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MORA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Independent School District 332


400 Maple Avenue East
Mora, Minnesota 55051

Kanabec County

Fairview School
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320-679-6259
Trailview School
320-679-6240
Trailview School Fax
320-679-6258
Mora High School
210-679-6220
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District Office
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March 23, 2015

Mr. Heimlich,
After review of your request, your email dialogue with Mr. Schultz, your website and blog, and
the Heimlich Maneuver in general, I support Mr. Schultz's denial of your request.
Transparency is not the issue. We have no reason to withhold the information you have requested,
besides the cost of labor.
The very nature of medicine (and all science) is experimental, and all that is required for controversy
is a dissenting opinion. While you might take issue with your father and the maneuver bearing his
name, a quick web search returned both the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health,
and Minnesota's own Mayo clinic website sharing instructions for performing the Heimlich maneuver.
I applaud you for fighting for what you believe in, as I view that as the right and responsibility of every
good American (yes, even Georgians). I hope you are seeking truth and improvement, and not
simply your own form of fame or personal gain. Regardless of your motives, there is a real cost in the
time you are requesting, and I believe neither the taxpayers of Minnesota nor the children of our
school district should be expected to fund your campaign.
Sincerely,
Ethan Elvehjem
Vice Chair
Mora School Board

Serving Our Future In School Today


* An Equal Opportunity Employer *

Subject: Re: FOIA request, 3/6/15 -- 2nd request, please advise


From: Peter Heimlich <peter.heimlich@gmail.com>
Date: 3/19/2015 4:31 PM
To: Schultz Craig <cschultz@moraschools.org>
CC: choyles@moraschools.org, Attorney.General@ag.state.mn.us, journal@proctormn.com,
wweber@moraminn.com, Kirsten Faurie <editor@moraminn.com>, sunshineweek@asne.org,
thayt@asne.org, lwiseman@asne.org
Craig Schultz, Superintendent
Mora Public Schools, ISD 332
400 Maple Avenue East
Mora, MN 55051
Dear Mr. Schultz,
Thank you for your reply this afternoon to my e-mail of yesterday (copied below my signature).
1) CS: In reviewing the the information you have provided, and the Mn Statute allowing agencies to charge
for time, I feel it is not an appropriate use of tax payer dollars to waive the fee.
Given the controversial* and experimental** first aid training program that was apparently presented to
Trailview Elementary students, it's unclear why you don't think the information I've requested is important
enough to grant my request to waive the fee. Would you please provide the specific reason(s) on which you
based your determination?
2) CS: You may appeal to the Mora School Board. The Chair is Karen Kirschner and the Vice Chair is Ethan
Elvehjem. The Board Secretary is Chris Hoyles. You can contact Ms. Hoyles to direct any correspondence to
them, or request their contact information. Ms. Hoyles email is: <choyles@moraschools.org>
I'm not familiar enough with the laws governing the MN FOIA to determine if the Mora School Board is the
appropriate agency to which I should appeal, but thanks for the information and I'm copying Ms. Hoyles on
this so she can share with Ms. Kirschner and Mr. Elvehjem. Earlier this week MN Attorney General
Swanson's office told me that office is available to mediate with you on my behalf, so that also seems like a
sensible course.
3) As it happens, we're in the middle of Sunshine Week, sponsored by the American Society of News Editors:
http://www.sunshineweek.org As an advocate for government transparency, I'd encourage you to share our
correspondence with teachers in your schools as an informative, close-to-home civics lesson to help educate
age-appropriate students about public records, how to access them, and the obstacles they may encounter.
Thank you for your continued attention and I look forward to your answer to my question above.
Sincerely,
Peter M. Heimlich
3630 River Hollow Run
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com

cc:
Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General
Jake Benson, Proctor Journal
Wade Weber, Kirsten Faurie, Kanabec County Times
Teri Hayt, Le Anne Wiseman, American Society of Newspaper Editors
* http://ramblernewspapers.com/2014/11/heimlich-maneuver-on-unconscious-persons-causes-controversy/
** http://www.the-sidebar.com/2015/02/is-cincinnatis-heimlich-heroes-training.html

On 3/19/2015 2:55 PM, Schultz Craig wrote:


In response to your request.
1) Please explain the basis for your denial of my fee waiver request.
In reviewing the the information you have provided, and the Mn Statute allowing agencies to charge for
time, I feel it is not an appropriate use of tax payer dollars to waive the fee.

