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Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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Health Talk & You

Bacteria that resist treatment
By Will Hueston, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D.Monday, January 7, 2002Bacteria once were the major cause of life-threatening diseases in animals and humans. All that changed in the 1940s, with the development of antibiotics such as penicillin. The miracle of modern antibiotics is so widely recognized that Americans have come to expect antibiotics to be sure cures for all that ails them. But the power of these one-time wonder drugs has diminished in recent years as the number and types of bacteria resistant to antibiotics have increased.

Recent studies have highlighted the complexity of antibiotic resistance in both animals and humans. Antibiotic resistance frequently emerges in hospital intensive-care settings. In addition, failure to follow the entire treatment regimen of an antibiotic increases the likelihood of resistance development. Foods can play a role, too, as resistant bacteria can be found contaminating meat and poultry products in grocery stores. While most bacteria prefer either a human or an animal host, some move back and forth. Some resistance apparently can move from people to their pets, as in the recent report that detailed several infections in pets following their owners resistant-bacterial infection.

The emergence of these "super bugs" and the weakening of antibiotics is a major concern for veterinarians like me, who swear an oath to promote public health as well as protect animal health. Some resistant bacteria even have the potential to cause illness that is untreatable with current antibiotics.

Bacteria become resistant to antibiotics by inheritance, genetic mutation, or sharing of genes among the population. When an antibiotic is given to a sick patient (human or animal), those bacteria lacking resistance die, but those that have some defensessome resistance genescan survive, especially if not enough of the antibiotic is given to kill them. Lacking competition from the susceptible bacteria, these resistant bacteria are likely to multiply.

Many factors contribute to the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but misuse of antibiotics is a major culprit. The challenge for public health is to sort out which factors contribute most significantly to antibiotic resistance and determine how to focus prevention measures to achieve the greatest reductions in resistance problems.

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Referendum to be held on bridge bonding

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Ambulance and Fire crews to be separate in the futureBy John P. LevellMonday, December 24, 2001

At 5:16 PM, Mayor John Brose called the Dec. 17, 2001 Lanesboro City Council meeting to order. Council members John Dollar, Hal Cropp, Kevi ..... 
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Commissioners approve Barr subdivision

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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Discuss addition to courtsBy Mike McGrathOn a motion by Commissioner Randy Dahl, the Fillmore County Board approved the preliminary plat for the Barr subdivision in Fillmore Township.

The approval came with six conditions, most of whi ..... 
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Budget deficit, bonding, redistricting and stadium deals

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A pre-session conversation with state legislators Kenric Scheevel and Greg DavidsBy John TorgrimsonMonday, January 7, 2002

Editors note: The Minnesota Legislature will open their 2002 session on January 29. While the primary busines ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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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


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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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
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

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

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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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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