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Commissioners’ Report: County Board addresses flu vaccine shortage


Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

The County Board had planned to provide flu vaccinations for all county employees as it has in the past. However, due to the recent announcement of a substantial national short fall of the flu vaccine, the board was forced to reconsider the blanket benefit to its employees.

Sharon Serfling, Director of Fillmore County Public Health, addressed the Board at its Tuesday, October 12 meeting. She explained that one of the two companies that manufacture the vaccine canceled all shipments. The company was ordered to do so by the British Government. Therefore, the nation as a whole will have to use the limited vaccine available to protect those people who are most at risk. Fillmore County, like the rest of the country, will only be able to vaccinate about half the people normally expecting to get vaccinated. Most healthy adults will be asked to forego the shot this year.

Serfling stressed the importance of taking preventative measures in order to reduce the chance of contracting the flu. Briefly, they included exercise, rest, diet, covering the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, hand cleanliness, and protecting others from exposure once the flu has been contracted by staying home while ill.

Mrs. Serfling emphasized that a person will be turned away for a flu shot if they are not in the high risk category. There is a list of criteria as to who is eligible to receive a flu shot. The list is available at www.mdhflu.com or contact Fillmore Public Health at 507-765-3898. Serfling pleaded for the public’s cooperation in protecting the most vulnerable population,

“Please do not show up if your not high risk,” Serfling said. She feels strongly that hand sanitation in the work place or at school is of the utmost importance. Flu season is from October to May.

The Board had previously passed a resolution that provided for the vaccination of all their employees. They rescinded that in order to pass a new resolution which provides for the vaccination of those employees that meet the limited criteria and also provides for the stocking of a dry hand sanitizing product for employee use. Several members of the Board were concerned about the inequity of only paying for vaccinations of some and not all as in the past. Chairman Randy Dahl suggested that county employees have the character to want vulnerable employees to be protected. Serfling said that the Board isn’ .....
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Committee takes up Heartland JOBZ application

Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

A sub-committee of the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority met on Friday, October 15, to review the application of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC for a business subsidy. (The committee met after this issue of the Journal went to print). ..... 
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Commentary: As the world turns

Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: The Journal invited former state senator Duane Benson to comment on the upcoming election.

Running for office? Want to get the headlines? Don’t talk about the issues! Do talk about your opponent’s evil conniving n ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council approves TIF project

Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Harmony City Council on Tuesday, October 12, approved a measure that will allow the city to sell bonds to finance public improvements to the industrial park ($470,114) and refinance outstanding bonds ($480,000). The council’s action followed a pu ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Tri-County/GenSys offer generation lease

Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

Once again the issue of “standby generators” generated high citizen interest as the Rushford City Council met October 12th for their regular meeting. There was standing room only left as city residents crowded in to hear the council and give their in ..... 
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Lanesboro youth get behind skate park effort

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - To some hearing the words kickflip, ollie, and rail grind would only manifest a feeling of confusion, but they are only part of the vocabulary of the steady growing group of American skateboarders. Sean Sampson, a Lanesboro senior, and Ma ..... 
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County Board struggles classifying DreamAcres

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board spent considerable time at their Tuesday, October 3, meeting discussing DreamAcres’ application for a conditional use permit. Much of that time was spent trying to define what DreamAcres really is: school, campgrou ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Mural okayed for safety wall at 208 N. Parkway

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
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Amanda Rafuse of Friends of the Arts (FOTA) and Sara Decker of Cornucopia Art Center shared plans for a mural with the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting Monday, October 4, 2004. The mural, slated to be painted on a safety wall for the c ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Council wrestles with Highway 52 issues

Fri, Oct 8th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Highway 52 project dominated Preston’s city council meeting on Monday, October 4. Several homeowners along the Highway 52 corridor turned out to voice complaints over plans for beautification (or lack there of) of retaining walls along the route. ..... 
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