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Transplant (Continued from page 1) "He had ascites fluid in August 2008." With his diagnosis, Roggenbuck was told by his doctor that he needed to get to the transplant center in Rochester right away. At Mayo Clinic, Roggenbuck began the extensive evaluation process to determine if he could receive a liver or not. i "Even if you need one bad, it does- n't mean you are eligible to get one," said Gloria. "They want you to be as healthy as possible to survive the operation." Early in the evaluation, Roggenbuck was told he couldn't get a transplant because his heart was "bad". Roggenbuck was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thick- ened muscle that operates the valve that controls oxygen to the heart. In October 2008, he had an alcohol ablation in his heart to solve issues preventing his transplant. "They shoot alcohol into the mus- cle. It gives you a heart attack and deadens the muscle," said Roggenbuck. "We would have had to do open heart surgery but couldn't because of the ascites fluid," Gloria added. The alcohol ablation worked beau- tifully for Roggenbuck, as he saw a strong improvement in his health almost immediately. In April 2009, Roggenbuck needed another procedure to be eligible for a transplant, having to undergo sinus surgery to get rid of an infection. The evaluation process was com- plete in September 2010, but by that time, Roggenbuck's condition had worsened. "Alan was miserable," said Gloria. "(We were) kind of losing hope of get- ting better. Losing hope was a terrible place to go." Roggenbuck's body was filling with ascites fluid, needing it drained every two to three days. "They take about six liters off, feel pretty good for two days, but then it comes back," said Roggenbuck. He lived this way for months, until January came and Roggenbuck could live that way no more. A transplant was a must. "When he was transplanted, why he moved up the list is because his condition worsened," said Gloria. "If he wasn't transplanted, he wouldn't have gotten better." Roggenbuck's new liver went to work almost immediately, cleaning up the ascites fluid. Roggenbuck's weight dropped from 193 pounds in early January to 133 pounds one month after the transplant - 60 pounds of fluid processed and eliminated. "After the transplant, it was like a miracle," said Gloria. "Things really changed." Roggenbuck was discharged from the hospital Feb. 2, but unfortunately, had to go back in the next day for" emergency hernia surgery. "That hurt worse than the liver transplant," said Roggenbuck. "Less stitches, but it hurt." After Roggenbuck was home for a few weeks, he did need a pint of blood, but outside of that, he has been doing well. He has weekly blood tests done to check anti-rejection levels, kidney function, hemoglobin and INR (international normalized ratio), all of which have come back with positive results. Aside from his depleted immune system and weekly lab work, Roggenbuck's only other effect of the disease is a loss of muscle, which he says will take six to eight months to regain. Doctors have Roggenbuck on a 10-pound weight restriction. "One of the effects of a liver dis- ease is muscle loss," said Gloria. "The liver feeds protein to muscles." "He needs to build all his muscle back.., well, at 64 (years old), proba- bly doesn't need it all back," joked Gloria. As far as the donor goes, the Roggenbucks know a limited amount about the person who likely saved Alan's life. "Only know what the doc- tors told us and his approximate age and cause of death," said Roggenbuck of his donor who was in his 40s and died of a brain aneurysm. "Through the donor program, we can write a letter to family, but that is later on," said Gloria. The Roggenbucks added that Mayo Clinic handles any donor family con- tact, which is highly scrutinized and up to the donor family to initiate. Even if no contact can be made to the donor's family, the Roggenbucks are beyond grateful for the gift Alan received. "There are over 14,000 people out there who really need a liver, and only a possible 4,000 donors," Gloria said. "Sign donor cards and let your family know your wishes. Be a donor." A donor gave Roggenbuck the abil- ity to enjoy additional years of life with Gloria, their three children, Corina (Hanson), Patrick and Kaylen, and their families. One person, unknown by the man he saved, touched many lives. A benefit for Roggenbuck witl be held June 12 in Rosen at the Catholic Church School near the baseball field. iiii!iii!: FI Member sta T ank