2) Please provide me with instructions on how I may appeal that denial.


You may appeal to the Mora School Board. The Chair is Karen Kirschner and the Vice Chair is Ethan
Elvehjem. The Board Secretary is Chris Hoyles. You can contact Ms. Hoyles to direct any correspondence
to them, or request their contact information. Ms. Hoyles email is: <choyles@moraschools.org>

Craig Schultz, Superintendent


Mora Public Schools, ISD 332
cschultz@moraschools.org
400 Maple Avenue East
Mora, MN 55051
On Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM, Peter Heimlich <peter.heimlich@gmail.com> wrote:
Craig Schultz, Superintendent
Mora Public Schools, ISD 332
400 Maple Avenue East
Mora, MN 55051
Dear Mr. Schultz:
I haven't received your reply to the questions in my March 13 e-mail (copied below my signature) re: my
March 6 FOIA request (attached).
Thank you for your continued attention and I look forward to your reply by this Friday, March 20 so I
may know how to proceed.
Sincerely,
Peter M. Heimlich

3630 River Hollow Run


Peachtree Corners, GA 30096
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
cc:
Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General
Jake Benson, Proctor Journal
Wade Weber, Kirsten Faurie, Kanabec County Times

On 3/13/2015 2:47 PM, Peter Heimlich wrote wrote to cschultz@moraschools.org and cc'd:
editor@moraminn.com :
Dear Mr. Schultz:
1) Please explain the basis for your denial of my fee waiver request.
2) Please provide me with instructions on how I may appeal that denial.
Thank you for your continued attention and I look forward to your reply.
Sincerely,
Peter M. Heimlich
3630 River Hollow Run
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
cc: Kirsten Faurie

On 3/13/2015 2:35 PM, Schultz Craig wrote to Peter.Heimlich@gmail.com and


editor@moraminn.com :
In response to your most recent request. Responses in bold and underlined for easy reference.
Dear Mr. Schultz,
Thanks for your e-mail today re: my FOIA request for records associated with the recent Heimlich Heroes program presented to
Trailview Elementary students as reported by Kirsten Faurie in the March 6 Kanabec County Times.
>I think you are interested in the most recent, dealing directly with the Heimlich Heroes program.
That's correct. Understood
>Jessica (Olen) has been a long time member of this community with many friends on the teaching staff.

I appreciate that information. My request only pertains to Ms. Olen's communications re: the recent Heimlich Heroes
presentation.
This is also to request a waiver of all fees in that this information is not being sought for commercial purposes and that the
disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest. For example, viaHeimlich maneuver on unconscious persons
causes controversy by staff reporter Nick Kammerer, Rambler Newspapers, November 24, 2014:
Heimlich Heroes, a Cincinnati-based first aid program developed partly by Henry Heimlich, is teaching students
to perform the Heimlich maneuver on unconscious choking victims. This means that school children are being
taught a medical practice that is not recommended by the American Heart Association or Red Cross, two highly
credible public health organizations.
Request denied
Thanks for your continued attention and I look forward to your reply.
Sincerely,
Peter M. Heimlich
3630 River Hollow Run
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
cc: Kirsten Faurie

Craig Schultz, Superintendent


Mora Public Schools, ISD 332
cschultz@moraschools.org
400 Maple Avenue East
Mora, MN 55051

On 3/11/2015 12:56 PM, Peter Heimlich wrote to cschultz@moraschools.org and cc'd:


editor@moraminn.com :
Dear Mr. Schultz,
Thanks for your e-mail today re: my FOIA request for records associated with the recent Heimlich
Heroes program presented to Trailview Elementary students as reported by Kirsten Faurie in the
March 6 Kanabec County Times.
>I think you are interested in the most recent, dealing directly with the Heimlich Heroes program.
That's correct.
>Jessica (Olen) has been a long time member of this community with many friends on the teaching
staff.
I appreciate that information. My request only pertains to Ms. Olen's communications re: the recent
Heimlich Heroes presentation.
This is also to request a waiver of all fees in that this information is not being sought for commercial
purposes and that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest. For example, via
Heimlich maneuver on unconscious persons causes controversy by staff reporter Nick Kammerer,

Rambler Newspapers, November 24, 2014:


Heimlich Heroes, a Cincinnati-based first aid program developed partly by Henry
Heimlich, is teaching students to perform the Heimlich maneuver on unconscious choking
victims. This means that school children are being taught a medical practice that is not
recommended by the American Heart Association or Red Cross, two highly credible
public health organizations.
Thanks for your continued attention and I look forward to your reply.
Sincerely,
Peter M. Heimlich
3630 River Hollow Run
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
cc: Kirsten Faurie

On 3/11/2015 12:08 PM, Schultz Craig wrote:


Mr. Heimlich,
I will be happy to comply with your request.
However, with the 'any and all related records' statement, it is not clear exactly what 'all' means. I
think you are interested in the most recent, dealing directly with the Heimlich Heroes program.
Possibly, with regards to the School Nurse and Elementary Principal.
Jessica has been a long time member of this community with many friends on the teaching staff. For
me to run an investigation of 'any and all records' and 'any correspondence to and/or from Jessica
Olen' and to go through the potential emails, would be difficult to estimate. According to
MN Statute, the responsible authority may require the requesting person to pay the
actual costs of searching for and retrieving government data, including the cost of
employee time, and for making, certifying, and electronically transmitting the copies of
the data. Employee time will be billed at $25/hour. This cost will exceed the $5 ceiling in
your request.
Please advise as to how you would like us proceed.
Craig Schultz, Superintendent
Mora Public Schools, ISD 332
cschultz@moraschools.org
400 Maple Avenue East
Mora, MN 55051

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 2:31 PM, Peter Heimlich <peter.heimlich@gmail.com> wrote:


Craig Schultz
Superintendant
Mora School District
Mora, MN
Dear Mr. Schultz:
Please find attached a pdf file consisting of a one-page FOIA request dated today. Please confirm
receipt.
Thank you for your attention and I look forward to receiving the requested records.
Sincerely,
Peter M. Heimlich
3630 River Hollow Run
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
encl: 15-3-6_PMH-CSchultz_Mora-HeimlichHeroes-FOIA.pdf

March 6, 2015
Craig Schultz
Superintendant
Mora School District
Mora, MN
Dear Mr. Schultz:
This is a request for information under the Minnesota Freedom of Information Act.
Via Mora students learn life saving technique by Kirsten Faurie, Kennebac County Times,
March 6, 2015:
Mora fourth graders practiced helping someone who is choking during a special
opportunity to learn the Heimlich Maneuver Feb. 25. The Heimlich Heroes program
sent the school a special training kit after hearing about how Trailview student Jadyn
Lilienthal used the Heimlich Maneuver to help her friend Tahlia Hendricks when she
began choking on a cherry tomato in December. The kit included training videos,
pamphlets, and particularly fun yet realistic dolls designed with a diaphragm, lungs
and windpipe for kids to practice with. The training was presented by FirstLight
medical student Jessica Olen who said, Its really about recognizing when someone
needs help and being there for them when they need it.
Please provide me with copies of any and all related records including but not limited to
training materials and correspondence including any correspondence to and/or from Jessica
Olen.
If available, please provide the records in digital format via e-mail.
I'm requesting these records for an article I'm reporting on my blog therefore this is to
request that I be categorized as a member of the news media.
If the fee for completing my request exceeds $5, please obtain my written approval prior to
completing this request. If your office wishes to correspond with me, please feel free to do so
via e-mail.
If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to
specific exemptions of the act. I also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise
exempt material.
Thank you for your attention and I look forward to receiving the requested records.
Sincerely,

Peter Heimlich
3630 River Hollow Run
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
e-mail: peter.heimlich@gmail.com