Northfield Hospital President hospitalized
Northfield Hospital & Clinics President and CEO Mark Henke is in serious but stable condition at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He underwent emergency surgery Saturday morning. According to Community Relations Director, Scott Richardson, Henke was recently diagnosed with cancer of the kidney. He has been undergoing tests to determine his treatment. On Friday evening, he collapsed at his home and was taken to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where doctors removed a blockage in his lung. At this time, Henke is still in intensive care and is facing further surgery. In Henke’s absence, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Tim Gronseth, will handle his administrative duties with the support of NH&C’s Administrative Team.
Woman involved in rollover upgraded to “good”
A 69-year-old Northfield woman who was in critical condition after a rollover accident has been upgraded to good condition. Patricia Errington was driving northbound on I-35 around 11 o’clock Saturday morning when her vehicle veered to the right shoulder. She then over corrected and hit the right median, causing her to go into the ditch where the car rolled over several times. A passenger in the vehicle, 72 year old David Errington, was taken to Fairview Lakes Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Vulnerable adult law
As our society ages, we’re seeing more and more abuse of vulnerable adults by their caregivers, this includes those who’ve been given control over finances. A new law took effect August 1st. Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster says this new law will ensure that the caregiver must make sure that the vulnerable adult is getting the care they need. Beaumaster says that if you give over your financial control while being competent and get taken, that’s not a crime. However if you’re no longer competent, it becomes a crime when you’re not cared for. Beaumaster says that in many of these cases, the defense a perpetrator will use is that the victim wanted them to take over control so they have the right to use the money as they see fit regardless of whether the victims needs are being met. It is now a felony to intentionally deprive a vulnerable adult from food, clothing, shelter or health care when the caregiver “is reasonably able to make the necessary provisions”. This same law also applies to unreasonable confinement or restraint of a child.
Council has regular meeting and work session with EDA
The Northfield city council meets for a regular meeting and a work session tonight at 7 o’clock. First up will be a presentation by Executive Director of the NDDC, Ross Currier. In November of 2011, the council voted to fund the NDDC from the general fund, rather than the EDA levy. A one-year service contract was signed between the Council and the NDDC for $35,000, with the stipulation for a mid-year report. Several items on the Consent agenda include a request from the American Legion Post 84. They’re in the process of applying for a premises permit to conduct charitable gambling at The Break and need the city’s okay. Council is set to approve members to the Fire Study group. Councilors Erica Zweifel and Rhonda Pownell, and citizen representative Lee Runzheimer. The only item on the Regular agenda concerns the pool. Council is being asked to approve an increase in the scope of the Pool Concession Stand project. They’re being asked to more than double the funding. After the conclusion of the meeting, council will meet with the EDA for a work session. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Nite to Unite!
Tonight is Nite to Unite. Several parties will be taking place in neighborhoods around Northfield. Registered parties will get a visit from local police, fire and/or emergency crews to visit with citizens and discuss any concerns you may have. The parties will officially kick off at 5 o’clock and run till 8.
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