Open house baby Open house set shower set for Linda Hoeppner Please join us in celebrating an open house baby shower in honor of Linda (Hoffman) Hoeppner on Saturday, June 11, 2011 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Joseph school in Rosen. Baby Hoeppner is registered at Target. (ADV) Open house bridal shower for Sarah Johnson An open house bridal shower will be held for Sarah Johnson, bride-to-be of Ernie Skluzacek on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kevin and Lisa Johnson's cabin on Big Stone Lake, Meadowbrook. The couple is registered at Williams-Sonoma, and Target. Come join in the best wishes. (ADV) NDSU announces Spring Dean's List Area students were among the 2,902 North Dakota State University students to be placed on the spring 2011 Dean's List. A student must earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 class credits to qualify. Student named to the list include: Ortonville-Tiffany Giese, Exercise Science. Odessa-Rebecca Hillman, Natural Resources Management. Clinton-Chad GilleSpie, Construction Engineering; Kyrsten Karsky, Pharmacy; and Teresa Martig, Pharmacy. Chokio-Rachel Strobel, Public Relations and Advertising. Beardsley-Brittany Sykora, Pharmacy. Browns Valley-Kyla Gruby, Dietetics. Want name on Legion calendar? Call Karn Anyone who would like to change or add names or order birthday calen- dars from the American Legion Auxiliary should contact Lorrayne Karn at 839-2353. Anyone may have their name off the calendar. for Melissa Davis Congratulations to Melissa (Swihart) Davis for graduating with a RN Degree and for passing the MN State Board. There will be a party in her honor on Saturday, June 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 102 2nd St NW, Ortonville, half a block off of Main St. above Heritage Printing. (ADV) Open Monday through Friday until 4:00 PM and Thursday nights until 6:00 PM Tbe00A00oj" tbe g'betstone Big Stone City, South Dakota Wilmot, South Dakota Phone 605-862-7676 Fax 605-862-7677 www.firststatebanksd.com Independent Ads Get Noticed. (You're reading this one aren't you?) Area news digest MORRIS-Ryan Beyer, a senior catcher at Morris Area High School, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at M-State-Fergus Falls. As a junior,, Beyer hit .450 with 28 RBIs and four home runs. He was West Central Conference First Team All Conference and on the West Central Tribune All Area Team. Beyer will be coached by former Morris baseball player and graduate Jarrod Asmus. RENVILLE-RenviIle County West High School girls looking for their ideal prom dress had a chance to find one free of cost. Amanda Beckler, student teacher at RCW, along with the help of others, found 150 free prom dresses for RCW girls to use if they choose. The idea originated from Beckler's home town of Mapleton, IA, which was decimated by a tornado. Hundreds of prom dresses, new and used, were donated to the school so prom could go on. Of the 200 or so dresss donated to Mapleton, 150 were left over and passed on to RCW for girls to look through. Each girl had the opportunity to chose one dress if they wanted to. MONTEVIDEO-Passport services are no longer available in Chippewa County, as least for the time being. Federal mandate has forced Chippewa County to no longer offer passports in the recorder's office as of May 1 because they also offer birth certificates. The county has looked at other locations to offer passports, including the sheriff's office or the city of Montevideo, but new locations take six weeks or more to get licensed. Lac qui Parle County is in the same situation, with the environmental office now applying to offer passports in place of the recorder's office. APPLETON-Lac qui Parle Health Network, including Appleton Area Health Services, Madison Lutheran Home and Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson, has been npmed a national award winner of the 2011 American Medical Directors Association Foundation/Evercare Award. The LqP Health Network Pain Management Project was one of three projects nationally recognized by the American Medical Directors Association. The Evercare Award includes a $10,000 cash award for the LqP Health Network. The project was the result of a Department of Human Services (DHS) challenge three years ago to improve and provide quality care to nursing home residents. DHS was particularly looking for projects developed in cooperation with multiple sites. The Lac qui Parle Health Network (LQPHN), including i Appleton Area Health Services, Johnson Memorial Health Services