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Glencoe Regional Health, Ridgeview, Hutchinson Health leaders together ask for community vigilance against COVID-19

Leadership of three regional health systems have banded together to ask community members to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

A press release from President and CEO Patricia Henderson of Glencoe Regional Health; President and CEO Mike Phelps of Ridgeview; and President Jim Lyons of Hutchinson Health indicated all facilities continue to see increasing cases of COVID-19.

The release reads as follows:

“To our community –
As we continue to see a dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases in our communities, we – as the leaders
of your local healthcare systems – are urging you to do your part to reduce the spread.
The rise of COVID-19 cases is having a significant impact on our hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.
It is draining our resources such as beds, PPE (masks, gloves, gowns), supplies, and our most valuable
resource: our staff.

An increase in community spread is having a significant impact on our staffing levels,
as our employees on the front lines are affected by high-risk exposures or direct illness.

While some people may not be very sick with COVID-19, they still have the possibility to spread the virus
to others, who can become very ill or even die. We want to protect the elderly and other vulnerable
people from getting sick and needing urgent medical care.
We need everyone to work together to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We are
asking for you to take this virus seriously. After nine months of sacrifices, we know you are exhausted.
Now is not the time to become relaxed and complacent about prevention measures. Wear a mask and
stay apart. We’ve been practicing all year, and now is the time that it matters most. Let’s work together to
keep our communities safe. We are stronger together.
While it’s a tradition to gather with your family during the holidays, we ask that you stay home this year.
In-person family gatherings will continue to spread the virus and not only risk the health of our family and
friends, but put unnecessary strain on our healthcare systems. Consider other ways of connecting with
your loved ones, such as video calls and phone calls.
Please continue to be extra diligent with these preventive measures:
• Avoid going out, except for essential items.
• Avoid gatherings.
• Keep at least six feet of distance between you and another person.
• When in public, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose.
• Wash your hands OFTEN with soap and water for AT LEAST 20 seconds, especially after
using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol IF soap and water are
not readily available.
• Stay home if you are feeling sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Get a flu shot to reduce the risk of a hospital stay.
Thank you for helping us slow down the spread of COVID-19. We will get through this, together.
Patricia Henderson
President & CEO, Glencoe Regional Health
Mike Phelps
President & CEO, Ridgeview
Jim Lyons
President, Hutchinson Health

Dassel man arrested after fleeing police

According to a press release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze, on Nov. 28 at 10:45 P.M. a Meeker County Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a reckless driver near the intersection hwy. 15 and hwy. 29 in Collinwood Township. The driver was later identified as Aaron Peterson, 29, of rural Dassel. The driver failed to stop and fled. Deputies pursued the driver for approximately 26 miles before the vehicle was disabled by spike strips. As deputies drove up to the disabled vehicle, the driver began to exit his vehicle with a shotgun in hand. A deputy used his squad to pin the driver’s door preventing the driver from exiting his vehicle. After a brief standoff, the driver put down the shotgun and was arrested without further incident. Peterson was booked in the Meeker County jail pending a formal court appearance on charges of fleeing a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, and multiple gun violations. The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and the MN State Patrol assisted with the pursuit and arrest.

Superintendent Jeff Powers announces retirement


After 22 years with the Dassel-Cokato School District, including 15 as the superintendent, Jeff Powers announced his plans for retirement effective June 30 during Monday’s meeting.
Each board member took time to thank Mr. Powers for his service, his commitment to the students and his commitment to making the district the best that it can be.


Heaven or hell: local residents tell their story of being onboard a cruise at the start of the pandemic


For some people, being stuck on a cruise ship for a month might not sound like a good time. For others it is like heaven on earth. Crew members bring a person whatever they want, great food, and lots of fun and entertainment to keep a person busy. Not to mention the beauty of the open sea, exciting excursions to go on, and ports to visit. That’s how Bob and Barbara Holly of Cokato see the cruises they have been on, like heaven on earth.


Trouble’s 2 coming to Darwin


Restaurant owners Neil and Stacie Jastrzebski are “extremely excited” to have their new restaurant coming to Darwin.
“We thought that Darwin was the perfect place to start a bar and restaurant,” Stacie said.
“You know, honestly, it happened to be the right distance away from our restaurant in Howard Lake. The biggest reason I wanted to go west was because I didn’t want to go east and get any closer to the cities. Also, I kind of fell in love with the project. It was really a neat, unique old building,” Neil said.


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