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County to upgrade health data technology


Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Government

Lantha Stevens, Public Health, updated the board at their June 7 meeting on the Beacon Communities Program Grant. Mayo Clinic is one of fifteen communities across the nation that received a portion of the $220 million of federal Health and Human Services grant funds. The funds are to be used to build and strengthen health care record keeping to improve the efficiency of health care in the United States. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine's portion of over $12 million will be used in an eleven-county area in southeast Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic will use the funds to improve patient management, reduce the expense of emergency services, especially for patients with childhood asthma and diabetes. The money will also be targeted in rural communities to improve interoperability with software which will allow a safe and secure exchange of health information. In Fillmore County the money will be used to upgrade the current CHAMP system to a PH Doc system. The new computer system and three years of support will allow county health to share data with Mayo Clinic and other health systems. The grant funds will save the county money to do a needed update in their software. County Coordinator Karen Brown noted that the existing CHAMP system would have been replaced this year. The grant will save the county about $50,000. No matching funds are required for the grant.

TZD Safe Roads Grant

Brenda Pohlman, Public Health, requested and received approval of a resolution to apply for the 2010-2011 Safe Roads Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Grant with the state Office of Public Safety. The grant is for about $10,000 and requires no local match of dollars. Fillmore County can apply for all three traffic-related efforts including: speed reduction, increased seat belt use, and alcohol impairment.

Pohlman noted Fillmore County has the worst speed ranking in the state based on 2006-2008 data on vehicle miles driven. The funds will be used for outreach, traffic safety education, and working with schools, worksites and communities on traffic safety policies and to improve outcomes.

2011 Budget Process

Karen Brown said the current budget has decreased by about one and one-half percent or by about $360,000 from 2009. The levy increase over 2009 was just over one percent. The 2010 state county program aid is expected to be about $654,000 after several hundred thousand in cuts.

The April Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed an increase of 2.2 perce .....
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Rushford Village Annual Spring Road Tour

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

The council convened at 6:00 p.m. at the City of Rushford Village office for the annual Spring Road Tour aboard a Semcac bus. Presiding: Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. ..... 
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Revised state GAMC reviewed

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

Community Services Director Tom Boyd and Gail Bunge detailed reforms resulting from recent legislation and the Omnibus Budget Bill affecting General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) and Income Maintenance programs at the county board's June 1 meeting. ..... 
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Rushford Village regular council meeting

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

At 6:36 p.m. on May 18, 2010, continuation of the special meeting was called to order by Acting Mayor Dale Schwanke, as he had presided on May 11, 2010. Members present: Mayor Gordon Johnson, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Absent: Dennis Overland. ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward on smoking regulations

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council directed the City Attorney Fred Suhler to draft an ordinance to regulate smoking in specific outside areas at their May 24 meeting. The issue has been discussed in past council meetings and at the Park and Recreation Commi ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward on smoking regulations

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council directed the City Attorney Fred Suhler to draft an ordinance to regulate smoking in specific outside areas at their May 24 meeting. The issue has been discussed in past council meetings and at the Park and Recreation Commi ..... 
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Fountain Fire Department presents quotes for equipment

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Fountain City Council was called to order by Mayor Richard Kujath on May 5, 2010. Council persons present were: Dave Gudmundson, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby, and Chad Wangen. Stan Speer, clerk; Sharon Speer, assistant clerk; H ..... 
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Peterson reports on Housing Grant to begin mid-June

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on May 4, 2010, with the following present: Jan Smaby, Chuck Eidenschink, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson, Tim Hallum, Lolly Melander and Rick Lee. There were eighteen guests present at this meeting. ..... 
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Canton contends with roaming cats

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular May meeting of the Canton City Council was called to order by Mayor Donivee Johnson. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Cindy Shanks, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. Ross Duckett was absent. Guests at this meeting were Barb ..... 
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