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Ortonville "Town with a heart" ! ,3ection-14 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Jan. 6, 997 Volume 79; Number 49 TOSHIBA r 8 ) I (,DIOLOGY STAFF at St. Bernard's Hospital is preparing a patient for the hospital's new permanent CT The patient's table, similar to an X-ray table, moves into the CT gentry. Staff members pictured are om left) Denise Muldoon, department head, Rhonda Engebretson and Lori Vissers, all of whom are certi- radiologic technologists.  Photo courtesy Grant County Review Bernard's Hospital adds new permanent CT scanner Courtesy of Grant Co Review tt St. Bernard's Hospital...where lUaty care is close to home." that's how the lyrics go, often cd on radio airwaves or seen in i ,11 newspaper advertisements. B:_:t goes much further than that. St. Bernard's Hospital, continually !erfecting its mission of providing Itty care to the Milbank communi- L has added a new permanent CT "-,m to the hospital radiology depart- nt. Is The CT Scan, technically known . %naputerized axial tomography is I .taendous addition to St. Bernrl's i0_logy department. Prior to the lallnient of the CT Scan, a mobile .l Scan service came to the hospital a week. atients needing a CT X-ray need- a to schedule in advance, working rOUnd their schedules and, if it was a emergency case, they were sent Where else, such as Watertown ' e!ecFl!c a'adffae:;nce nbti toW:7 (a . - y the type of picture it creates. In Ventional X-ray, the picture is a age of the specific area, such as Chest or a broken bone. ACT Scan ' the picture in "slices," said :lise Muldoon, radiology depart- ment'head at St. Bernard's. "These slices, like ham slices, can be one millimeter, two millimeters, five millimeters and I0 millimeters in size," Muldoon said. "\\;\::' :, ac, (l the bod may be examined. There's little dyer lap- ping of bone or muscle So/if is much clearer and more accural to read." "We can visualize individual verte- brae to detect fractures where, with conventional X-rays, you just see them stacked up on one another," Muldoon added. "With the CT Scan you can look right into the center of the vertebrae, give a more thorough and accurate diagnosis and decrease further problems as results of frac- tures." In the case of an emergency situation, having a CT Scan perma- nently located at St. Bernard's means a much more immediate diagnosis and treatment that can be the difference between life or death. "We can detect a stroke caused by a bleed within four to six hours and treatment may be started immediate- ly," Muldoon said. The radiology department staff at St. Bernard's underwent specialized training to operate and work with the CT Scan. The first session of training was conducted at an off-site training facility with similar equipment. The second session was on-site with a CT specialist from Toshiba, the company where the CT Scan was pur- chased. In addition, Loft Vissers and Rhonda Engebretson, radiologic tech- nician at St. Bernard's, have had pre- vious CT training and experience. / During the process of having a CT Scan done, the patient lies on a table similar to an X-ray table. The table itself moves into the CT gentry (enclosed area where the X ray pic- tures are taken) and "rather than the tube staying stationary over the patient it rotates around the patient," Muldoon said. Images are relayed to a computer screen where they are enhanced by technologist to best show pathology, Muldoon said. A hard copy of the film/picture may be created from the computer if need be, she added. The CT Scan initially was installed at St. Bernard's Hospital Oct. 22 as part of the hospital's new building addition project. During the month of November a variety of CT Scans were carried out. Additional work is being done to enable the CT Scan computer system to transmit images directly to the radiologist at the Prairie Lakes Hospital radiology department in Watertown for immediate interpreta- tion. Regional survey results help Shape welfare reform strategies lrlth all the news these days of t.'e reform, and what is happen- snn the state and nation with the , laws, do you ever wonder what ill mean for us locally? How face of welfare in Region 6W with the rest of the state? gh we know a great deal about ', poverty, much less has been -'a about the oroblems of rural erty. Significant research still i " to be done to learn how they ;erl Survey results that are avail- . from the Southwest Minnesota ,ate Industry Council (PIC) may t to provide some answers. 00arrmann in lnrview00_ Hospital nrad Herrmann of Ortonville is 'Verin from sur er and doin t11 tt "- .g g y g t,. earview Southdale Hospital. k, 0 address is Conrad Herrmann,  ICU 10, c/o Fairview -tlil,/. e Hosoital, 6401 France Ave i "a, MN 5"5435. gers needed for ter Cantata  Easter Cantata is in need of Lted singers. %e. to our first practice Sunday, ). at 7:30 p.m. at the Zion st Church in Bellingham. dl u,Cantata is directed by Pastor lOolverton Come join in the "' SOng. ' In August and September, working with the Regional Welfare-to-Work Partnership and a planning grant from The McKnight Foundation, they con- ducted two surveys in Region 6W. The goal of the surveys was to find out in more detail what specific barri- ers welfare recipients who are enter- ing the work force will face, and what the needs are of the local employers who could hire them. These surveys helped shape the welfare-to-work strategies recently funded by The McKnight Foundation. They administered the first sur- vey to all families receiving welfare in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac'qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties. Of the 234 surveys sent, 161 were returned, for an outstanding response rate of 69 percent. Much of the information gathered from the sur- veys confirmed what service providers already know about the bar- riers facing welfare families as they make the transition to employment: that transportation and child care will be critical issues. However, the sur- vey responses made it more tangible, and put some real figures on what were formerly only assumptions. For example, they know that transporta- tion is an issue - how much of an issue? In the survey, just over two thirds of the respondents said that they owned a car. Of those vehicles, less than 10 percent are model year 1991 or newer. Almost 50 percent were model year 1985 or older. (The model year of the car driven is one measure of the reliability of the vehicle.) The second survey was sent to all employers in