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Renovations at Mabel Clinic improves handicap accessibility and overall atmosphere


Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Business Announcements

Mindy Osmonson, HUC, Kirsten Wyffels, Director of Nursing Practice, and SueAnn Kinneberg, LPN are happy with the new renovations at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Mabel. Photo submitted

By Hannah Wingert

Winneshiek Medical Center Mabel Clinic in Mabel, Minn., recently underwent some major renovations. The exam rooms received new furniture and updated floors, the lobby experienced a complete overhaul, and the bathroom was expanded to allow for handicap accessibility. The ceilings were raised, and the lighting was updated in most areas.

Up until three years ago, the clinic was only open a few days a week with limited hours. Then, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Kirsten Wyffels joined Nurse Practitioner Kathy Petersburg at the clinic, and the hours were expanded to full-time. The clinic is now open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. When the change in hours took place, some minor updates were made, but nothing significant.

The renovations began on April 15 and were mainly done by Winneshiek Medical Center’s maintenance department. “We were told that they would take four to six weeks, and they were done in six,” Wyffels said. During that time, the clinic temporarily relocated to the Mabel Community Center, where they were able to continue to offer their regular services. The staff considered trying to keep the clinic open during the renovations, but decided that it would be best to make the move.

The clinic’s time at the community center was well-received by the community. “The patients were flexible and just happy we were still open. It wasn’t ideal, but it was workable,” Wyffels explained, adding that the community’s patience with the project was definitely appreciated. The staff at the city offices, which is in the community center as well, mentioned that they missed the activity and seeing everybody after the clinic moved back to its own building.

The first thing that people notice when they walk through the door of the Mabel Clinic are the renovations to the lobby, not just because it’s the first thing they see, but because of the drastic changes. The waiting area and receptionist desk were switched to the opposite sides of the room from where they were and the new lighting and carpeting stand out with their fresh, new look. “It feels more homey and welcoming, and less sterile,” Wyffels said about the atmosphere. “People feel comfortable here.”

“No one ever complained before (the renovations) though,” Wyffels noted. “They were always just happy we were open.”

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Highway 250 bridge removed...

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

Photo by Ken Soiney During the evening of Thursday, June 16, 2016, construction crews picked up the Highway 250 bridge, a well-traveled road for locals and tourists visiting Lanesboro. Ken Soiney captured photos of the bridge removal. According ..... 
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Preston Dairy & Farm enjoying expanded, efficient new space

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

After 45 years of calling the downtown area of Preston home, Preston Dairy and Farm is feeling right at home in their new location on the north edge of town at the corner of Highway 52 and 16. Growth in business over the last six years, combined wit ..... 
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Brighter days ahead at Preston Service Plus

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston Service Plus is a local business that recently took advantage of utility rebates to upgrade the lighting in their facility. With the help of Steve Almos (right), Preston Public Utilities Energy Services Representative, the owners were able t ..... 
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KFIL receives key to the city of Preston

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Local radio station KFIL received a key to the city of Preston in honor of their 50th Anniversary on June 27, 2016. Pictured are, left to right, back row: Shari Hanson, Bill Bentson, and Bruce Fishbaugher; middle row: Devon Krueger, Bryan Dawson, Be ..... 
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Semcac marks 50th anniversary with July 12 open house

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, MN – Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action organization that was founded in 1966; this year marks Semcac’s 50th anniversary of helping people. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act to fight Am ..... 
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Semcac Food Shelves participate in Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

Caledonia, Kasson, Preston, and Rushford, Minn. – All four of the Semcac food shelf locations are participating in the 2016 Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Summer Challenge, a donation drive sponsored by Open Your Heart to the Hungry an ..... 
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Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.8% in May

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

Employers cut 1,900 jobs during the month ST. PAUL – The Minnesota unemployment rate was unchanged at a seasonally adjusted 3.8% in May, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEE ..... 
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Harmony Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Community members joined Dr. Janell Randa and family on June 4 for an open house, tours and ribbon cutting at her new office location. Dr. Randa has been serving the chiropractic needs of the Harmony area for 18 years, and moved into the new locatio ..... 
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