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AgStar Fund announces nearly $100,000 in grants to emergency services teams in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin


Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently announced $99,919 in grants through their Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant Program. This program awards grants up to $2,500 towards funding equipment for volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance squads in AgStar's 69 county service area. Due to the great need and large volume of applications, for the second consecutive year, the AgStar Fund has doubled the budget for this program from $50,000 to $100,000. They distributed over $101,000 in EMS grants in 2010. Since the Fund's inception in 2001, AgStar has awarded nearly $340,000 to fire departments, ambulance teams and rescue squads in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

According to John Monson, Chair of AgStar's Fund Board of Trustees, "Rural communities are being asked to do more with less, even when it comes to emergency services. Many deserving volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance departments are struggling; often making due with outdated communications equipment and gear that compromises the safety of their crews. That's why we at AgStar felt compelled to do more. This is just our way of thanking and supporting the people who serve and protect all of us who live and work in rural communities."

The Minnesota departments receiving grants this year include: Alpha Fire Department, Bigelow Fire Department, Chain of Lakes Fire & Rescue District, Chatfield Fire Department, City of Westbrook, Clarks Grove Fire Department, Deer Park Area Fire Department, Embarrass Region Volunteer Fire Department, Good Thunder Fire Department, Goodhue Fire & Rescue, Grand Meadow Fire & Rescue, Hills Fire Department, Hollandale Fire Department, Kiester Ambulance, Lewisville Volunteer Fire Fighting Co., Madelia Fire Department, Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department, Mazeppa Fire Department, McGregor Area First Responders, Montrose Fire Department, Nerstrand Volunteer Fire Department, New Richland Fire Department, Nicollet Rural Fire Department, Ormsby Fire and Rescue, Orr Volunteer Fire Department, Pequot Lakes Fire Department, Pine EMS, Preston Fire Department, Randall Fire Department, Ross Lake First Responders, Scandia Valley First Response, Spring Valley Fire Department, Upsala First Response, Walters Volunteer Fire/First Responders, Willow River Fire and EMS, Wilson Volunteer Fire Department, Wykoff Fire Department. The Wisconsin departments receiving grants this year are: Boyd-Edson-Delmar Fire Department, Dallas Sio .....
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Shoo away the flu!

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Influenza is a disease that causes fever, cough, sore throat, headache, tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches. These symptoms can be severe and last for several days. People most at risk for becoming ill from flu are people over age 65, young c ..... 
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Mabel Blood Drive

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Mabel Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, October 13th from 2:00 - 7:00 pm at the Mabel American Legion (114 N. Main Street). For appointments or additional information, contact Bev at 493-5284. Sixteen-year-olds are eligible to donate w ..... 
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Harmony Bloodmobile collects 66 units

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on September 27, 2011, succeeded in collecting 66 units of blood. There were 61 donors that presented with two first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones:

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Drive-Thru Vaccination Exercise

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

You are invited to view Fillmore County Public Health's Drive-Thru Vaccination Exercise, which will take place on Monday, September 19, 2011, from 5:15 to 6:45 PM, rain or shine, at 902 Houston Street North, Preston, MN.

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Don't let the flu bother you!

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The best ways to prevent flu are to wash your hands often and get an influenza vaccination. Flu vaccinations are recommended every year regardless of the flu strains placed in the vaccine. Getting a vaccination each year refreshes your body's abilit ..... 
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Medicare steps up enforcement of equal visitation and representation rights in hospitals

Wed, Sep 7th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Rules finalized last year empower patients to designate their own visitors, including same-sex partners.

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new guidance to support enforcement of rules that protect hospital pati ..... 
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Health officials investigate two cases of measles in Dakota County infants

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Importance of vaccination for those traveling to other countries stressed

The Minnesota Department of Health is working closely with Dakota County Public Health and area health care providers in investigating two cases of measles in yo ..... 
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