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Vol. 128 No. 29 Friday, September 24, 2010
Minnedosa, Manitoba Canada R0J 1E0
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Many in by acclamation


S ome local voter’s will have a chance to mark

an “x” on election day. In Minnedosa, there will be an election for may- or with Ray Orr and Darrell Graham as candidates. Six councillors will be sworn in by acclamation. They will include returning members Diane Hartley, Pat Skatch and Harvey Wedgewood along with new members Frank Taylor, Rick Saler and Len Luker. The position of reeve in the R.M. of Minto is still va- cant with Calvin Jacobson,

Ross Mackling and Brion Pollon being acclaimed councillors. Candidates running for Ward One are Ross Burnside and Allan Armstrong. There will be no elec- tion in the R.M. of Oda- nah with Jim Andersen ac- claimed Reeve and Ronald Sandstrom, Craig Pearson, Ron Carr and Monty Peck- over acclaimed councillors. All trustees for Roll- ing River School Divi- sion board have also been acclaimed.

Peddle hard for Heart & Stroke
Peddle hard for
Heart & Stroke

Photo by Kathleen Ledwith

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike made its annual appearance in Minnedosa Tuesday afternoon. 29 local riders peddled the big red bike along the streets of Minnedosa raising money for heart and stroke research. The amount raised from this year’s ride was unavailable at presstime.

Town in favour of joint health centre


T he Town of Minnedosa has signed a Memo-

randum of Understand- ing (MOU), declaring its support for a proposed joint health care facility between Minnedosa and Neepawa on Highway #16. A resolution was passed to sign the MOU at the last council meeting. “I think Minnedosa realizes that to make health care af-

fordable we have to look at regionalization,” stated Minnedosa Town Council and joint health care com- mittee member, Pat Skatch. A joint health com- mittee of rural municipal representatives visited twelve communities in the area, asking them to sign the MOU if they are in support of the venture. The MOU is purposefully void of specific details with regards to what a joint fa-

cility would look like, but sustaining and enhancing quality health care, with the possibility of special- ization, are at the core of the proposal. Built in 1991, the Minnedosa and Dis- trict Hospital is still rela- tively new. That being said, there are several services staff are unable to offer. A joint health care facility would mean more choices for patients who need spe- cialized diagnostic testing

and/or treatment, rather than always having to go to Brandon. It may also make it possible to retrofit the Minnedosa Personal Care Home with the hospital. The hospital in Neepa- wa has outgrown its loca- tion and is the only hospi- tal in the area still offering obstetrics. Obstetrics is not possible without a surgeon on staff, and sur- gery is not possible with- out an anaesthesiologist.

This ripple effect limits the services hospitals are able to offer. “We want to create a centre that will offer sustainable services to a critical mass popula- tion,” stated Assiniboine Regional Health Authority (ARHA) CEO, Penny Gil- son. Staffing shortages are a problem. Doctors are not willing to work in facili- ties where they are unable to utilize their skills due to inadequate resources.

“You can’t keep doctors if they aren’t able to use their skills,” committee spokes- person and RM of Lang- ford Reeve, Kathy Jasienc- zyk, pointed out. Doctors in both Neepawa and Minnedosa unanimously support the proposal of a new health care centre.

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