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Winona Health clinic to stay in Rushford


Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Winona Health will continue its clinic operation in Rushford, according to Brad Lenertz, Winona Physicians Clinics Administrator.

Lenertz spoke at the July 14 regular meeting at the Rushford city council, answering a question that had been floating around the community in recent months.

Not only does Winona Health have "every intention" of providing service in a new location-the former Rushford Hardware building--but Lenerz says that's been the organization's intention all along.

The clinic's downtown office was destroyed by last August's flood, but they've provided nonstop service ever since, first operating out of the urgent care facility in Winona, and then in a temporary location at the JMW building in Rushford.

The flood and its aftermath revealed some issues in the city's relationship with the clinic, including an expired lease on the old building. Since then, communication has occasionally come to a standstill as both sides dealt with paperwork, proof of insurance, and the time-table for repairing the basics in the old clinic location.

Speculation as to whether Winona Health was interested in continuing service in Rushford led to a citizen attending a council meeting earlier in the year to ask the council to consider talking to other health organizations.

On the other side, some citizens in support of Winona Health have openly accused the city staff of falling short in their professional dealings with Winona Health.

Lenerz's comments have put a lot of speculation to rest. But council members still had questions for him.

In light of recently announced departures of caregivers from the Rushford Clinic, council woman Nancy Benson asked Lenerz whether Rushford citizens would have the opportunity for continuous care by the same physician, as they have in the past.

Lenerz said he couldn't promise anything, adding that Winona Health will continue to try to recruit personnel for the Rushford clinic, but that "there are no guarantees."

Lenerz also pointed out that physicians from Winona have been providing relief coverage in Rushford, and that more resources (relief personnel) would be added in September.

Mayor Les Ladwig asked whether the organization had done any kind of profitability study, given what he called a "trail of patients heading out of town," as the result of both the flood and the departure of key personnel.

Lenerz commented that Winon .....
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Preston Council concerned over Forestville Bridge closure

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Mayor Kurt Reicks raised the issue of the bridge closure to vehicle traffic on county road 118 at Forestville State Park at the July 7 Preston City Council meeting. Robert Sauer was absent.

Reicks explained that the bridge sustaine ..... 
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Budget cuts impact role of public defenders

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Judge Robert Benson discussed the state cut back of funding for the Public Defender Office with the Fillmore County Board at their July 8 meeting. Benson explained that public defenders will no longer provide service for parents with Child ..... 
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Harmony looks into lift station problems

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Harmony residents have some concerns about what is going on with the north lift station that seemed to be the cause of the sewer issues during the heavy rains on June 7-8. During that storm Harmony received more than eight inches of rain, and many p ..... 
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Lanesboro Museum asks city for help

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Speaking for the Lanesboro Historical Museum in Lanesboro, Jim Ostrem approached the city council with a request at the regular meeting July 7.

First, Ostrem invited the council to come to the museum for a free guided tour so th ..... 
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Septic system inspection required before sale

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed with the county board the enforcement of the Point of Sale Ordinance at the board's July 1 meeting. He noted that the ordinance has been on the books for about a year. It says that "before a pers ..... 
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Spring Valley proceeds with flood buyout

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council held a special meeting on Monday, June 30, 2008, to discuss issues regarding violations of the junk ordinance and buyout of flood plain property.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer told the council t ..... 
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Harmony Administrator updates council on flood matters

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The day of the Harmony City Council meeting on June 24, City Administrator Jerome Illg met with Senator Sharon Ropes to talk about water damage in the community due to recent flooding. They toured some of the homes that have had damage due to floodi ..... 
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Spring Valley keeps Parking Ordinance

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held a Public Hearing at their June 23rd meeting on Monday and encouraged people to come forward that had concerns about the current Parking Ordinance. That ordinance restricts parking on Broadway in the business distr ..... 
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