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Monday, September 25, 2000


Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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To the Editor,

There has been some questions raised in the community about organ donation. This letter is written to dispel some of the myths and address some of these questions.

Organ donation is a life giving option for families facing the tragic loss of a loved one. Most people, even those with certain health problems, are acceptable organ donors in the event of a brain death injury. Brain death means that the brain has suffered complete and irreversible loss of all brain function. Examples of injuries that cause brain death include a ruptured blood vessel in the brain, drowning, and head trauma from a bike or motor vehicle accident. Patients who are in a coma or vegetative state are not considered for organ transplantation because there is still some brain function. In the event of injury, every attempt is made to save your life. It is only after death has been declared that organ donation is considered.

Organs that can be donated are the heart, liver, lungs, pancreas, kidneys, and intestines. One organ donor can save the lives of eight people! At the time of death, your next of kin must give written permission to donate your organs. This is why it is crucial for you to talk to your family now about your wishes to be an organ donor.

Designating your organ donation wishes on your driver’s license or a signed donor card does not guarantee that you will become an organ donor. There is no cost to the donor’s family for donation. All expenses involved with the organ donation are paid by the organ transplant recipient or their health insurance. Organ donors are still able to have a regular funeral including an open casket, if desired.
There are 60,000 Americans waiting to receive an organ transplant. Please talk to your family today about your wishes to be an organ donor. If you would like more information, contact LifeSource at 1-888-5-DONATE or www.life-source.org.

Becky Elsbernd, PHN
Fillmore County Public Health


To the Editor,

There has been some questions raised in the community about organ donation. This letter is written to dispel some of the myths and address some of these questions.

Organ donation is a life giving option for families facing the tragic loss of a loved one. Most people, even those with certain health problems, are acceptable organ donors in the event of a brain death injury. Brain death means that the brain has suffered complete and irreversible l .....
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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

Mildred S. Johnson was born March 31, 1906 at Amherst, Fillmore County, grew up and attended school in Fillmore County. In ..... 
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Jayne Ilene Gossman

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Jayne Ilene Gossman, 69, of Preston, died September 20, 2000 at the home of her daughter in Granger, MN.

Jayne Finstad was born March 27, 1931 in Sunburg, MN, the daughter of Richard and Marina (Swenson) Finstad. She grew up in the area and a ..... 
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Howard Shipton

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Howard Shipton, 83, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Spring Valley, died August 17, 2000.

He was born August 29, 1916, near Spring Valley. After a medical discharge from the Army, he trained at Austin Technical School to become a machinist. He lived ..... 
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Dawn Marie Luedke

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Dawn Marie (Jacobson) Luedke, 36, of Prior Lake, MN, died Saturday, September 16, 2000, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.

She was born May 13, 1964 in Rochester to Willard “Red” and Lynne Jacobson of Lanesboro. She married Steven A. Lu ..... 
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Floyd Kuehnast

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Floyd Kuehnast, 82, of Lanesboro, a retired farmer, died Sunday, September 17, 2000, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin where he had resided two years.

Born Oct. 14, 1917, in Beaver Township, Humboldt County, IA, he attended a confirmation ..... 
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Norman L. Hoff

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Norman Hoff, 76, of Mabel, a retired equipment operator, died Saturday, September 16, 2000, at Cuyuna Health Care Center in Crosby, MN.

He was born March 15, 1924, in Preble Township, Fillmore County, and attended Tawney School. In March 1943 ..... 
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Rachel Griswold

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Rachel Griswold, 97, of Mabel, a longtime area resident, died Monday, September 18, 2000, at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

Rachel Sanden was born Feb. 24, 1903, in Kvam, Norway to Ole and Thora (Krok) Sanden, and attended school in H ..... 
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T. Dean Gillund

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Dean Gillund, M.D., 60, of Spokane, WA, formerly of the Preston area, died Saturday, September 16, 2000 from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Born August 6, 1940, in Canton, MN, he attended school in Preston and graduated in 1958. ..... 
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