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Thursday, November 10, 2011 Tri-County News Kimball, MN No purchase agreement for Hilltop Care Center The Paynesville Area Health Care System's CEO, Bobbe Teigen, was notified that the Purchase Agreement of Hilltop Care Cen- ter to ElderCare of Minnesota, Inc. will not be proceeding because of financing limitations. Hilltop Care Cente'r, a senior care facility owned and operated by Paynesville Area'Health Care System (PAHCS), had reached an agreement with owners of Elder- Care of Minnesota, Inc., in August of 2011. The due diligence pro- cess and transition of ownership were scheduled to be completed by February, 2012. However, the necessary financial obEgations by ElderCare of Minnesota to pur- chase Hilltop Care Center could not be met. "We understand the hardships today's economic factors place on a prospective buyer," stated CEO, Bobbe Teigen. "ElderCare of Min- nesota holds an excellent repu- tation in Minnesota in caring for seniors and we were pleased to have them in consideration for continuing quality care for seniors in Watkins. The tough reality of lower medical reimburserfients on both a state and federal level make any type of sale process quite demanding." The PAHCS Board of Directors will consider their next course of action and what is in the best interest for the future of Hill- top Care Center, its residents, its employees and for the Paynesville Area Health Care System. Hilltop Care Center is still under the own- ership of Paynesville Area Health Care System, which is committed to continuing quality care to all residents and patients. Holiday Home Tour Nov. 19 The Annandale Area Commu- nity Team Arts Committee cordially invites you to attend the Annual Hol- iday Home Tour fundraiser held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Money raised from this event is used to pay for the Summer Concert Series held in the Annandale Municipal Park each summer, Community Art, and the Downtown Annandale Art Crawl held each October. Five beauti- ful homes from the area will be dec- orated for the holidays. Ticket price includes a light meal at the conclu- sion of the tour. Tickets are for sale in advance only with a limited amount available. Tickets can be purchased at The Snooty Fox Gallery located at 20 East Cedar Street in Annandale. For more information, please call The Snooty Fox Gallery at (320) 274-2700. Veterans Day reminder: military service and Social Security By Steven Thayer, District Mgr. he or she may be eligible for Social Each year, Nov. 11, America observes Veterans Day and hon- ors the men and women who have servedin our nation's Armed Forces. Many of our Vietnam era veterans are now nearing retirement age, or already there. It is important that they, and other American service personnel, know just what retire- ment benefits they can count on from Social Security as they make their future financial plans. Like most of the civilian work- force, all current military personnel pay Social Security taxes and earn Social Security coverage. Earnings .for active duty military service or active duty training have been cov- ered under Social Security since 1957. Also, earnings for inactive duty service in the reserves (such as weekend drills) have had Social Security coverage since 1988. In addition t o regular military pay, Social Security adds special earnings credits to an individu- al's Social Security record when he or she serves in the military. The extra earnings are for periods of active duty or active duty training. If, for example, a person served in the military between 1957 and 1977, he or she has been credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which active duty basic pay was earned. These extra earnings may help someone qualify for Social Secu- rity or increase the amount of the Social Security benefit. The number of credits an indi- vidual needs to qualify for Social Security depends on his or her age and the type of benefit. Any future Social Security benefit pay- ment depends on a person's earn- ings; averaged over a working life- time. Generally, the higher a per- son's earnings, the higher his or her Social Security benefit will be. And remember that Social Security is more than retirement. If a worker becomes disabled before reaching retirement age, Security disability benefits. A dis- abled worker's spouse and depen- dent children also may be eligible for benefits. If a worker dies, the widow or widower and dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. If you, or someone you know, were wounded while on active duty in the military, find out more about what Social Security can do by visiting our website designed specifically for wounded warriors: /wounded . warriors. There, you will find answers to a number of commonly asked questions, as well as other useful information about disabil- ity benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Veterans