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County hears medical examiner annual report


Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Dr. R. Ross Reichard, Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner, reviewed services provided to Fillmore County in 2013 at the county board’s August 5 meeting. Reichard and his staff investigate “sudden, violent, unexpected, and suspicious deaths” that have been reported to them.

Reichard explained it is their job to determine the manner of death of those deaths reported to the medical examiner’s office. The medical examiner (ME) determines if the death was of a natural cause or the result of a homicide, suicide, or an accident. The ME certifies death after investigation and postmortem examination and then issues the death certificate as required by law.

The regional ME’s office provides services for Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, and Olmsted Counties.

Most deaths reported to the ME do not undergo a complete autopsy. Last year 107 deaths in Fillmore County were reported to the ME, only eight cases required a complete autopsy. Not all deaths are reported to the ME, for example, deaths attended by a physician or a licensed hospice program may not be reported.

Of the 107 reported deaths, 98 were determined to have resulted from natural causes. There was 1 homicide, 2 suicides, 5 accidents, and 1 undetermined. The greatest number of natural deaths are the result of heart disease. A fall lead to the most deaths that resulted from unnatural causes.

Reichard noted that the data was relatively stable with the prior year. Sheriff Daryl Jensen commented that he was very pleased with the services of Dr. Reichard and his staff, adding they had a good relationship. County Attorney Brett Corson said he supported the Sheriff’s statement, noting that Reichard was very helpful on a case he was working on.

Other Business In Brief

•A public hearing was authorized for the purpose of considering adoption of a half cent Local Option Sales Tax. The hearing will be held August 26 at 10 a.m. in the county board room. County Engineer Ron Gregg will review a capital plan of proposed road projects at the hearing.

•The low bid (of two) was accepted from Minnowa Construction in the amount of $399,413 for a Sumner Township bridge replacement. The engineer’s estimate had been $409,419.

•A public hearing was held on the Greenleafton Wastewater Ordinance. There was no comment from the public specifically on the ordinance. The ordinance was .....
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Preston works through property issues

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Numerous items on the August 4 Preston City Council agenda involved property issues. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Lot 1 (2.14 acres) of the Northwest Industrial Park is expected to be purchased by Rockny Moger, Bluff Country Manufacturing ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses budget

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd presented the council with a preliminary budget for 2015 at their meeting on August 4. He figured out what they spent to date and estimated that if things stay the same the rest of the year, there will be a 2. ..... 
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Rushford Village updates sticky ordinances, policies

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council discussed the need for modification to existing policies and ordinances at the Tuesday, August 5 meeting. Spurred by questions from Public Works/Maintenance Director Bob Thieret, City Clerk Kristina Mart suggested the ci ..... 
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Spring Valley makes an offer for ambulance director

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council is in the process of hiring a new ambulance director. Since Jim Cooper announced in April that he was going to retire on August 15 the council has been working on finding a replacement. After the advertising phase for ..... 
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Rushford considers managed hunting within city limits

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The issue of deer population control in Rushford has once again been brought to the forefront of council discussions. The council had reviewed options in 2012 and 2013 due to the damage inflicted on vegetation and hazards to traffic. In 2013, the co ..... 
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Preston wraps up details for North Industrial Park

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council worked through an unusually long agenda at their July 21 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. A public hearing was held related to the proposed utility improvements for the North Industrial Park. Brett Grabau, St ..... 
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County to consider local option sales tax

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Government

County Engineer Ron Gregg reviewed an eight-year capital improvement plan for county roads at the board’s July 22 meeting. The plan has to be in place, detailing specific improvement projects, before funds can be generated by a Local Option Sales ..... 
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