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County employee health screening


Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

Health Educator Brenda Pohlman informed the board at their May 26 meeting as to the results of the employee health screening. This is the third year participating employees have been screened for vision, hearing, flexibility, body mass index, blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol. Employees have the option of participating in all, some or none of the tests.

Pohlman suggested year to year the same employees get tested. Some have been made aware of areas needing improvement in previous years and have improved. She was most concerned about cholesterol and glucose levels. About 27% showed high glucose levels which makes them pre-diabetic. Chairman Chuck Amunrud remarked diabetic employees lead to higher insurance rates.

Twenty men and forty-five women were screened. About 55% had high blood pressure. Only nineteen employees were screened for body mass index and twelve of them were deemed overweight or obese. Sixty-two employees were screened for cholesterol and 22% had high cholesterol.

Pohlman recommended employees use preventative services available through their health insurance to improve hearing and vision. Information is provided to improve cholesterol ratios and the importance of exercise, nutrition and weight loss are emphasized. Symptoms of diabetes are detailed for employees.

AMC Steering Committee, State Budget

Commissioner Duane Bakke reported on discussions at the Association of Minnesota Counties Board of Directors Steering Committee related to the state budget and Governor Tim Pawlenty's declaration that he would use his powers of line item veto and unallocation authority to balance the budget. Bakke noted the state budget remains 2.9 billion out of balance.

Bakke says a 3.9% levy increase limit was imposed for local governments last year and he expects this year there could be a 1.5% levy increase limit increase imposed by the state. County leaders want to maintain as much flexibility as possible. The governor has requested input from county leaders and others. Bakke suggests the governor is setting them up for a fight, rural counties against cities on transportation spending, for example.

DFL legislators claim they did their job sending the governor a bill with a balanced budget including a tax increase. The governor vetoed the bill saying the legislators failed to do their job because they didn't balance the budget without a tax increase. Pawlenty has encouraged counties and cities t .....
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Audit shows city status at Rushford City Council meeting

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government



The May 26th meeting of the Rushford City Council commenced with a detailed start, courtesy of an audit report from Smith Schaefer & Associates, Ltd. Tom Wente documented the findings.

The information presented further showcased the ..... 
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Preston looking at community gardens

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



Councilman Jon Haugan encouraged the establishment of community garden plots at the city's May 18 meeting. He explained the gardens could be helpful for people that lack their own space for a garden during this time of economic woes. Haugan ..... 
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Lanesboro reviews expenses and revenues

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Jason Boynton from Smith Schafer and Associates presented the Lanesboro City Council with their audit report for 2008. Boynton went over the highlights with the council, starting with the city's revenues.

Boynton pointed out that the levy co ..... 
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Community members "roll up their sleeves" to save summer ball programs

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



With at least 50 people in attendance, concerned and driven parents met with Community Education staff May 18th to help determine the fate of the summer ball program in the Rushford-Peterson community.

Director Beth Thede led the mee ..... 
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EcoEnergy to add meteorological tower

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



Don Miller, representing EcoEnergy LLC, explained to the Planning Commission at their May 21 meeting that the additional tower would be located in the Southwest portion of the proposed wind farm west of Harmony. The property is in Bristol To ..... 
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Post-Flood and economic stress a concern at Rushford City Council Meeting

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

Going in circles at times, the Rushford City Council meeting on May 11th brought forth concerns from community members looking for understanding on proposed public utility improvements. Projects are slated over a 10-12 year period, depending on fina ..... 
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Harmony City Council dicusses TIF District

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council had a lot of discussion and made some final decisions on some improvements in the downtown area at the May 12th meeting. The alley behind the bank will be improved with new lighting and street improvements. At the same time, ..... 
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County Board updated on EcoHarmony West Wind Project

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

Don Miller representing EcoEnergy brought the board up to date on the status of the proposed EcoHarmony West Project at the board's May 12 meeting. The comment period regarding the application for a Large Wind Energy Conversion System Site Permit en ..... 
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