Tricounty News

Meeker Memorial Hospital begins visitor restrictions

Meeker Memorial Hospital will implement visitor restrictions Tuesday, Jan. 21. Because of the prevalence of influenza (FLU) already this season and to further protect patients, staff and the community from its spread, it has been decided to implement visitor restrictions at MMH; the following are in effect until further notice:

• It is recommended that no children visit hospital patients.

• Birth Center: No one under 18 is allowed to visit at this time, with the exception of siblings.

• For anyone with symptoms like scratchy throat, fever, cough, body aches, etc., a mask is required to visit patients.


Kimball Golf Club new superintendent

Saturday, Jan. 18, is the day to Meet and Greet the new Kimball Golf Club superintendent, Dave Deem. In Watkins, from 1-3 p.m. at the Red Goat, and in Kimball, from 4-6 p.m. at the Kimball Triple R. This is an opportunity to get acquainted, ask questions, and enjoy the company of fellow golfers.


PACT for families receives grant

PACT (Putting All Communities Together) for Families has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant for $130,000 to work with partner agencies over the next two years on truancy reduction in its five counties: Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville and Yellow Medicine. Involving truant youth and their parents, this project will identify their barriers and need for support to remain consistently engaged in school. Using a Collective Impact Framework with education staff and service providers, this grant will support counties in re-designing services and testing out strategies for positive, sustainable solutions to truancy.

“We are excited to be chosen in the first round of grants for community innovation from the Bush Foundation,” stated Director of PACT, Debb Sheehan.


Powder Ridge presents New Years Eve

Spend this New Years Eve at Powder Ridge in Kimball. It’s a great event you won’t want to miss – bring your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, even strangers. There will be special NYE rates for tickets and rentals after 4 p.m. Come out to Powder Ridge at Kimball, Minn., to ski and snowboard until 11 p.m. Then, enjoy fireworks and a torchlight parade at 11:15.

With many special kids events planned throughout the night, NYE at “The Ridge” is an event you won’t want to miss!

Visit Chester’s Bar and Grill and enjoy their New Year’s Eve Spaghetti Meal Special for $8.95, serving 5-9 p.m., and also their new menu of delicious foods. Drink specials begin at 8 p.m.

Come to Powder Ridge and spend your New Years Eve doing something you’ll remember and talk about the rest of the year.

True Strides begins indoor riding arena

True Friends’ new therapeutic riding program, True Strides, broke ground for a new indoor riding arena Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Camp Courage near Maple Lake.

Responsible for the construction is Morton Buildings. With more than 12,000 square feet, the new arena will include a five-stall barn, tack room, climate-controlled viewing gallery that can also be used as a classroom for riders.

The projected completion date is set for summer 2014. True Friends and True Strides would like to thank all the donors and volunteers who have made the beginning of this program and project possible.

True Friends, a nonprofit, privately-funded agency, enriches the lives of nearly 4,000 people with developmental or physical disabilities and special needs annually. Camp locations include Camp Friendship near Annandale, Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie, Camp New Hope near McGregor, Camp Courage near Maple Lake, and Camp Courage North near Lake George. For more information visit, or call (952) 852-0101.

Extensive research was done prior to planning the project. Alia Mortensen, program director of True Strides communicated with various professionals in the therapeutic riding field and others in the disability community to gather their expert opinions on everything from preferred arena dimensions to proper lighting to meet sensory needs in the classroom.

“An indoor riding arena gives us the opportunity to provide programming year round. The space lets us continue to work with and train our equine staff through the long winter months,” Mortensen said.