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PAGE 16 Thursday, November 28, 2013 ....... .......................... F By ]ean Doran Matua, Editor The Kimball city council held its second meeting in Novem- ber on the 19th. It was a relatively short meeting, much of it spent waiting for the city's engineer. State Rep. Jeff Howe attended the meeting, as an observer. The council and Howe were able to share ideas about transporta- tion, the driver diversion program taught by Kimball Police, and other items of interest to our area. In official business, the city ordered delinquent utilities to be shut off Thursday, Nov. 21. The city will do a rate study before increasing utility rates. And the city needs to re-do its wage scale for pay equity. Kimball extended its water and sewer operator contract for another year. The city pays two individu- als from: Hutchinson $500/month each for their services. They have the required licenses, and work well with city staff. It saves the city in both payroll and benefits, and the job gets done well. Several ordinances and/or amendments are under review by the city's attorney: criminal back- ground checks, special assess- ments, water services, and swim- ming pools. The city engineer was not pres- ent to discuss city hall modifica- tions, so that will be tabled to a future meeting. The next meeting of the Kim- ball City Council will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Anyone may attend these meetings. Contact the city clerk at least a week in advance to be put on the agenda; otherwise, there is an open forum at the end of each meeting. Of note, this was the first coun- cil meeting for newly appointed councilmember Sheryl Carlson. Sheryl Carlson Kathl U.S. Secrefary of Health & Human Services There has been a lot of confu- ensure quality coverage. Those sion about some recent notices to grandfathered plans can stay the consumers from insurance com- same. Nothing has changed this panies that sell coverage in the fact,-and that coverage can con- individual insurance market, and tinue into 2014, so long as both the I'd like to clear up the facts, insurance company and the con- Today, more than three out of sumer agree that it will continue. every four Americans get insur- Fewer than 5 percent of Ameri- ance from an employer, Medicare, cans who currently get insurance Medicaid, or the Veterans Bene- on the individual insurance mar- fits Administration. Americans ket have recently received notices who purchase insurance on their from their insurance companies own, however, generally buy cov- suggesting their plans may no lon- erage in the individual insurance ger exist. These Americans have market, a choice - they can choose a plan Before the Affordable Care Act, being offered by their insurer, or coverage in the individual market they can shop for coverage in the often was unaffordable, had high Marketplace. As insurers have co-phys or deductibles, or lacked made clear- they aren't dropping basic benefits like maternity care, consumers; they're improving: mental health services, and pre- their coverage options, often offer- scription drug coverage. These ing plans that are more affordable. plans also had high turnover rates, Today, consumers have a choice and often were not renewed at of an average of 53 qualifiedhealth the end of a plan year, One study plans in the states where the fed- showed that more than half of eral government runs the Market- enrollees in the individual market place, including those in which it left their plan within a year. does so in partnership with states. The health care law is creat- Nearly all consumers live in states ing new protections for people in with average premiums below ear- the individual market, as well as lier estimates. Moreover, half of strengthening empioyer-based the people in the individual mar- coverage. In the Health Insurance ket today qualify for lower costs Marketplace, consumers will no on monthly premiums when sign- longer be charged more because ing up for coverage through the of gender or a pre,existing con- Marke.tplace. dition, recommended preventive While the product is good, services will be covered with no there is no denying the online additional out of pocket cost, there experience on HealthCare.gou, will be caps on out of pocket costs, must be improved. We will not and plans will have to offer a basic stop improving the site until every package of 10 categories of essen- American that wants it has access tial health benefits, to quality, affordable coverage. Some insurance companies Importantly, while the team is that sell products in the individ- improvingthesite, wehaveopened ual market are making changes up new pathways for consumers to their plans. Plans that were in to apply for coverage through the place before the Affordable