ACMC Redwood Falls and lives on an acreage with his wife and four children a few miles (three stop signs, he says) outside of town. A few years ago, he built a barn on the property and now is raising a cow, nine chickens, two cats, a dog and several hundred thousand honeybees.
Actually, the adage doesn't explain the honeybees. That he blames on his wife, Rachel.
"It's probably more of my wife's hobby," he says of beekeeping. "It all started with my wife's grandfather. She grew up going to his house and having fresh honey all the time," he explains.
Friese says each one will have about 50,000 bees "once it's all up to speed."
Friese says bees require tending about once a week or so. Early in the spring, when the bees are waking from their winter's nap, he and his wife place a one gallon container of sugar water on top of each hive and a "pollen patty" inside the part of the hive where the queen lives. The sugar water stimulates the workers to build the comb and the queen needs the pollen for laying eggs. Once the temperature reaches about 65 degrees, the bees have free range among the family's apple, cherry and linden trees as well as other flowers and plants.
During the summer months, the beekeepers' main job is making sure the bees have enough room to grow and make honey. Friese explains that each hive contains a brood box, in which the queen lays eggs and "makes" workers, and smaller "supers," in which the workers build the comb and make the honey. When a super looks full, the keepers add another one on top. Friese says they check the hives about every 10 days or so.
Sometime after Labor Day, they collect the honey, which means taking off the supers, brushing (or sometimes vacuuming) off the bees and putting the frames containing the honeycomb into a centrifuge that separates out the honey. They filter the honey and then put it into five-gallon buckets, from which they fill smaller jars. "We give a lot away to friends and teachers," Friese says.
Friese likes the fact that others are fascinated by bees as well. People come to his farm to see them. "They get their suit on and go down there, and we open it up and show them everything," he says. His patients and staff ask about them, too. He's glad he can teach his children, who range in age from 8 to 15, about the process. "I want them to enjoy certain things," he says, "being outside and caring for nature and living off the land.
ACMC Physicians & Advanced Practice Providers (APP): Joshua D. Friese, M.D., 20 Dec 2015 [cached]
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ACMC-Redwood Falls' Dr. Joshua Friese: For the Love of Honey
Joshua D. Friese, M.D.
ACMC-Redwood Falls
Dr. Joshua Friese: Back to His Roots: Rural Lifestyle in Redwood Falls, 15 June 2014 [cached]
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Dr. Joshua Friese: Back to His Roots: Rural Lifestyle in Redwood Falls
Dr. Joshua Friese with his family in a recent family photo.
Dr. Joshua Friese with his family in a recent family photo.
Dr. Joshua Friese was used to the small town life. He grew up on a farm in Russell, Minnesota: population 338. Then he went off to school first in the Twin Cities, then to medical school in Portsmouth, Dominica, at the Ross University School of Medicine, and finally residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. But he always knew that one day he'd return to his roots-if not near Russell, somewhere he could live the rural lifestyle he loved.
After his residency, Dr. Friese and his wife went on, what he likes to call, the interview trail. It was their intent to find a rural town, where he could set up his practice.
"My wife is a city girl, and when we were driving out of one of the small towns we interviewed in, she turned to me and said 'I can't do it. It doesn't even have a Walmart.' At that point I knew we were looking for a town that not only offered the chance to practice in a rural area, but offered certain amenities as well," he said.
After interviewing at ACMC in Redwood Falls, it just fit. All of a sudden everything made sense.
Making Redwood Falls Home The barn on the Friese "hobby lot" was built mostly by Dr. Friese himself.
The barn on the Friese "hobby lot" was built mostly by Dr. Friese himself.
"It was the type of community I could see us raising our family in," said Dr. Friese. "It even had a Walmart for my wife," he said laughingly.
Dr. Friese has embraced living on the outskirts of Redwood Falls with his "hobby lot," where he and his family-they have four kids between the ages of 6 and 13-make the most of their six-and-a-half acres. Their hobby lot wouldn't be complete without a creek, sledding hill, large garden, barn (which he built mostly by himself), mobile chicken coop with six chickens, zip line for his kids and honeybees for his wife.
Working at ACMC gives you the opportunity to push yourself to be the best you can, but it also allows a certain flexibility you might not find at a larger facility-the chance to make the most of your life outside of the office," Dr. Friese said.
Dr. Friese is excited for the future of ACMC in Redwood Falls, especially with the addition of a new CEO to the Redwood Falls Hospital.
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Dr. Friese has been a wonderful doctor for me and my husband. He works hard to find out the correct solution for any problems I have managed to come up with.
ACMC Service: Family Medicine, 16 May 2006 [cached]
Joshua D. Friese, M.D.
Joshua Friese, MD — Redwood Area Hospital, 4 Feb 2007 [cached]
Joshua Friese, MD
Dr. Friese is a family practice physician with Affiliated Community Medical Centers - Redwood Falls. He sees patients in the Redwood Falls clinic during weekday hours and works on-call with the hospital to see his patients when hospital care is needed. His practice emphasizes comprehensive medical care for families as a whole and as individual members, caring for patients from birth to advanced age.
Medical concerns are managed through diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common illnesses and chronic diseases taking into account genetics, family history and mental health. Dr. Friese provides pregnancy care and delivers babies at Redwood Area Hospital Birthing Center. He also coordinates and manages patient care with other specialists to meet the unique needs of his patients.
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