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Spring Valley Care Center honors nursing staff


Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

Sixteen years ago, a family situation spurred Spring Valley’s Dave Thouin into a career change that would eventually lead him to a position as a Charge Nurse at the Spring Valley Care Center (SVCC). Thouin’s son, Christopher, was born with a multi-handicapping birth defect known as Spina Bifida in 1986. Thouin, a former Navy Corpsman, who was working in public relations and sales at the time, was so impressed with the medical care his son received at Mayo Clinic that he decided to pursue a career in the medical field himself. "After witnessing how well Chris responded to the wonderful care given to him when he was born, I just felt I wanted to give something back," Thouin said. After years of study, he received his Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degree and eventually his Registered Nursing (RN) degree and is now among the 38 staff members at the SVCC honored recently during National Nurses week for their dedication and support of residents and families.The theme of this year’s national celebration was "Nurses: Lifting Spirits, Touching Lives" and is personified in the staff at SVCC. "We have a very loving and caring staff here," said Pam Kunert, Director of Nursing. "Our staff works very hard to make resident’s feel like this is their home – we try to make their lives as happy as we can," she said. "We feel like we’re giving back to our community by caring for residents who were very vital parts of their communities," Thouin added. "We’re also here to comfort and support families who are sometimes reluctant to place their family member in a long-term care facility." Arlys Markham, a 26-year veteran of the SVCC says that describing the care center as a home with heart is not just a figure of speech. I’ve stayed here this long because this is a good nursing home – we really do care about our residents here," she said. Markham is one of six LPNs on staff. Also on staff at the care center are four RNs, 20 Nursing Assistants, five Trained Medication Aids and three Helping Hand assistants. When combined, the total number of years of care-giving experience among the staff at SVCC is 245. While President Bush proclaimed that our nation’s health care system is “world-class and a model for skill and innovation with a pace of discovery that is helping American’s live better and longer lives” -- long-term care facilities in the state are experienci .....
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MPCA: “This facility is not a significant health risk”

Fri, May 16th, 2003
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“This seems like a show,” Bonita Underbakke said near the end of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) public information meeting in Preston on Tuesday . “Does what these people say have anything to do with whether they will have a tire burni ..... 
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Rushford City Police will patrol Peterson

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

At the request of Peterson Mayor Dick Lee and the Peterson City Council, the Rushford City Council voted Monday night, May 12th, to have the Rushford Police Department patrol Peterson streets five hours per week. The money paid by Peterson for the se ..... 
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Wastewater Plant project moves forward

Fri, May 16th, 2003
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"Manholes look real good, like they were just laid five years ago," stated Mike Lynch, as he and Chuck Janski of Bonestroo Rosene Anderlik & Associates gave an update on the wastewater plant project to Harmony council members. If the outfall sewer li ..... 
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Friends of Forestville ready to do whatever it takes to save site

Fri, May 16th, 2003
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"I love coming to Forestville and its celebrations. There’s kids in the metro area that can still take Spanish, and my school is faced with possibly losing its ag program. Now you want to close Forestville, that’s not fair,"   [Read the Rest]

Wykoff residents recall killer tornado of fifty years ago

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

Don Jeche, his dad, Otto, and his six year old nephew Dennis Boetcher were milking cows early on the afternoon of May 12, 1953. It was Mother’s Day and the family was looking forward to sitting down for a special supper as soon as the chores were don ..... 
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Area communities ready for Syttende Mai

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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In Norway, the 17th of May is a little like America’s 4th of July. Known as Syttende Mai, this is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814.

Syttende Mai is celebrated locally amongst Norwegian-American communities, and s ..... 
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Commissioners meet with Olmsted counterparts to discuss collaboration

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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As the county board made their way through the morning’s agenda on Tuesday, there were deep vibrations overhead as construction started on the long awaited courthouse remodeling/ addition project.

"They’re starting," laughed Co ..... 
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Preston City Council: Issue of special assessment unresolved

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met Monday, May 5 lacking one member, Mike Gartner. Mayor Pechulis asked for a moment of silence to wish Mr. Gartner well, as he was admitted to the hospital late last week.

Joe Palen, an engineer from ..... 
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