Care Marketplace. There are four basic Act passed, and that essentially ways to apply for coverage. Sign up have not changed - that is bene- by Dec. 15, for coverage that starts fits have not been cut or additional Jan. 1, 2014. Enrollment stays open costs imposed on consumers - are until March 31. exempt or "grandfathered" out of these basic requirements thatBy Kathleen Sebelius, Laura Beilke, a community outreach liaison for MNSure, came to Eden Valley to answer questions and concerns about the new Affordable Health Insurance. The event was hosted by and at the Eden Valley Area Library Tuesday evening, Nov. 19. Beilke has been at community meetings across the state making similar presentations. Among those attending the session were insurance brokers, a CPA, a schoolemployee, and unemployed and young adults who are no longer on their parents' insur- ance plans. The Eden Valley Area Library offers free WiFi com- puter access, and computers, for those who want or need to access the MNSure website at Laura Belike of MNSure held a Q&A session about the new Minnesota Affordable Health Insurance hosted by the Eden Valley Area Library. Submitted photo. Local crime blotters EdenValleyMedicalClinic onMeeker Avenue East, Eden Valley. The deputy Fatal car crash in St. Joseph Twp. checked the building and it was all The Stearns County Sheriffs secure. Office received a call of a car crash 5:47 p.m. the Sheriffs Office with injuries at the location of CR 2 responded to a civil dispute at a res- and Minnesota Street in St. Joseph idence on 722nd Avenue, Kingston Township at about 9 a.m Thursday, Township. The deputy made contact Nov. 21. with the homeowner who was advised Aaron Birr, age 58, of Eden Valley options. and owner/operator of Birr Trucking, 7:07 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- was hauling a heavyload of Sand. He patched Watkins Ambulance for was driving his 1984 Mac R-Model a medical at Hilltop Health Care semi,tractor north on County Center, Luella Street, City of Watkins. Road 2. Marcella Cheeley, age 90 of One individual was .transported to Cold Spring, was driving her 1991 St. Cloud Hospital. Chevrolet Corsica. Saturday, November 23 Cheeley was travelling west on 3:16 p.m. the Sheriff's Office Minnesota Street and attempted to checked on unsafe conditions on MN make a left turn onto Co. Rd. 2 when Highway 24 and 285th Street, Forest the semi-tractor collided into the City Township. The deputy removed driver's side of her Corsica, eventually the debris from the roadway. slidingintothewestsideoftheditch. 3:26 p.m. the Sheriff's Office The semi-tractor tipped over and responded to a vehicle unlock at the lost its load. Cheeleywas pronounced Riverside Store on 318th Street, Forest dead on scene and Birr was taken to City, The deputy was able to get the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross. The vehicle unlocked. St. Joseph Police Department, State 6:04 p.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- Patrol, and St. Joseph Fire and Rescue patched the Eden Valley Rescue also assisted with the scene. The acci: Squad, per the request of the Stearns dent remains under investigation. County Sheriff's Office, for a report Wright County Sheriff's Office of a medical at a residence on 228th Nov. 18, Cory William Lyons, 24 of Avenue, Eden Lake Township. Waverly, was arrested in Maple Lake 9:10 p.m. the Sheriff's Office on a Dakota County warrant for pro- received information regarding a bation violation, southbound driving complaint in Nov. 18, Raleigh Dean Marble, 20 the area of MN Highway 15 and 305th of Rockford, was arrested in Rockford Street, Kingston Township. The infor- on a Wright County warrant for marion was also shared with the MN underage drink and drive. St Patrol. Nov. 18, Michael Kevin Johnson, Friday. November 22 28 of Maple Lake, was arrested in 12:17 a.m. the Sheriff's Office Monticello Township on a Sherburne responded to a dog complaint at a County warrant for disorderly residence on Meeker Avenue South, conduct. City of Watkins. The deputy checked Nov. 19, Joy Kristin Krautkremer, on the dog and found it to be in good 36 of Clearwater. was arrested in healthandwellcaredfor. Clearwater Township on the charge 8:51 a.m. the Sheriff's Office of third-degree DWI. responded to and dispatched Dassel Nov.20,SamanthaKayeSmithson, Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance 24 of South Haven, was charged with to a medical at a residence on MN felony theft. Highway 15, Kingston Township, No Nov. 20, Billy Curtis Harrison, 22 transport was needed. of Annandale ,was arrested in Buffalo 12:33 p.m. the Sheriff's Office on a Wright County warrant for responded to a report of an aggres- receiving stolen property. . sive dog in the area of County State There were 25 property-damage"Aid