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Semcac services in Fillmore County


Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Government

Wayne Stenberg, executive director of Semcac, reviewed the programs and activities of Semcac during 2010 at the February 1 meeting of the county board. He noted that Semcac employs 260 people in the region and about 50 in Rushford which is Semcac's main office.

The root organization of Semcac was established in 1966. Semcac serves twelve counties in the region including: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona.

Semcac has 55 Senior Dining sites. Over 20,000 meals were served in a congregate setting to 550 Fillmore County seniors. Volunteers delivered over 28,000 meals to 210 Fillmore County seniors to their homes.

Thirty-six caregivers helped over 300 seniors to access resources, make informed decisions, identify needs and deal with feelings of isolation.

Over 150 retired and senior volunteers provided nearly 9,000 hours of service in program areas including Head Start and the Senior Dining Service.

Semcac's Fillmore County bus service operates primarily in the Rushford-Peterson area. Thirty-three volunteer drivers provided over 2,300 rides for Fillmore County residents.

The energy assistance program helped 921 Fillmore County households with their heating bills. The funding comes though the Department of Energy.

Seventy households in the county were updated to be more energy efficient through the weatherization program. Another 26 received energy repairs like furnace replacement. There were also seven households that acquired loans for housing rehabilitation through Semcac programs.

Thirteen households acquired loans through the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grants in Rushford and Ostrander.

Thirty-six children in the county and their families were involved in Head Start. The children received dental and medical exams and were kept up to date on immunizations. The children were also enrolled in some kind of health insurance. Children diagnosed with special needs received support services.

Semcac has a family planning clinic in Winona which provided services to 46 Fillmore County residents including medical exams, contraceptive counseling and birth control. The clinic also screens for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

Outreach and emergency services helped 55 households experiencing a crisis with financial assistance, 69 households with donated blankets, clothing, etc. and 57 hou .....
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Rushford's Community Center denied FEMA funding

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

This city has received a formal reply from FEMA in response to their request for documentation. According to FEMA, the city is being denied funding because work on the Community Center project was completed prior to FEMA approval and an environmenta ..... 
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Chatfield moves to create new light commercial zoning district

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

Kristi Clarke, consultant planner, explained the recommended addition of a new zoning district, B-3 (Light Commercial) at the Chatfield City Council's January 24 meeting. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent.

Clarke referred to the 2008 Comprehensiv ..... 
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Spring Valley hears report from Ambulance Director

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government



The major piece of business for the Spring Valley City Council was approval to purchase a new truck. Mayor Struzyk said that there has been a need for a truck that is small enough to plow alleys and downtown. The criteria, according to Chad ..... 
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Community service officers report to commissioners

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

Veteran Services Officer Nate Pike and Director of Nursing Lantha Stevens delivered an annual report to the county commissioners at their January 25 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase and Sheriff Daryl Jensen were absent as they were attending the seco ..... 
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Preston joins MnWARN

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Government

Public Works Director Bill Cox detailed information about the formal emergency response program in the state. The council adopted a resolution to sign on to the mutual aid agreement at their January 18 meeting.

There is no cost for the city ..... 
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Harmony continues discussion on buying local

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government



There was much discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting regarding a purchasing policy for the city. After a visit from Kerry Kingsley last month regarding buying locally, the council approved a new policy that outlines what the council ..... 
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January Canton City Council

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on January 5, 2011, with the following present: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. One guest was also present: Barb Kerns. The fi ..... 
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Former Chatfield School Superintendent takes Mayor's Oath

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

City Clerk Joel Young administered the oath of office to Mayor Don Hainlen at the Chatfield City Council's January 10 meeting. All other councilor's took the oath of office including new councilor Russ Smith who has served on the council in the past ..... 
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