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Vol. 14, No. 1 The Official Newsletter of Rice County July 2009
Disposal Program Will Collect,
Incinerate Unneeded Medications
A medication disposal program slated to begin Sheriff Richard Cook. It also keeps “gateway
operation in the fall of 2009 has the potential drugs” out of the hands of anyone who might
to improve the health of all the county’s abuse them. Properly incinerating them puts
residents – including area wildlife. them permanently out of reach, as well as
“Take It to the Box,” a program developed keeping them out of the environment.
by Rice County’s Chemical Health Coalition “We’re not interested in who’s depositing
(CHC), will enable residents with outdated or what or why,” adds Cook. “If you have medi-
unneeded over-the-counter, prescription and cines you don’t need in your home, the boxes
animal medications to deposit them in locked will be secure places in which to dispose of
boxes located in public access areas of the them. If you find bags of plant material or pills
Visit us at the Fair! Faribault and Northfield Police Departments. you can’t identify, you can deposit those, too,
Several Rice County depart- Later they will be transported to approved confidentially, no questions asked.”
ments will have booths at facilities and incinerated at high temperature,
this year’s fair. Be sure to preventing them from being misused and Pharmaceutical Proliferation, Pollution
stop by and visit with staff from harming the environment. Almost every household has medicine left-
members from: “It’s important for people to know how to overs of some kind. The directions on the
• Attorney’s Office safely use and store medications,” notes Mary prescription said “take as needed” and your
• Extension Office Ho, director of the Rice County Public child only needed a few doses. You had an
• Public Health Health Department and a member of the adverse reaction to a medication, your doctor
• Sheriff’s Office CHC. “They also need a safe and convenient told you to stop taking it immediately, and
• Social Services way to dispose of them when they’re no longer now you’ve got a month’s supply that can’t be
needed. That is what ‘Take It to the Box’ is used. You became the caregiver for an ailing
designed to provide.” relative and found drawers full of out-of-date
Getting rid of surplus medications reduces pills and potions.
chances for accidents, notes Rice County See Medication Disposal Program, page 2
2 County Job Openings BUCKLE UP:
3 Clear Water Legacy Motorists, Passengers Not Wearing Seat Belts Can
Passport Applications Now be Stopped, Ticketed by Law Enforcement Officers
4 Rice County Seat belts have long been mandatory in
Minnesota, but law enforcement officers had
motorists injured in crashes have hospital
charges 60 percent greater than those of
not been allowed to stop a vehicle solely motorists wearing belts. Michael Campion,
How to Contact Your because of a suspected seatbelt violation. That DPS commissioner, says that while a majority
Rice County Officials changed on June 9 when Minnesota’s primary of Minnesotans use their seat belts (87 per-
seat belt law went into effect. Drivers and cent), those that don’t account for half of all
passengers in all seating positions must now motorist traffic deaths annually. Each year
www.co.rice.mn.us be buckled up or in the correct child restraint around 200 unbelted motorists are killed in
or face the possibility of being stopped and Minnesota, and another 400 unbelted
Dundas • