Tricounty News

St. Cloud Hospital nationally recognized

With quality achievement award for stroke care

St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines -Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. St. Cloud Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.


Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid awarded funds

Older Americans Act funds to provide legal services for seniors in Stearns County

The St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid has received a grant of Older American Act funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging to provide legal services for seniors residing in Stearns County. The funds will be used to provide legal advice, counseling and representation in court and administrative hearings. There is no cost for these services.

If you are 60 years or older, and reside in Stearns County, you can get help with legal problems involving Medicare, Social Security, eviction or other housing problems, public benefits, such as medical assistance, food support and fuel assistance, family law issues, including domestic abuse and income maintenance, nursing home problems, home-care services, powers of attorney, health care directives, and debt collection. No help is provided for criminal matters, wills, estate planning, or real estate transactions.


Hilltop Health Care Center celebrates volunteers

Dozens of volunteers help at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins, in a variety of ways. Whether it’s playing Bingo or cards, participating in worship services, or painting fingernails, each volunteer brings something extra to the lives of residents at Hilltop. They were celebrated Tuesday afternoon, April 8, at Wally’s Café in Watkins. After a delicious chicken lunch, Sue Schneider led the volunteers in sharing their favorite memories of Hilltop. Then co-owner Fred Struzyk showed plans for the new addition to Hilltop. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.


Meeker’s 79th Annual Meeting hits a ‘Home Run’

Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association welcomed 750 members and guests to its 79th Annual Meeting in Litchfield Monday, April 7. The Co-op used a baseball theme to celebrate its “All-Star Team” of members, employees and board of directors. CEO/General Manager Tim Mergen shared results from the 2013 Member Satisfaction Survey, highlighting our high satisfaction scores in the area of electric price stability and competitiveness, as well as system maintenance and timely outage response and restoration. “These high scores are more remarkable because we’ve had large outages from storms the past three summers,” he said.


Kimball Expo winners

At the 2014 Kimball Business and Community Expo Saturday, April 5, many of the exhibitors held drawings for a wide variety of prizes. Some of that information was turned in to the Tri-County News for publication.

Lorraine Rose won a portable gas grill from Marlon Koistinen at Your Home Repairs. Bonnie Hoglund, Mike Zieska, and Dawn Kuechle each won a furnace cleaning and service by Your Home Repairs.

Darwin Deuermeyer won the patio set from Thomes Insurance Group.

The Kimball Area Historical Society gave several prizes: Judith Lusti won a Historical Society cookbook, Shannon Dahl won a commemorative history book, Loretta Hokkala won commemorative note cards, Michael Brower won a commemorative trivet, Mary Jonas won commemorative coffee mugs, and David Peterson won a centennial county history map.

The Tri-County News drew three winners of one-year subscriptions: DuWayne Orbeck, Shannon Dahl, and Shelly Lauermann.

Congratulations to all. And “thanks” to everyone who turned out to make the day wonderful.