the same five counties. The response rate for that survey was also excellent, with 33 percent of the employers returning the surveys. The intent of the employer survey was to find out the needs of area employers who could be hiring those making the transition from welfare to work. As with the first survey, although much of the data confirmed what is already assumed about area businesses, the responses are unique to Region 6W. Most labor market surveys cluster this region with other, less rural areas, and the data is therefore diluted by the more populated areas. The survey asks many questions about current and projected employment needs, including projected new hires, starting wages for new employees, types of positions, etc. It also surveyed employers on the likelihood of their hiring those moving off welfare, and the types of benefits they offer that could help people make the transition from welfare to work. For more information about the surveys, or to request a copy of the results, contact Carol Dombek at the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, 320/269-5561 or 1-800-422- 1346. 0000/'ZONE Regional town meeting on flooding to be held in Appleton The Minnesota Regional, Long- Term Flood Response Team (RLTFRT) is holding a televised town meeting on January 15 to discuss the future of flooding in the upper Minnesota River basin. The meeting is being held at the Old Opera House in Appleton and will be televised on Pioneer Public TV, KWCM channel 10, starting at 8 p.m. and running until .10 p.m. During the first hour of the meeting, each of four xpert flood forecasters and hydrologists from the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service, ihe U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Minnesota will give a 15 minute presentation, and the second hour will be for questions from the studio audience and viewers at home. Mark Seeley, extension climatologist at the University of Minnesota, will give a presentation on climate cycles and change, El Nifio, and global warming. Dave Lorenz, hydrologist from the U.S. Geological Survey, will be on hand to discuss physical characteristics of streams and basins as related to techniques for estimating the magnitude and frequency of floods in Minnesota. Kenton Spading, hydrologic engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will talk about reservoir function and water control. Gary McDevitt, service hydrologist at the National Weather Service Chanhassen forecast office, will discuss the role of the National Weather Service and current flood forecast methodology. Steven Hansen, Executive Director of the Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers Board, will be the host of the televised town meeting. The broadcast is being co sponsored by Pioneer Public TV, the Regional Long term Flood Response "ream, the Minnesota River Extension Cluster, the Upper Minnesota Watershed District, the Minnesota River Source Joint Powers Board, Citizens for Big Stone Lake, Lac qui Parle Prairie Preservation, CURE and the Land Stewardship Project. Funding for the event is being provided by Lutheran Brotherhood and the Southwest Minnesota Foundation. For more information, call Patrick Moore, convener of the Regional Long Term Flood Response Team at (320) 269-2105. Only 48 seats are available for the live'studio audience, and coordinators ask, if you want to attend, you must let them know in advance by filling out and returning a form to Pioneer Four arrested for underage drinking The Ortonville Police received a call on Dec. 31, 1997, at about 10 p.m. that some Milbank, SD, juveniles were having a party and drinking at Ortonville's EconoLodge. An officer went to the EconoLodge and found minors in the halls with beer. He found the room in question, and made four arrests. Arrested were three juveniles for minor consumption and one adult. Ortonville Police Chief Gary Dinnel said he is happy a citizen is concerned about underage drinking, and he encourages people to call the station if they see a crime being committed. Public TV. Forms are available at the Ortonville Independent. Encouraged to attend are city and county disaster and flood mitigation planners, county commissioners and city councilmembers, and the general public in the upper Minneaota River Basin. NEW YEAR's BABY. There was no waiting for Ortonville Hospital's New Year's baby this year, as Michael Matthew Miller was born on January 2 at 3:30 p.m. to Matt and Mary Miller of Milbank, SD. The New Year's bundle weighed 8 pounds, 7 1/4 ounces and measured 20 inch- es. Michael has one sibling, Meagan, who is two years old. Bloodmobile here this week A reminder goes to all Big Stone County residents that the bloodmobile is here this week. Requirements for donating blood are that the donor needs to be 17 years old (there is no upper limit), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good health. If you meet these requirements, then you are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Get out to one of these locations this week: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998 from 1-7 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Parish Center in Graceville. Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998 from 1:30- 6:30 p.m. at the Clinton Memorial Building in Clinton. Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Beardsley School Gym in Beardsley. You can help save someone's life. Get out and give this week. I:N00N NINIE BIG STONE COUNTY was the recipient of the County of the Year Award from the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust, an organization that allows counties and related governmental entities to self insure workers' compensation and property casualty through a pooling arrangement. MOT was created by counties in the 1..98(Ys as an alternative to traditional insurance. Eighty-three counties in Minnesota, and 150 related organizations participate in MCIT. This year Bag Stone County received $49,991 dividend from the MOT, as well as being named County of the Year. Big5tone County Commissioners believe real progress is being made toward reducing the cost of claims.through this alliance; this is a direct savings to the taxpayers. Accepting the award from Glen Johnson, MCIT, is Commissioner Elwood Throndrud, front row; Commissioners Alvin Maas, Jeanne Krueger, Dave Torgerson and Dick Lane are also pictured accepting the award. Big Stone County Auditor Judy Pattison has served on the nine member Board of Directors of the MCIT since being elected to the position in 1994.