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County preparedness for H1N1


Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Health Director Sharon Serfling provided information on the H1N1 influenza and recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. She said they are not focusing on the number of confirmed cases as much as the effort to contain them. There are daily conference calls as the situation is evolving. Her office receives numerous health alerts. "There is no known case of this disease in Fillmore County."

Serfling noted that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) refers to the new strain as H1N1 now. The World Health Organization still calls it "swine flu." The WHO claims that changing the label now would cause confusion. Chairman Chuck Amunrud said the label was not right, just because it is easy to say, isn't a reason to use the label. The new strain is a mixture of genetic material from avian, human, and swine viruses. There is a concern that this mixed virus can be more dangerous because it is a strain that our immune systems have not been introduced to before. However, at this point in time, people who get the flu are experiencing typical seasonal flu symptoms.

New directions are to watch for flu in schools, keep schools open and sick children at home. The MDH is asking that lab specimens be submitted to test for the new strain only when a patient has been hospitalized for influenza like symptoms. The MDH say that the virus is widespread, but is behaving like regular seasonal flu. Sick people should stay at home. The MDH stresses the importance of handwashing and covering one's mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Dr. Lynfield, Minnesota State Epidemiologist, says they are targeting severe cases for testing, but this does not infer that the disease is becoming more virulent. She expects that the targeting will identify a small number of cases and warns that this is not necessarily a sign that the potential threat from H1N1 is over.

Director of Emergency Management Deborah Teske said the strain is acting like seasonal flu, but in the past a virus like this has mutated into a more virulent virus. Action plans in case of a serious outbreak in the county are in place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working on developing a vaccine which is expected to be available in the fall. The county's current role is monitoring and information dissemination.

Serfling noted that the prescription drug Tamiflu should only be taken when indicated with flu symptoms. If the drug is used irresponsibly, it could .....
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Rushford City Council attacks full agenda with full audience

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

With an ambitiously long agenda, and a packed house of spectators, the Rushford City Council held its regular bi-monthly meeting April 27.

Three public hearings were scheduled, and no doubt the nearly fifty spectators were hoping their dinne ..... 
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County asks for reconsideration for Forestvile Historic Meighen Store Site

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

The board approved a carefully worded letter to be sent to the Director of the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), Nina Archabal, and to our legislators at the board's April 28 meeting. The MHS proposes to close the site as of July 1, 2009. This is ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council pursuing large grant for industrial park expansion

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting started off on a very positive note. Before any other business was conducted Mayor Struzyk announced that the Federal Grant submitted by Administrator Deb Zimmer has advanced through the review process and addi ..... 
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Rushford deliberates over motel location

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the Rushford City Council meeting April 13 was the EDA recommendation to approve ..... 
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Preston supports funding Forestville Historic Site

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Government



City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting that the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) had eliminated funding for three historic sites in the state including the Forestville Meighen site. State ..... 
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Rushford deliberates over motel location

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the April 13 Rushford City Council meeting was the EDA recommendation to approve ..... 
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Rushford looking at $10.3 million for infrastructure improvements

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
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"You've got 10.3 million dollars worth of improvements you're going to have to do sometime," said engineer John Stewart about Rushford infrastructure to the city council at its regular meeting Monday, April 13.

Water mains and sewer pipes-well ..... 
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WALZ, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DISCUSS HIGH SPEED RAIL

Mon, Apr 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Rochester, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz and Obama Administration Official Mark Yachmetz, Associate Administrator of Railroad Development at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) held a roundtable discussion at the Rochester Area Chamber of Comm ..... 
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