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Lanesboro City Council hears ambulance staffing dilemma


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro Ambulance Director Dave Haugan addressed the Lanesboro City Council on Monday, December 3 at the city’s regular monthly meeting. Haugan and many current ambulance crew members were present to express great concern with the future of the city’s ambulance service. As of March 2013 the ambulance crew will be down to nine EMTs, a number that does not allow for adequate coverage to serve the community. The decline in crew membership is due to retirements and resignations from the squad of volunteers. Haugan explained that with the lack of volunteers, an ambulance service is likely unsustainable.

Colleen Lamon also spoke to the council, sharing that other towns are going through similar staffing challenges. If a lack of volunteers persists, the EMT service may be suspended, and the crew may only serve as a first responder squad. This means that the squad would respond to emergency calls, but would not be allowed to transport those seeking medical attention. A victim would also need to wait for a neighboring EMT team for transport. Lamon said that it would be nice to have a minimum of 20 people on the Lanesboro ambulance team to keep an EMT status and keep quick response times.

Training for EMT status is near 160 hours and there are additional hours for refresher courses every couple of years. Mayor Steve Rahn commented on the complexity for volunteers putting in this many hours saying it is a problem. Rahn suggested a meeting with Senator Jeremy Miller and Representative Greg Davids to address such high requirements.

For now, the Lanesboro ambulance crew has changed the structure of its leadership to function more efficiently with its lack of members. Instead of having squad leaders, the new structure will consist of a director and assistant director. The director position will be filled by Dave Haugan while the assistant director position has yet to be filled. Also, a letter will soon be published in local papers detailing the situation. For interested prospective ambulance volunteers, a meeting will be held January 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

2013 Budget—

Truth in Taxation

Another important issue brought up at the meeting was the proposed 2013 budget. The proposed budget included a four percent levy increase from $435,306 to $452,700—a proposed increase of $17,394. The public had the opportunity to express input because the annual Truth in Taxation hearing took .....
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2012 Holiday Inn Tour in Lanesboro

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Although the citizens of Fillmore County are awaiting a couple of inches of snow to get them into the holiday spirit, the bed and breakfast owners and inn keepers in Lanesboro kicked off the festive season with the annual Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tou ..... 
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Letter about frac mining

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

Letter about frac mining To the Editor, To the handful of big land owners and county officials who will win the frac sand lottery, congratulations. Many more residents of Fillmore County fear the risks frac sand mining poses to our property values ..... 
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In the service - Patrick A. Johnson

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Patrick A. Johnson Navy Seaman Patrick A. Johnson, son of Meg Johnson of Mesa, AZ (recently relocated from Lanesboro) and Doug Johnson of Preston, and also grandson of Marilyn Soland of Lanesboro, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Train ..... 
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Not your ordinary Joe

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Barb Jeffers A large benefit was held on Saturday, November 17, 2012, for Joe Rodgers from Lanesboro, Minn. with many activities that occurred throughout the day to benefit Joe and his wife Sue. Joe, who was employed by the City of Lanesboro u ..... 
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RIchard Thompson

Mon, Nov 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Richard Verdayne Thompson, 81, of Lanesboro, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the Harmony Community Health Care Center. Richard was born June 28, 1931, to Charley A. Thompson and Elfrieda (Olness) Thompson. He was baptized at Union Prairie Lutheran ..... 
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Letter about Thanksgiving

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

Letter about Thanksgiving To the Editor, Thanksgiving prayer. It’s a powerful tool we can bring to heal the fractious bickering that threatens to break our nation apart. Not the kind of prayer that pleads for “my” side to win. Not the reques ..... 
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Lanesboro Christmas Inn tour

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Lanesboro, Minnesota welcome you Sunday, December 2, to our Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour. Join us for an afternoon of celebration and tour the Bed and Breakfast Inns that have made Lanesboro the Bed and Breakfast Capit ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents A Christmas Carol

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents its own distinctive telling of the classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol, November 23 – December 23 with previews beginning on November 16. Commonweal’s imaginative take on this classi ..... 
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