Highway 19, North Kingston accidents, 3 hit-and-run accidents, Township. The dog was gone on and 17 car-deer accidents, arrival of the deputy. There was 1 arrest for DWI, 1:25 p.m. Eden Valley Rescue 11 underage-consumption arrests, called out at a medical occUrring on 2 sehoolbus stop-arm violations, and Brooks Street, Eden Valley. A short 38 tickets for miscellaneous traffic time later Watkins Ambulance was violations reported this week. requested, one individual was trans- Meeker County Sheriff's Office ported to the St. Cloud Hospital. Sunday.November24.2013 11:18 p,m. the Sheriff's Office 1:51 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received information regarding a responded to a driving complaint in propertydamage accident with adeer the area of MN Highway 55 and MN in the area of MN Highway 22 and Highway 22, Manannah Township. 180th Street, Greenleaf Township. The deputy checked the area and The information was relayed to the found that the vehicle had left prior to MN St Patrol. arrival. Thursday. November 21 9:47 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- 4:01 a.m. the Sheriffs Office patched Eden Valley Rescue and responded to an alarm at a resi- Watkins Ambulance to a medical at dence on 587th Avenue, Manannah a residence on Church Street North, Township. The deputy found all to be Eden Valley. One individual was okayanditwasafalsealarm. transported to Paynesville Hospital. 11:03 a.m. the Sheriff's Office 9:49 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a dead deer responded to and dispatched Watkins on US Highway 12, Dassel Township. Fire Department to a report of a tree on Upon arrival of the deputy a deer pos- fire at a residence on 1st Street North, session tag was issued. Watkins. No damage was reported. 1:17 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- 11:46 a.m. the Sheriff's Office patched Watkins Ambulance and responded to a report of an alarm at the Eden Valley Rescue Squad to a medical on County Road 9 and County Road 21, Eden Lake Township in Stearns County. One individ- ual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. 4:40 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to and dispatched Watkins Ambulance and the Eden Valley Rescue Squad to a medical at a residence on MN Highway 22, Manannah Township. One individ- ual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. 6:08 p.m. the Sheriffs-Office responded to a driving complaint in the area of County State Aid Highway 2 and 380th Street, Forest Prairie Township. The deputies checked the "area and found that the vehicle had left prior to their arrival. Wednesday November 20 3:19 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to " and dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medi- cal at an address on Church Street, Watkins. One individual was treated at the scene and no transport was needed. 9:07 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of child maltreat- ment at a residence on 725th Avenue, Kingston Township. The information was referred to Meeker County Social Services. 7:14 p.m. the Sheriffs Office received a report of a dog complaint on CentralAvenue North, Watkins. 7:51 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to and issued a deer pos- session tag for a deer that was hit on County State Aid Highway 34, Litchfield. 9:19 p.m. the Sheriffs Office responded to and took a report of sus- picious activity near a residence on Stearns Avenue North, Watkins. Tuesday. November 19 9:08 a.m. the Sheriff's Office assisted the public on MN Highway 24, Kingston Township. 7:34 p.m. while on patrol a deputy came across a stalled vehicle on MN Highway 15 near County State Aid Highway 21, Kingston Township. The deputy determined it was a car/deer accident with no injuries and the MN State Patrol was en route to assist. Monday. November 18 4:28 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to assist the Stearns County Sheriffs Office with a report of a disturbance at a residence on Hillside Drive, City of Eden Valley. 4:42 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Eden Valley Rescue Squad and Watkins Ambulance for a medi- cal at a residence on Stearns Avenue East, (2ity of Eden Valley. One indi- vidual was transported to St Cloud Hospital, 7:53 a.m. the Sheriffs Office responded to a driving complaint on Hyneman Avenue East, Eden Valley. The vehicle was gone upon the depu- ty's arrival. 8:29 a.m. the Sheriffs Office assisted the MN State Patrol with a vehicle pursuit on County State Aid Highway 30, Manannah Township. 9:03 p,m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Watkins Ambulance and Eden Valley Rescue for a medical at an address .on Hyneman Avenue East, Eden Valley. One individual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital.