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The phone call no one ever wants to get


Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Up until the time of my daughters accident my opinion of large companies was that they were uncaring and cold. That attitude changed when my daughter was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident.

Around nine p.m. on July 7th I answered the telephone.

Is Sally Gehrke your daughter? a voice asked.

Yes, I gasped.

Shes been in an accident and is in the trauma center at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, the emergency room social worker reported.

It was the phone call no one ever wants to get. Immediately a doctor came on the line, Come right away, he urged. Minutes later we were in our car heading for Wisconsin, grasping our cell phones. Three hours later, entering the emergency room we were met by a social worker, and Steve Weaver (Sals boss at Home Depot), his wife Lee Ann and Stacy Castleberry (second in command at Home Depot). As we were escorted into Sals instrument-filled room, the social worker said softly, We believe she will live, but no promises about her recovery. She paused, the police figure Sally was doing about 50 when a truck turned into her motorcycle.

A breathing tube stuffed down Sals throat took my breath away. Her eyes were swollen closed. Weights hung from her left leg. Her body was black--not blue. A quick scan of the monitors reported that her vitals were good.

We deal with the big stuff first, the trauma doctor explained.

A closed head injury is impossible to predict. Each is so unique.. She had a brain shear--its like hitting your elbows crazy bone--only its the brain. He went on, Her collapsed lung will heal and her fractured hip and decapitated leg bone will require surgery. If it cant be repaired well do a hip replacement.

As we sat together praying, crying and hoping, Lee Ann, speaking through tears, promised me that Sally would live. Right away Steve started making plans about how shed be able to return to work even if she needed to do her Race Track Managing from a golf cart. The sense of hope that Sallys friends gave to me was an incredible gift in a time of great fear.

Amazingly the emergency room social worker had recognized Sally from shopping at Home Depot and she got my telephone number by calling the store. Mike Hill found my number in Sals file, gave it to t .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Who will pay the bill for the Rushford substation transformer?

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Anyone who was living in Rushford last summer knows the substation transformer had to be removed, repaired and replaced, causing early morning power outages twice as the work was completed. What no one knows is who was responsible for water getting i ..... 
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Harmony City Council: Delinquent receivables challenge Harmony Council

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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"I think the city should pursue these people" stated Henry Becker, Harmony, an upset landlord who has gotten caught up in the middle of a legal dispute concerning services provided to a past tenant that havent been paid for. Becker spoke before the ..... 
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Preston Council considers interim ordinance

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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The Preston City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, November 13, to discuss placing an interim ordinance on certain kinds of industrial development for one year until the city has had adequate time to study the issue.   [Read the Rest]

Maust suit scheduled for Thursday in Chatfield

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Judge James Fabian will hear arguments in a mandamus suit brought against the city of Preston by Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling. Court is scheduled for Thursday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m. in Chatfield.    ..... 
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1940 Armistice Day Storm remembered

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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The morning of Monday, November 11, 1940 started as a typical November day aside from the unseasonably warm temperatures. Wanting to make the most of the sixty degree day, people headed to Armistice Day ceremonies or other public events. Duck hunting ..... 
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County Board discusses new state audit regulations

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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With the state now allowing counties to hire their own auditors, thus saving dollars, Fillmore County, along with several others counties, have made plans to seek out a suitable firm to take on the work. Policy Coordinator Karen Brown, along with Shi ..... 
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Judge warns attorneys in zoning case to come prepared to trial

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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Judge Robert Benson on Tuesday, presiding at a pre-trial hearing in the civil case between Fillmore County versus Eli and Matti Sla-baugh, chastised lawyers from both sides to come prepared when the case goes to trial on December 10 in Chatfield.[Read the Rest]

Fillmore County District Court Bench warrant issued for Lanesboro man, attorney files motion for mistrial

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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A bench warrant was issued by Judge Robert Benson on November 3 for the arrest of Ryan Lee Peterson, 21, of Lanesboro, after Peterson failed to appear for sentencing. Peterson was convicted by a jury on October 2 of three felony counts of Assault in ..... 
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