and others who are within 10 years of retirement age should begin pllmning for retire- ment. A good place to start is with Social Security's Retirement Esti- mator at estimator. For more information, you can read our fact sheet, Military Ser- vice and Social Security, which is available on our website at www. Community Page 3 '1111 '111 Benefit for Deb Reinert Dec. 1.1 A benefit for Deb Reinert is being planned for Sunday, Dec. II at the Triple R Grill & Bar. Deb is undergoing treatment and pre- paring for upcoming surgery in January after her breast cancer returned in July after 10 years of being in remission. The benefit for Deb is to help her pay her medical bills. The Country Christmas Ben- efit on Dec. 11 is from 3-9 p.m. A spaghetti supper will be served, price is $8 for adults, $6 for chil- dren age 4-12, and 3 and under are free. Entertainment will be by "Big T" Karaoke. There will be a raffle drawing and a silent auction. There is a fund set up for Deb at the State Bank of Kimball and the Sentry Bank in St. Joseph, if some- one would like to donate cash. About donations for silent auction Donation forms can be picked up at Diva's or Triple R Grill & Bar. Items and forms can be dropped off at Diva's next to the Kimball Post Office on Main Street. If any questions, please call Chris Jeppe- sen (320) 398-5231. PAHCS sponsors ARC blood drive Nov. 21 An American Red Cross blood drive, sponsored by Paynesville Area Health Care System, will be held from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Mon- day, Nov. 21, at the Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville. The annual holiday blood drive is in need of all blood donor types, along with volunteers for registra- tion and serving lunch. To register online for the Paynesville blood drive, visit www.redcrossblood. org, and enter the 56362 zip code, or call the Paynesville Lab and ask for Renae at (320) 243-7751. Some simple tips for having a successful blood donation are: Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet Get a good night's sleep and drink an extra 16 oz. of water prior to giving Eat a healthy meal before donating Remember to bring your donor card, driver's license or two forms griD The American Red Cross esti- mates that for every single dona- tion, up to three lives can be saved. The staff of Paynesville Area Health Care System appreciates the support of its area residents in making this another successful, life-saving blood drive. Girl Scouts hosting coat exchange The Kimball Girls Scouts are hosting a coat exchange for the community. They are currently accepting gently used and new coats as well as mittens, gloves, scarves and hats. Collection boxes have been set up at the following local businesses: Mom's Caf6, South Haven Diva's, Kimball Triple R Grill & Bar, Kimball Son of a Butcher, Kimball Main Street Pub, Kimball Looking for ? I a way to save. You need to insure both your auto and your home, .m  ..y. f-I so why not save money in 39AMoo Drive#31 the process? Call today for Kimboll, MN 55353-0010 (320) 398-3645 a free, no-obligation look at auto and home discounts from American Family Amedcan Family Mutual Insurance Company and its Subadiaries American Standard Ic,,su ra rice Company of wisconsin American Standard Insurance Company of Ohio Amencan Fatuity Insurance Company Hc Ota -- Md, wl s3ra3 2008 001726 -- Rev. 11/08 Aqua Lanes, Kimball You can also drop them off at the Experience Room in Kimball Elementary School. Coats will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 15. If you are in need of a winter coat, come to the Kimball Elemen- tary Experience Room between 2-6 Tuesday, Nov. 15. This event is open to all local families who are in need of a winter coat. Please stop by and pick one out. I Chili]cornbread/beverageandbar Soup alternative w[breadstick availa Donations to the Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church (KALC) Sunday Afternoon T,,=tz SuuJay, November 13, 3 Inn to 7 Inn Sauk Rapids VFW 901 North Benton Drive Delicious desserts Silent Auction Door Prizes Tickets: $5 in advance, 7 at door 0 . Contact Sherri @ 252-8161 [ Andy is a Senior at SRRHS. He is the ddest son of John & Shirley Zwack, & big ] brother to Johnny & Eric. On Friday, October 14, Andy was in a terrible motorcycle [ accident in Sauk Rapids where he mffered life threatening injures. He and his family] have a long road to recow/ahead of him. His family needs our community support. ] I= ----'/Je, o Ill ,,e 1 Sunday, Nov. 13, Serving 9 am-1 pm St. Ignatius Church 35 Birch St. E. Annandale Belgian Waffles toppings galore/ Sausage, Nicaraguan & Juice (Carry-out available) Adults: $7 Children (6-12): $4 Children 5 & under: FREE Proceeds go to help purchase and building supplies to be used in the river '"1 of Tumerin, Nicaragua. " ! I For information, call :320"274"3512 .I I .............................. A ........ .... _ ...................... I