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Rushford looks at ambulance service needs


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

While Rushford has a strong, viable ambulance service, other communities are not as fortunate and their need may prompt changes to the service’s coverage area. The state sets the coverage boundaries for municipal services and a lack of rural service in the area, as well as needs expressed by at least two other local municipalities, might expand Rushford’s demand.

“We are blessed and happy with service we have,” noted Mayor Chris Hallum. “I think it’s best to be proactive about it rather than having it thrust on us.”

Rushford’s ambulance service is comprised of 21 trained volunteer EMTs, as well as three additional first responders, and has long been a reliable presence in the community. They currently serve the communities of Rushford, Rushford Village, Peterson, and several outlying townships.

One of the issues forcing this demand is the lack of volunteers in rural communities. “The requirements for being a volunteer just keep going up,” says Sarvi. “It’s a lot to ask. We’re blessed to have the strong group of people that we have.”

Unfortunately for Rushford, it too has hit a bump in the road. Current service director Julie Scudiero has tendered her resignation of the position to pursue other employment. She has held the position since January 1, 2000. Scudiero’s began her new job February 4 with Mayo Health Systems, Franciscan Healthcare at the LaCrescent Clinic. In addition to the 20 hours a week there, Scudiero will continue to be employed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Services in Rushford. “I’d like to continue being a volunteer for the ambulance when time allows. After 34 years of being an EMT, it’s been a big part of who I am,” she enthuses.

“I’d like to remind the community how very blessed they are to have the wonderfully dedicated ambulance and fire departments” she continues. “While other rural communities struggle, Rushford Community Ambulance volunteers will be there to care for the emergency needs of the community by caring for sick and injured people, teaching CPR/AED, First Aid classes, First Responder or EMT classes. All the EMTs and EMRs are highly trained volunteers who will carry on providing what is needed in the community.”

Scudiero credits others within the community for both her success and the exemplary ambulance service. “My mentors have taught me so much. Dr. Peterson, our medical director, Anne Rober .....
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Elizabeth Colwell

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Elizabeth Ann Colwell, 80, of Rushford, Minn. died on Monday, February 11, 2013, at Winona Health in Winona, Minn. Elizabeth was born on June 16, 1932, in Saratoga, Iowa to Clifford and Phyllis (Louvar) Miles. She was raised in Saratoga. After high ..... 
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Rushford opens up discussion on Highway 43 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The state has slated 2014 for a major overhaul of Highway 43 running through the heart of Rushford. According to WHKS project engineer Tim Hruska, the cooperative effort between the city and MNDoT must be done due to rapidly aging water and utility ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Jackson William

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Ryan Grover and Katrina Johnson of Edina, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son Jackson William. Jackson was born January 30, 2013. Grandparents are Delaine Schendel of Isanti, Minn., Todd Johnson of Anoka, Minn., and Bill and Judi G ..... 
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Letter about liberal brilliance

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Here are a few gems highlighting liberal brilliance. “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” -Nancy Pelosi “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go?” -Barack Obama “Thank God, I ..... 
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R-P board takes a look forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Just six weeks past a rejected referendum for a new $15 million, early childhood through grade 5 facility, the R-P board once again took an in-depth look at what can be done with the district’s aging facilities. With four new members on the board, ..... 
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Letter about R-P School Board

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P School Board To the Editor, December was my last Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting, after serving one four-year term. Neither I nor my family is RP alumni, since we have lived here only 13 years. With this background, I was s ..... 
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Rushford grows Nanotechnology

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

In 2002, Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology put the city on the map with the growing technology. Now, Rushford NanoElectroChemistry, an independent company, has garnered further attention and hopefully given rural technology development a boost. ..... 
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How does the Southern Football Alliance impact R-P?

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Sports

High School Football in the southeastern corner of the state of Minnesota will have a new scheduling format beginning this fall. The twenty five schools that make up the TRC (Three Rivers Conference) and the HVL (Hiawatha Valley League) have combine ..... 
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