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Thursday, July 28, 2011 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Watkins celebrates state legislation change t that benefits Page 9 ................... I Hilltop Care Center Members from the Watkins Hilltop Care Center, located in attended the open house at Hilltop community, Hilltop Care Center Meeker County, has continually Care Center and thanked the res- and Paynesville Area Health Care received a Five-Star Facility rating idents, family members, commu~ System (PAHCS), who actively par- for nursing home facilities in Min- nity and PAHCS employees who ticipated at the Minnesota House nesota. However, despite its excel- made passing this bill a focus and ofRepresentatives and Senate, pro- lent reputation and rankings,~ it commitment. "You, made a huge viding support and testimony for received lower reimbursementdifference through your words a change in the Health & Human rates based solely on its location, and presence," stated Hrdahl. Services bill, celebrated with Long-term care facilities in Stea- "The disparity between nursing an open house Monday, July 25. rns County receive $18 to $35 higher home rates needs to be bridged. The SF87 bill will allow for an reimbursement per day for each Through your help, we focused operating rate adjustment, effec- resident than facilities in Meeker on getting it done for Hilltop Care rive Oct. 1, for a nursing facility if County, (This could amount to as Center. You should be proud ofthis it is located within a quarter mile much as $287,000 ayear for Hilltop.) effort, and the great care you pro- from another county who receives Representative Dean Urdahl vide to residents." a higher per diem per resident bed. and Senator Scott Neuman At the Hilltop Care Center celebration of the passage of the legislative bill, cake and punch wereserved. Pictured above with one of the cakes are, from left to right, Watkins City Council member Dennis Loch, Senator Scott Neuman, Director of Nursing for Hilltop Care Center Annette Schroeder, Acute Care and Long-Term Care Director Beverly Mueller, Watkins City Council: member Toots Tschumperlin, and Representative Dean Urdahl. Loch, Schroeder, Mueller and Tschumperlin spoke before the Health and Human Services committees during the regular legislative session in support of the operating rate adjustment for Hilltop Care Center. The Watkins City Council sponsored the bus trips for concerned citizens to attend the hearings. Submitted photo. At top, a group photo after the brief celebration ceremony that includes Sen. Neuman and Rep. Urdahl along with Hilltop residents, Watkins residents and council members, and Hilltop and PAHCS staff. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. The Kimball Wrestling boosters held their first-ever beanbag tournament Saturday, July 23. Above, early on in the tournament, lots of players still in the game. At right, wrestling coach Mike Schindler keeps the score and announces the winners at each level. A number of prizes were announced and awarded throughout the day as well. Plenty of food and drink was available on the warm, breezy day. There was shade provided for spectators and players awaiting their turns. Bottom right, several of the younger folk found other thmgs to do, like roaming the adjacent empty fields to collecting wild flowers to share with their parents. See page 3 for the Wrestling Boosters' list of winners, and "thank you" to all the supporting and participating groups and individuals. Staff photos by lean Doran Matua. 3-BR with master suite 2nd kitchen on lower level $199,900 263 Elm St., Kimball Carefully maintained 3-BR 2-BA on 1/3 acre lot. Lake Camelian Turn-key 3-BR lakehome. Dbl garage. 100' lake shore. S259,900 Grand Lake Year-round cottage, garage, guest house. 161' beach. $299,900 cker, REALTOR Itzte~ritv ~tT~ 7tOgt "21t3~ See full details at: ~L,.J/ JJU-.JIUU :