and Madison Lutheran Home, accepted the DHS challenge. Ortonville News By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 Friday, May 27 Harold Gibson and Anna Rothi visited Ione Gibson in the Sisseton hospital. Monday, May 30 John and Anna Rothi and Harold Gibson were dinner guests at Darin and Dawn Gibson's of Beardsley. Mr. and Mrs. Roman Karels attended the graduation of their grandson on Sunday, May 29 in Perham. Brandon graduated with high honors. Also those who were in attendance were Mr. and Mrs. Harley Helgeson and Jason of Ortonville, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Karels of Odessa, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Vincent and son of White Bear Lake. Danae and Trease Schumacher of Watertown visited their grandparents Marlyn and Reva Schumacher. They came on Thursday, May 26 and stayed until the weekend. May 27 weekend visitors of Marlyn and Reva were Lauryn Schumacher and family of Fulda, Joel and Kacey Schumacher of Watertown, and John and Anna Nielsen and family of Hermantown. They all attended Stephanie Schumacher's graduation on Sunday and reception held at her home. Lydia and Isaac Nielsen remained at Marlyn and Reva Schumacher's and visited until Friday, June 3. Donald and Betty Beetem and Betty's sister Pat and Keith Plant of Rosholt, SD drove up to Hawley for Memorial Day. Laura and Matt Lamb and girls went to several high school gradution parties over the Memorial weekend. John and Dawn Schenk of St. Cloud came on Sunday, May 29 to visit her mother Palma Gutzman. Kevin and his wife Karen Quast, daughters Rachel and Noami, Kevin and Karen's granddaughter Aurdina of Waverly, IA, Kathleen Korth of Big Stone, and Kathleen's son Sheldon Korth of Milbank all came to visit Eleanora Quast. They all went out for dinner. After dinner they went up to Northridge to visit Kathleen and Kevin's dad Richard Quast. Jack and Elaine Gable went to Madison for Brooke Brown's high school graduation open house on Saturday, May 28. On Sunday, May 29 Jack and Elaine Gable attended Tiffany Parks' college graduation open house. Jerry and Karla Arne of Long Lake visited her mother Jeanne Berg from Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28. They helped Jeanne with work around the house and also decorated a grave. Jeanne Berg attended Tiffany Parks' college graduation open house reception held at New Life Community Baptist Church. Tiffany graduated from University of Minnesota, Morris. Jeanne Berg, Jane Streed, and Jane's daughter Sara Mathes went to the Memorial program at the Ortonville School on Monday monring, May 30. It was a very good service. Vi Hansen rode out with her daughter Sue Hanratty to Sue and Dan's house to have noon lunch with Sue and Dan Hanratty and Sue and Dan's daughter Sara and John Matte and their two little girls of near St. Cloud. Dick Verheul had lunch with his mother Vi Hansen on Memorial Day. Jeanette Bohlman and her friends went to the Polka Fest at Lake Benton on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28. Denny Spanton's son from San Antonio, TX; Denny's grandson from Jamestown College in Jamestown, ND; and Denny's sister and brother- in-law from Warrensburg, MO were all at Denny and Pat's for Denny's 80th birthday which was on Memorial Day. On Sunday, May 29 they all went to Shady Beach for a birthday dinner. On Memorial Day they went to Milbank to the Memorial program held outside. They arrived on Friday, May 27 and returned home on Tuesday, May 31. Doug Adelman visited his mothr Gen Adelman on Friday, May 27 at Fairway View. Gen Adelman attended the high school graduation open house for Charlie Taffe at Roman and Carol Taffe's. She also attended a high school graduation open house for Thomas Rausch at Mike and Lonie Rausch's. Sunday afternoon, May 29 visitors of Gen Adelman at Fairway View were her granddaughter Alyssa Adelman and her friend from Wisconsin. Dorothy Gmiterko enjoyed the visit from her daughter Dorothy the week of May 23. Dorothy Gmiterko had cataract surgery; so it was a great help to have her daughter for the week. They also enjoyed bingo and going out to lunch. On Sunday, May 29 Matt and Charlene Karels, Cathy Karels, and DorothyGmiterko attended the 90th birthday party of Margaret Cronin in Revillo. Later on Dorothy attended the .graduation party for Bridget Walh. : Johnny and Arlene Larson and Phyllis Schluter played cards on Monday, May 30. Jenny and Sid Lien and their childrep Andy, Josh and Lindsey traveled to Ortonville and were joined by Eric and Jessie Randleman and Lucy