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Preston woman recovers from liver transplant


Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

"It has been almost a nursing class on its own, stated Irene Mathison, as she reflected on the health problems of her daughter. She and her husband, Larry, have spent the better part of ten years helping their daughter, Karen, work through a maze of health problems, which have lead them down the path to their latest journey, a liver transplant. This Cherry Grove mom and dad have learned to deal with the everyday ups and downs of a sick child while still being a nurse and farmer.

Irene first became aware of Karens health problems when she was finishing the seventh grade. Her daughter had been concealing the fact that she had a constant need to use the bathroom. Irene thought it was just a flu bug going around. When the condition didnt clear up, the family sought medical attention. Tests that included running a tube down Karens intestine to observe any unusual functions showed that she had ulcerative colitis, that is, being in a constant state of loose stools. Through the 11th grade, medications were used to control the problem. The drugs acted as a kind of aspirin for the ulcers in her colon.

In time the active Fillmore Central students skin started to turn yellow. The young woman, who loved being the Falcon mascot, participated in golf, F.F.A., 4-H -including being the federations president one year, Honor Society, band, choir, and being the Beef Princess two years, was once again up against serious health risks.

More testing showed that Karen had Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis of the liver. Five percent of ulcerative colitis patients have PSC. This meant that Karen would require a liver transplant and was placed on the list at Mayo.

If things werent bad enough, Karen also started to suffer from vasculitis. Her legs would swell up, with red spots appearing. At times, she went to school on crutches. Eventually, she outgrew that hurdle.

"When people say, I know how you feel, unless theyve gone through it, its not so," stated Larry. "Its tough to see your daughter not being able to do things like the other kids." And things kept getting tougher.

In May of 2000, the teenagers colon was removed. It was no longer functional. Karen had a bag connected to her side for two months to hold her bodys waste. Making a pouch out of the small intestine to act as a holding place for movements did a reversal of the initial su .....
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ATV track hits big bump in road to approval

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

For a while, it looked like a fast track to a fast track.   A citizen, in this case Dave Clement, told a county commissioner, Randy Dahl, that he wanted to build a commercial ATV (all terrain vehicle, commonly known as 4-whee ..... 
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Special elections slated for Preston

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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Monday's Preston City Council meeting had a bumpy start with a council that seems split on most difficult and contentious issues. With the recent passing of Mike Gartner, the city council is left with a two-to-two vote, especially when anything havin ..... 
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Funding, levies, and budgets on Lanesboro Council minds

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council adopted a proposed levy of $310,105 at their meeting September 15. An estimated eight percent increase in tax capacity is expected for Lanesboro; the city tax rate will remain at .75022. The impact of this will be an $87 in ..... 
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Floating in a cloudless sky

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Your first time up in a glider? Steve Fischer asks me. Steve is a mechanical engineer from the metro area whose passion in life is flying gliders.   Yah, I shout out above the noise of the wind.   ..... 
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2003 drought reduces profit potential

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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There is a saying among farmers, no matter where they live, that it always rains around here ten minutes before it is too late. After abundant rainfall up until mid-July, the 2003 growing season appears to be one when the rains may be even later th ..... 
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County approves 2004 budget

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Department heads have really sharpened their pencils and come through", praised Policy Coordinator Karen Brown as the county board reviewed new figures submitted from county departments on Tuesday. Brown had informed offices, after last weeks meeti ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford generators selected; site approval next step

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Richard Fogal, chairman of the Electric Commission, presented the Commissions recommendation to accept the Ziegler bid to the Rushford City Council at their meeting September 8. Zieglers (Caterpillar) bid was $43,000 less than their previous bid an ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: City Council approves budget, sets levy

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Harmony City Administrator Jerome Illg presented a preliminary budget proposal, showing an increase in the citys budget of $89,487. The city council on Tuesday, set the budget at $310,674, up from $221,187 in 2003. The 2004 levy was set at $458,805. ..... 
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