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Fillmore County Public Health services reviewed


Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Lantha Stevens, director of Nursing, gave a presentation on essential services and areas of responsibility for Public Health at the county board’s December 22 meeting. Stevens will retire as of December 31, 2015. This was her last time addressing the commissioners. She thanked the board for approving, a few months ago, an early retirement incentive which has made her retirement before reaching age 65 doable.

Because a replacement for Stevens will not be found before she retires, the board appointed co-interim Directors of Nursing, Paula Melver, RN and Julie Loven, PHN. They will share the director’s responsibilities as they both have full time jobs.

Public Health assures an adequate public health infrastructure. With the help of a variety of grants, public health promotes healthy communities and healthy behavior. They work to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and administer immunizations. Over 700 students in Fillmore County schools received free influenza vaccine in 2015. They provide free radon kits, 319 in 2015. Public Health prepares for disasters and assists communities in recovery. Public Health assures accessibility of health services, including home care services and waiver services.

School nursing has been provided to Fillmore Central, Rushford-Peterson, Kingsland, Chatfield, and Lanesboro schools.

Public Health promotes healthy life styles through performance, prevention, promotion, and protection.

Sheriffs’ Association

Meritorious Service Medal

Sheriff Tom Kaase said each year Minnesota sheriffs submit names for possible awards. This year he submitted two names from the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department. He expressed his pride in both men.

Kaase nominated Captain John DeGeorge for the Meritorious Service Medal for investigating and finally bringing closure to a 79-year-old cold case. In 1936, brothers Knute and Sever Olson were murdered in rural Fillmore County. The case had then been investigated by both the sheriff’s office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but remained unsolved until the investigative efforts of DeGeorge. The Fillmore County attorney made a determination as a result of DeGeorge’s investigation that there would be probable cause to charge a person named Elmer Erickson for the murders if he were alive today.

DeGeorge was presented the Meritorious Service Medal at t .....
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Did you know?

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Exercise is a great way to maintain a healthy mind and body. Many people begin a new year by making resolutions to lose weight or build muscle. Too often, however, men and women get stuck in an exercise rut, following the same exercise routine week ..... 
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Shoo the Flu!

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is a final opportunity for flu vaccinations on Tuesday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fillmore County Office Building - Room 108, 902 Houston Street NW, Preston, Minn. Injectable vaccine is available for ..... 
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Mabel Clinic offering flu shot clinic on November 4

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

As a lifelong community health care partner, Mabel Clinic and Winneshiek Medial Center are dedicated to building strong communities through health and wellness. To make it easier for you and your loved ones to put your well-being first, Mabel Clinic ..... 
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Gundersen to offer flu shots beginning Oct. 19

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 36,000 flu-related deaths occur each year in the United States. During the 2014-2015 flu season, 145 of those flu-related deaths were children. To help reduce the risk of getti ..... 
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Red Cross blood donation opportunities

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others needing blood products. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second ..... 
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Hold the gravy, grab your shoes

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

On Thursday, November 26, 2015, the Unofficial Fillmore County Running Club will be hosting the 7th annual Fillmore County Turkey Day Run. This run/walk event starts at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day morning, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. ..... 
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Flu shots and mist available

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months obtain a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it offered. This is especially true for people who care for children under age six months and people ..... 
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Red Cross asks for most needed blood types

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

During Liver Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support liver transplant patients and others needing blood products. Liver transplants are the second most common type of ..... 
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