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January 21st

Hospice: care for patient, peace of mind for family

Ruth Klukas, 92, was living alone on her farm near Gibbon in 2013, and her family was concerned about her well-being as the effects of aging took their toll.
Klukas’ granddaughter, Laura Donnay of Glencoe, had experience with home health care, and was familiar with the hospice program offered in the past by ConnectCare and now by Allina Home Health. Donnay also used to work with ConnectCare.
“At some point, the doctor suggested hospice care and we made the call,” said Donnay.

Trailblazer struggles with shrinking pool of volunteer drivers

Trailblazer Transit’s dwindling pool of volunteer drivers has it pondering how to continue providing service to those with unique needs.
The joint powers board heard Thursday morning that there are just seven active volunteers, with an average age of 80.
The volunteer drivers provide rides to people who have needs outside of Trailblazer’s traditional service area — such as to medical clinics in the Twin Cities or Rochester.

Trailblazer’s new Wright County facility delayed by financing issues

Trailblazer Transit’s goal of duplicating its Glencoe facility at a location in Buffalo in Wright County has hit a snag.
Trailblazer Executive Director Gary Ludwig told the joint powers board that the Buffalo Housing Authority, which is building the facility to lease to Trailblazer, is having difficulty getting financing.
“They presently do not have financing for this project,” said Ludwig of the housing authority, which is trying to borrow money for the building’s construction.

3 hurt in collision in Sibley County

Three Belle Plaine residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday, Jan. 19, at about 3:30 p.m., in the area of 190th Street and 391st Avenue in Green Isle Township, Sibley County.
According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, a flatbed one-ton truck and a passenger car were involved in the collision.
The people in the car were identified as Jada Teta, 15, Xavier Teta, 10, and Jena Cuchna, 38, all of Belle Plaine. All three were taken to the hospital in Waconia by ambulance.

Ice fishing fun

Spotlight musical theater awards

Bienfang talks careers with kids

Wrestlers take NL-S tournament

Girls on 5-game win streak

Venier vaults