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eople Winthrop News- Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2o14. Page3 Sidewalk repair begins downtown Crews began tearing up the sidewalk on the west side of Winthrop Clinic:Allina Health Servcies late last week. Work will continue as a new sidewalk will be installed on the west side as well as the front of the facility, extending past the Winthrop Telephone Company office as well. Photo by Michael Mattison GFW personnel changes continue with school approaching by Doug Hanson The GFW School Board accepted a resignation on Monday evening at its regular monthly meeting as a kinder- garten teacher and assistant girls basketball coach re- signed. Karissa Kramer Tye, who has been with GFW for two years resigned after ac- cepting a job in Belle Plaine, closer to her home. The School Board fol- lowed by approving the con- tract of Ramona Kastner for the kindergarten position. K'aStner,h'Yo lives in New- Ulm, has two years of public school experience and over lO years of non-public school experience. She will be hired at step 3 on the salary sched- ule, making $34,305.96. Hanna Buessman will be a new English teacher at the high school She is a recent graduate of Bethany College. Buessman was hired to a .91 FTE and will start at step 1 for $30,369.04. Jordan Rudenick of Nicol- let and a recent graduate of Gustavus College was hired as the new high school physi- cal education, health and DAPE position. He will be placed on step 1 of the salary  schedule; making $33,372.57. The Board approved a salary increase for Cecilia Zendejas, who is the cultural liaison for the GFW District. Part of her job includes being with parents at the Individual Evaluation Program, special education meeting or other conferences for students, act- ing as a translator. She re- ceived a 60˘ increase for the current year up to $21.00 per hour and a 64˘ per hour in- crease for 2015-16. She is hired for 1050 hours per year. The Board finished its ne- gotiations with middle school principal Ralph Fairchild, who received a package in- crease of 5.9 percent. Fairchild's salary wilt in- crease from $90,800 to $93,524 for the current year and up to $96,248 for 2015- 16. Finally Superintendent Tami Martin reported that Connie McFarling will han- dle the speech language needs for the middle school and high school. McFarling was hired through Riverbend Ed- ucation District. A chemistry position is still open after an extensive search for a teacher. Unable to find a candidate for the one year position, the District has the Minnesota Department of Education approval to offer a class using online material with a non-chemistry certi: tied teacher supervising in the classroom. The administra- tion will continue to search for a chemistry teacher. Americans not getting enough relaxation time (StatePoint) Nearly all Americans understand that re- laxation time is essential to good health, yet most of us don't spend nearly enough time unwinding during a typi- cal day or week. While our society ac- knowledges that kicking back is indispensable, we don't seem to be practicing what we preach. Indeed, 99 percent of Americans think relaxation is important, yet they actually spend less than 5 percent of their day relaxing, according a new independent research study commissioned by Princess Cruises. The goal of the research was to better understand the latest trends about how many of us actually relax and how we go about doing it. Nearly half of Americans report they're more stressed than their significant other, with a whopping 82 percent of men indicating that their part- ner is the stressed out one. Music topped the list of re- laxation techniques for those surveyed, with 48 percent re- porting music helps them take it easy. Interestingly, only 18 percent find exercise is a good relaxation tool. The most surprising find- ings were that relaxation causes 62 percent of parents to feel guilty and that nearly one third of Americans surveyed reported being stressed out simply by the thought of relax- ing! So try to beat the odds and make time to unwind. Help Wanted Handyman needed for home improvements• 507-647-5444 Help Wanted Crop Production Services is (]ccepting opplic(]tions for shop/driver positions. These positions (]re se(]son(]l with full- time potenti(]l. Applic(]nts must have (] Cl(]ss A CDL license. To apply c(]U M(]rk (]t 507-647-5329. Crop Production Service Winthrop 507-647-5329 ]fdl't00tutehotd - 00lt00ts Apply spray starch to doors and to painted walls along hall- ways and stairways where fingerprints accumulate. The coat- ing will resist marks better. Copies of the Winthrop News are now available at these locations: - United Xpress (Winthrop. 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According to Schauer, some houses in Ar- lington were flooded in June and the city wanted a "health officer" to assist with deter- mining health hazards. The city learned that the state statute had changed. Schauer explained that Minnesota Statute 145A.03 required counties to take the responsibilities of a Board of Health, or to establish a Board of Health and assign the powers and duties of a Board of Health. The statute also permits a Joint Powers Board of Health. Minnesota Statute 145A.09 provide for a Community Health Board and allows a Joint Powers Board. Minnesota Statute 145A.10 provides that the Community Health Board has the powers and duties of a Board of Health. Sibley County, in cooper- ation with Meeker and McLeod Counties, created a Joint Community Health Board. The board was created April 19, 1990 and amended on August 8, 2006. This is a delegation agreement with the Joint Community Health Board and the Local Health Boards of each county. The delegation agreement pro- vides that the Local Health Board enforce public health nuisance laws, ordinances and rules, Schauer explained. In Schauer's opinion, the Local Board of Health and the Public Health Division of Sibley County Public Health and Human Service have some authority to address public health nuisances. Schauer also pointed out Minnesota Statute 463.15- 463.26 on hazardous build- ings. -Gaylord Hub Spike in benefits to Sibley County veterans Although the number of veterans in Sibley County is declining, the amount of ben- efits the veterans here receive is increasing according to Lisa Klenk, Sibley County Veterans Service Office. In a report presented to the County Commissioners earlier this month, Klenk showed there were approxi- mately 1,100 veterans in Sib- ley county in 2013. This is a decrease from approximately 1,400 in 2003. During the same time pe- riod, however Klenk noted that veterans in Sibley County received $5.6 million in benefits in 2013, compared to $1.2 million. Since Klenk has served in the Veterans Service Office, the benefits received by veterans here has increased by $2 million. Klenk is continuing to re- ceive more contacts. This year alone, Klenk said she has seen 100 new veterans in- quiring about benefits. She believes this increase is due to Vietnam Era Veterans be- ginning to retire and seeking out alternative medical care as well as younger veterans from early Gulf War inquir- ing about benefits. There continues to be backlogs at the VA in Min- neapolis for orthopedic and audiology services. She is waiting for the process to be put in place for care authori- zations outside of the VA. Klenk also said that she has developed personal relation- ships with employees at the Minneapolis and St. Cloud Veterans Administration Hos- pitals. This past year, she had five cases that were appealed. One was approved, three were remanded, which she explained, that the regional office didn't complete the job properly. One was denied, but the veteran did not consult Klenk's office. Klenk received a card this month that will allow her to electronically access records from the Veterans Adminis- tration. "We need to value our veterans, those who fought and served our country. We have a responsibly to take care of our veterans," Klenk said. Commissioners approved a resolution approving a con- tract for a $10,0000 County Veterans Service office oper- ational enhancement grant. -Gaylord Hub Sibley County Opening Land & Records Technician (PT) (Auditor's Office) Duties involve Land & Records, Property Tax, County/Joint Drainage Ditch, Elections, Finance, and Customer Service functions. 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