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County to observe Child Abuse Prevention month


Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

At their March 23 commissioners’ meeting, the Fillmore County Board proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“Child Abuse Services (CAS) is a mandated state program that the county must provide,” Fillmore County Social Services Director, Tom Boyd, explained to the board. “It takes a lot of talented employees to make it work.”

Boyd credited the CAS team, working with few resources, for running a successful program. Wendy Ebner of Social Services oversees the team.

CAS focuses on child neglect, physical and emotional abuse, as well as sexual abuse. Boyd said that sexual abuse is the toughest to work through. This includes providing counseling and working through the legal system. He introduced his team to the county board.

“I do the investigation and work with the court,” stated Vicky Giese. She also works closely with schools.

“The old saying ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’ doesn’t hold true,” admonished Giese. She said that some people don’t realize that some punishment can be abusive, which is why she believes public education is important. Giese went on to say that most parents want to cooperate.

Karie Ask discussed her involvement with the “Corner House”, a program that teaches team members how to conduct interviews and gather information, primarily dealing with sexual abuse. Ask said that she and Barb Hermanson have been visiting schools to promote April as Child Abuse Prevention month.

Fillmore County Sheriff Investigator Tom Kycek passed out pictures of the child interview room at the Sheriff’s Department. A special room has been decorated to make the child feel comfortable.

All interviews are recorded through one-way glass. This is required by law so that the county, family and their attorney can review the same information.

Kycek said that while conducting the interview, a child is asked to describe their home and who lives there. A social worker will also clarify terms a child uses when describing their body parts. If a child is uncomfortable verbally describing an event, a doll is brought forth so the child may just point to the body areas being discussed. Interviews can also be held at the house or school.

“You want to see things run as smooth as possible,” Kycek said. “This team is fantastic to work with.”
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Jury finds Moose not guilty of fleeing a police officer

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, a jury of seven men and five women found Floyd Moose of Chatfield not guilty on seven charges related to an incident on January 14, 2003.

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Davids signs on to bill requiring EIS for tire plants

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Monday, March 22, Rep. Greg Davids signed on to a bill authored by DFL Rep. Margaret Anderson-Kelliher that would require an environmental impact statement be prepared for any tire burning facility that uses fluidized bed boiler system technology. ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: “Gamma Log” days in Rushford

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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No, it’s not a take-off on Peterson’s Gammel Dag, but rather days when the city of Rushford will literally delve deeply into current well number three and its ability to supply good water to the residents of Rushford.

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Elstad Lutheran Church celebrates 150th anniversary

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: The following is the second in a two part series on sister churches Elstad and Highland Prairie. The two Lutheran churches are among the oldest in Minnesota as well as having some of the earliest congregations of Norwegian heritage. Bo ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: DNR acquires land in York Township

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Gary Nelson, DNR Area Wildlife Manager from Winona, asked the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday, March 23 meeting, to consider giving approval to an 80 acre land acquisition in York Township owned by Roger Sanford.

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Special Section: Horses are growth industry in Fillmore County.

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Without the horse what would have become of man? It has served us for transport, in agriculture, industry, and every kind of activity since the dawn of time.   Bertland Leclair

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Horses are growth industry in Fillmore County

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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  Without the horse what would have become of man? It has served us for transport, in agriculture, industry, and every kind of activity since the dawn of time.   Bertland Leclair

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Vaccination and disease prevention for your horse

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Spring is here, and it is time to prepare your horses for the coming summer season. Now is the time to vaccinate, before they are exposed to infectious diseases.

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