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Fillmore County to embark on a healthy voyage


Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a nation-leading effort to reduce chronic disease, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded 39 grants to Minnesota communities to help lower the number of Minnesotans who use tobacco or who are obese or overweight. The Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) is part of Minnesota's historic health care reform initiative that was signed into law in 2008. Fillmore County Public Health is a part of a nine-county collaboration from SE MN that has received SHIP funding.

SHIP tackles the top three causes of preventable illness and death in the United States: tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor nutrition. Together these three factors have been estimated to cause 35 percent of all annual deaths in the United States, or 800,000 deaths each year. These factors also drive up health care costs. SHIP interventions are projected to save an estimated $1.9 billion in Minnesota by 2015.

SHIP takes a new approach toward prevention by focusing on creating sustainable, systemic changes that make it easier for individuals to make healthy choices in their daily lives. Some prevention programs focus on individual behavior change, which can be difficult to sustain past the life of the program or the individual's involvement in the program.

Community health boards and tribal governments applying for the grants chose from a menu of interventions that have been proven effective in reducing tobacco use and exposure and in improving physical activity and nutrition. The interventions focus on four settings - schools, communities, worksites and health care - to make sustainable improvements to the policies, systems and environments that determine how Minnesotans live, learn, work, play and receive care.

Some of the grant recipients like Fillmore County Public Health are in the planning phase, while others are implementing their changes. SHIP is locally controlled, so grantees can establish the plans that are best suited to their communities.

To engage the community regarding local SHIP efforts, Fillmore County Public Health cordially invites the public to attend one of the planning and educational sessions scheduled in October. These sessions will provide an overview of SHIP and allow for local community feedback concerning the interventions which will be used to reduce obesity and tobacco use in Fillmore County. These duplicate sessions will take place at the Fillmore County Office Building - Room 108 located at 902 Houston .....
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Whalan discusses trimming trees and dual heat policy

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Whalan City Council met on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, for its monthly meeting. Present were counsel members: Larry Johnson, Johnny Halverson, Everett Johnson, David Rahn, Margaret Chiglo and Lolly Melander; visitor present was Lanny Landsverk.< ..... 
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What is the future of Potter Auditorium?

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

A joint powers meeting of the Chatfield City Council, Chatfield Public School Board, and the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) was held to keep all informed as to the findings and recommendations of the steering committee. The steering ..... 
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What is the future of Potter Auditorium?

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

A joint powers meeting of the Chatfield City Council, Chatfield Public School Board, and the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) was held to keep all informed as to the findings and recommendations of the steering committee. The steering ..... 
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Hilltop Estates, second additional approval

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

By Karen Reisner

The Chatfield City Council unanimously gave their approval to the development agreement and the final plat for the Hilltop Estates, Second Addition at their September 28 meeting. The public hearing had been continued from the ..... 
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Minnesota Mayors unite to express concern regarding LGA

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

St.Paul, MN-Saying that the next governor will determine the fate of cities across the state, mayors announced at a State Capitol press conference that they are turning their attention to the 2010 governor's race and will be traveling the state to c ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff's office joins Crime Stoppers of MN

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen has announced that the sheriff's office has joined with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to increase ways that citizens can pass on anonymous tips about crimes.

In addition to remaining anonymous, persons pro ..... 
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Spring Valley budget and levy

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council has passed a resolution setting the preliminary budget and levy for 2010. At the meeting Monday night, the Council set the preliminary levy at $880,344. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that, "There will be no salary ..... 
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Rushford approves expansion of Fire Department storage facilities

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Resolution 2009-068 has officially awarded the "2009 Municipal Improvement Project" to Winona Excavating Company At the Monday, September 28th, city council meeting, both Otomo Engineering Services and BDM Consulting Engineers recommended the firm a ..... 
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