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Buffalo man with COVID-19 dies after legal battle over ventilator

BUFFALO, MN – A Buffalo man who had been battling COVID-19 on a ventilator has died days after he was moved to a Texas hospital amid a legal battle between his family and a Minnesota health care system, according to a statement from Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital.

Last week, an Anoka County judge ordered Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids to keep Scott Quiner on a ventilator. Quiner had gone to the hospital after he contracted COVID-19 for the second time in October, according to WCCO.

His wife of 35 years, Anne, said she went to court after the hospital said that nothing more could be done for him, and it was time to take him off the ventilator.

She asked for other treatments, and vehemently disagreed with the hospital’s decision, which she said could “end [her] husband’s life.”

Quiner was transported to a “health care facility of the family’s choice” on Jan. 15, according to Allina Health.

Quiner’s family attorney said that when he was admitted to the Texas hospital, he was determined to be “severely malnourished.” Since then Quiner had been receiving nutrition, hydration, along with “other medications that his wife had requested and Mercy Hospital refused to administer.”

Allina said in a statement that the system has “great confidence in the exceptional care provided to our patients, which is administered according to evidence-based practices by our talented and compassionate medical teams. Due to patient privacy, we cannot comment on care provided to specific patients.”

The family attorney on Saturday said the family is “deeply appreciative” of community support. “We request some time to grieve but hoping to use our knowledge and experience to help others going through similar experiences,” she added.

Local public works crews attempt to minimize salt usage while ensuring road safety


For most people who’ve endured a Minnesota winter, staying safe while driving on ice and snow covered roads is paramount. To ensure the safe passage of motorists, each winter the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and local public works crews are tasked with the responsibility of removing snow and ice from Minnesota roads.


HLWW Hall of Fame induction postponed

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed due to the rise of COVID-19 cases.

The event will take place at HLWW High School Saturday, Feb. 19, beginning with a social hour at noon in the Commons, and the ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

Minnesota man battling COVID-19 moved to Texas hospital after lawsuit over ventilator

BUFFALO, MN — A Buffalo, Minnesota man suffering from COVID-19 is in Texas where his family is hoping and praying doctors there can save his life, according to FOX 9.

Scott Quiner’s family went to court last week to get a restraining order to keep Allina Health from pulling the plug on the ventilator that was keeping him alive in Minnesota.

Quiner’s loved ones and their attorney report the 55-year old father of three was unvaccinated when he was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in late October, around Halloween.

He required deep sedation, a breathing tube, and a ventilator when his oxygen levels got dangerously low and did not improve.

Scott’s wife, Anne Quiner claims Allina threatened to pull the plug on that ventilator last week and that is when she went to court to fight.

Anne has power of attorney over Scott’s healthcare decisions. She hired lawyer Marjorie Holsten to stop Allina from pulling the plug on the ventilator, a move she believes would have killed him.

“This is a life-saving thing. It is going to be critical,” explained Holsten, who admits she has never handled a case like this one.

The Quiners have stated in public comments and social media that Allina would not treat Scott with certain drugs, nor would they attempt other extraordinary measures that might save his life. When the medical team allegedly told the family that Scott had just a couple more days on the ventilator, Holsten rushed to court to obtain the restraining order. The judge signed it Jan. 13.

“It was mentioned Monday, confirmed on Tuesday,” said Holsten. “By Tuesday, they said, ok, Thursday at noon, we pull the plug. I don’t think the judge wanted to be on the wrong side of saying, ‘Of course, you should be able to pull the plug’ so the judge was correct doing that.”

Over the weekend, Scott was transferred on a med flight to an unidentified hospital in Texas, apparently willing to meet the family’s medical wishes for life-saving treatments. By Sunday, Jan. 16 in the evening, he was already said to be improving on the ventilator while being weaned from the heavy sedatives, and provided extra nutrients.

His family claims that it appears most of his major organs are functioning well, except his lungs.

Allina provided a brief written statement that read in part: “Allina Health is grateful the family was able to find a health care facility that meets their needs and we continue to wish them all the best,” according to FOX 9

Meantime, the Quiners have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Scott’s emergency, life-saving care through a pair of online fundraisers in recent days, boosted by significant online coverage of his case.


Girl Scout Troop 37980 make tie blankets for an animal shelter


Girl Scout Troop 37980 is raising money to make tie blankets for the Crossroads Animal Shelter in Buffalo. They will earn their Bronze Award by making the blankets.


Maria’s Mexican Restaurant of Howard Lake shows off remodel


Maria’s Mexican Restaurant of Howard Lake started the new year off by showing off some renovations that had been made to the restaurant recently on their social media pages.