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Rep. Greg Davids receives Minnesota Ambulance Association Award


Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

(Spring Valley, MN) State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) was recently presented with the ambulance industry’s prestigious “Legacy Award” for his record of strong support for rural Emergency Medical Services policies at the Minnesota Legislature.

Davids’ legislative record of bipartisan cooperation on maintaining a strong rural EMS system prompted the award. His commitment has resulted in successful enactment of creation of a network of tax exemptions for all ambulance providers in Minnesota. However, his advocacy for programs primarily benefitting rural, volunteer ambulance providers has been crucial in maintaining rural EMS. He was also instrumental in the creation of an independent EMS regulatory authority as well as a first-in-the-nation recruitment/retention plan to help secure volunteer ambulance personnel in Minnesota.

EMS spokesperson Buck McAlpin stated that “without the numerous tax considerations and volunteer personnel policies championed by Rep. Davids, the brittle network of rural, volunteer ambulance providers in Minnesota would be in dire straits.” He continued, “although these exemptions represent a very small portion of the state budget, small amounts of money go a long way towards supporting our statewide volunteer ambulance operations which represent nearly 62 percent of all EMS personnel in Minnesota.”

Davids was recognized in a formal ceremony in Spring Valley. During his comments on the award, he recounted how the Spring Valley Ambulance Service, through its professionalism and timely response to a 911 call, saved the life of his father. “Had it not been for these dedicated Emergency Medical Technicians, my father would never have survived,” Davids said.

Volunteer ambulance personnel represent the vast majority of all certified ambulance personnel in Minnesota. The loss of these volunteers would cost Minnesota’s healthcare system roughly $70 million in additional healthcare costs per year. Davids’ leadership and advocacy have made him a true hero to rural EMS.

County board discusses options for aging jail

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen reviewed a Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) inspection report at the November 6 county board meeting. The county jail was inspected this past June. Jensen said overall they received a good rating, but the DOC wants th ..... 
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Preston extends Small Cities Grant application

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained at the city council’s November 5 meeting that the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has suggested the city extend their preliminary application to include single family homes. Counci ..... 
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Bakke presented award

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Government

LuAnn Hiniker, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Director presents Fillmore County Commissioner Duane Bakke the “Friend of Extension” award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, the statewide honorary Extension organization.

Fillmore County Highway Remodel

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Government

Remodeling of the Fillmore County Highway Administration building at 909 Houston Street NW is scheduled to begin Monday, November 5, 2012. It is expected that the project could last up to five months. During that time, the County Engineer, engineer ..... 
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Ostrander City Council minutes

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Ostrander Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn. All council members were present. Approval of Consent Agenda Motion by Kunert, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to accept ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Government

• Monday, Nov, 5, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 5, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 5, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m. • Tuesday, Nov. 6, Ostra ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Government

• Tuesday, Oct. 30, Fillmore Central School Board, 6:30pm, Board Room • Monday, Nov. 5, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 5, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 5, Wha ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Government

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center held a very successful Fall Household Hazardous Waste event on October 2. Approximately two hundred fifty households dropped off donations of unwanted and ..... 
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