and Greta to spend the Memorial holiday weekend at the Randleman's family cabin at Meadowbrook. The family along with Craig and Kippy Randleman spent the weekend enjoying some nice weather and getting the cabin ready for summertime. Jim and Lany McKinney and Darell went to Winthrop to see Darren and Gail McKinney and children Sophie, Breeze, Emmie Rose, and Asher on Memorial Day. Larry and Cynthia Karels met Todd Karels and Matt and Charlene Karels in Hankinson for a visit. " Jim and Bonna Rasset went to several high school open house graduations on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. Marilyn Carlson visited Blanche Twist of Northridge on Memorial Day. They also attended Northridge's Memorial Day program. Melissa Davis passed nursing boards for an RN degree. Bob Schluter from Bloomington and Sharon Wiesner of Andover visited their mother Phyllis Schluter and their brother Richard Schluter for part of the May 27 weekend. They had a good time. Phyllis Schluter took part in the Memorial Day ceremony at Northridge. Dee and Jim Strege spent Memorial weekend in Valpraiso, IN with Vern and Ruth Strege. While there they attended Vern Strege's surprise 80th birthday party. They also visited with many Strege relatives while there. Lois Ritter has her grandson Ashton Breitbarth of Fargo with her. He is going to stay a week. They are going to enjoy spending time together. Monday, May 30 aftemoon visitors at David and Janet Weber's were D.J. and Kristin Haggerty and girls and Steve Weber and family. They grilled out. David and Janet Weber attended Alex Sis's high school graduation party in Rosen on Saturday, May 28 at the home of his parents Roger and Linda Sis. Palma Gutzman treated Don and Zelda Kohl to dinner at Club 7-75 in honor of her birthday on Wednesday flight, June 1. High bridge players at the Ortonville Community Center Friday afternoon, May 27 were Mel Ehlert and Darlene Loeschke. They had a very enjoyable afternoon. Minnesota River showcased ,n documentary to air Sunday The Minnesota River, the state's namesake river, is one of Minnesota's most notable and recognizable natural resources. It is also one of the nation's most polluted rivers. Local river advocates, water re- source experts and media production professionals have joined together to produce an hour-long documentary, River Revival: Working Together to Save the Minnesota River. River Re- vival showcases the story of the Min- nesota River from its geological origins to the present day. Through the seasons and throughout the Valley, the documentary examines the river's many pollution problems and highlights the efforts of people from all walks of life - natural resource professionals, anglers, farmers, politi- cians and citizen activists - to restore the river. River Revival is produced by the Water Resources Center at Min- nesota State University Mankato and hosted by one of Minnesota's premier outdoors advocates, Ron Schara. "We undertook this project because we believe that more people need to hear the whole story of the Minnesota River," said John Hickman, executive producer of the documentary and board member for Friends of the Minnesota Valley, one of three river organizations dedicated to conserving the natural re- sources of the Minnesota River Valley. "To be sure, the river faces some seri- ous challenges. At the same time, there are many positive efforts underway that have made the river cleaner than it was even 10 years ago. These success stories need to be told." The documentary airs on KARE 11 television at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. Coinciding with the broadcast, Friends of the Minnesota Valley is hosting a gala viewing party from 5-7:30 p,rn. at the Minnesota Valley National.Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located at 3815 American Blvd. E., in Bloomington. The event is open to the public. A sug- gested donation of $25 is requested, but not required, to support event costs and ongoing efforts to clean up the Minnesota river. Event space is limited and reserva- tions are on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lori Nelson at 952-881-9065 or lnelson@friendsofm- rlvallev.orm Viewing parties are being planned in Ortonville, Montevideo, New Ulm, Mankato and Red Wing. In Ortonville, the viewing party will be held at Headwaters Grill and Bar this Sunday from 4-7:30 p.m. with host Dale and Mary Homan of Citizens for Big Stone Lake and Duane Ninneman of CURE. For more information call 1- 877-269-2873. Tuesday, June 7, 2011 00INDEPENDENT Page 3