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Salvation Army expands services to Fillmore County


Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Many area residents may not be aware that in April of 2015 the board of the Salvation Army approved expanding services to aid residents in Fillmore County and several other counties.

Jessica Schultz, REACH/Pharmacy Coordinator for the Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan Health Clinic, states “we have expanded services to people with no insurance, people who have insurance but their deductibles are too high, undocumented persons, legal permanent residents, sponsored individuals and people who cannot secure health insurance” which covers a sizeable portion of the population.

The Rochester Education and Advocacy for Community Health, or REACH, is a program consisting of second year Mayo medical students rotating through the clinic every Tuesday and Thursday morning. According to Schultz, the clinic is staffed by volunteer/retired Mayo physicians from different departments.

Schultz says “we will always see a person once and try to help them secure affordable insurance if they are eligible” which is a great help for those who do not know where to begin to find affordable insurance. The only individuals that would not be eligible are people who have Medicaid and Medicare, notes Schultz.

The Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan Health Clinic provides free medical care which consists of primary, acute, pediatric, psychiatric, diabetic, smoking cessation, and eye clinics. There is a complete pharmacy on site which is licensed by the State of Minnesota.

Prescriptions are available at the pharmacy for $5.00 for a one month supply and $8.00 for a two month supply. Schultz states “if an individual cannot pay, they still receive their medication”, which can literally be a lifesaver for some patients.

Schultz states they utilize the Prescription Assistance Program. She explains “this is a free program offered by pharmaceutical companies for individuals who do not have insurance and cannot afford their medicines. If qualified and approved they will be able to receive those expensive name brand medicines here for free” and adds “this also helps reduce our pharmacy costs”, so it is a significant program.

The clinic also offers dental services although Schultz says “the dental clinic’s main focus is more of an emergency based clinic that performs extractions” but the dental clinic does accept Medicaid insurance/no insurance. This service is “by appoin .....
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Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

2015 marks the 16th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen, are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the eight contestants. This year’s contestants are L ..... 
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Root River Trail Towns received 501(c)(3) non-profit status on April 22

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Features

A Root River Trail Towns organization was first organized in the early 1990’s as a means for the towns on the MN DNR Root River Trail to collaboratively promote use of the Root River Trail and the local communities. Early activities included the a ..... 
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Lanesboro - small business celebration

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism Eric Leitzen welcomed ten new business owners to Lanesboro at a mass ribbon cutting ceremony on Coffee Street on June 9, 2015. After introductory remarks from Mayor Robin Krom, each new busine ..... 
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93rd annual MPPOA (Minnesota Peace and Police Officers Association) Conference

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Features

By Sheriff Tom Kaase Deputy Jesse Grabau (along with his wife Samantha and their two sons), dispatcher Samantha Keasling, and I (along with my wife Dorle) attended this conference this past weekend. It was a very good, busy, and informative confere ..... 
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Boots and Badges: the home stretch

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Features

By Ellen Whalen As we are into the last couple of weeks of the collection period for the Boots and Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans book, we continue to be impressed by the amount of items offered to us. At this point, we have well over 36 ..... 
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Why not precision conservation?

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Features

(Reprinted by permission from the author, Jim Gulliford, Soil and Water Conservation Society) Farmers are using more and more sophisticated tools to refine and improve their crop management decisions, and to evaluate both yield and economic result ..... 
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Local electric cooperatives receive regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s electric service territory in southern Minnesota

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

RUSHFORD, MN (May 1, 2015) – Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) received state regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s Minnesota electric service territory in a verbal decision on Thursday, April 30, 2015, by the Minnesota Publ ..... 
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Conservation corps apprentice working at Fillmore SWCD…

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

The Conservation Corps of Minn. and Iowa have placed Lindsey Weiss of Harmony as an apprentice at the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office. Apprentices will spend their summer working alongside natural resource professionals t ..... 
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