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Spring Valley girl recovering from encephalitis


Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, August 20 2001

For Cindy and Joe McNamara of Spring Valley, Friday, July 20, was going to be a great day - a trip to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley with their two daughters, 15 month old Jennifer and eight year old Christine. But what began as a special family outing looking at exotic animals turned into a parents worst nightmare, as the McNamaras watched their oldest daughter fight for her life in a St. Paul hospital.

Diagnosed with LaCrosse Encephalitis, Christine spent the next 10 days, six of them in intensive care, at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. Caused by a mosquito bite, LaCrosse Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, with varying symptoms that include severe headache, fever, confusion, nausea and convulsions.

Named LaCrosse Encephalitis because it was first identified in LaCrosse, the disease is transmitted by tree-hole mosquitoes (Aedus Triseriatus).

A joint investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Fillmore County Public Health Department confirmed two sites in Spring Valley that had tree-hole mosquito larvae. One source was a tree in the McNamara’s backyard. Another site, and what the authorities believe is the primary source, was located in a fountain a few houses away. Only about two percent of the mosquitoes carry the virus. The incubation period for LaCrosse Encephalitis is two to fifteen days.

The first sign that anything was wrong came the night before the trip, when Christine had a slight temperature. But Cindy said that Christine seemed to feel better after she gave her some Tylenol. At the zoo the next day, Christine complained about being tired, and again Cindy gave her some Tylenol. Whenever the family would stop to rest while walking around the zoo, Christine would lay down on the bench.

When the family left the zoo later in the day, Christine immediately fell asleep in the car, and struggled to wake up when the family stopped at a McDonald’s just a few miles from the zoo. While the family ate their meals, Christine slept on the seat in the booth.

And then the nightmare began. When the family was ready to leave McDonalds, Christine began having severe grand mal seizures. The family called 911 and paramedics came and worked on Christine for 45 minutes in the McDonald’s parking lot to try and get her stabilized. Because of the severity of Christine’s seizures, the emergency medical technicians opted to take her to Child .....
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Planning Commission

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Commission unsympathetic to odor complaintsBy John TorgrimsonMonday, August 20, 2001


There is a little boy somewhere in Michigan who can thank his lucky stars that two Preston men happened to be vacationing on the same beach he was ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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“There is no parking problem”By John TorgrimsonMonday, August 13, 2001

The Lanesboro City Council sports one of the “coolest” government meeting rooms in all of Fillmore County. By cool, I am referring to the ambient temperature in the room a ..... 
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County asked to pay its share of library costs

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Monday, August 20, 2001

It was library budget day at the County Board meeting last week as librarians from the county’s seven public libraries came before the commissioners to make their annual funding request.

The executive director o ..... 
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Tattoos: the wonderful world of body art

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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By Mary JergensonMonday, August 20, 2001

Have you ever thought about your own ancestors, buried somewhere across "the pond”, in a place like Flanders Fields? Those brave young men who served the Allied Forces in WWI a ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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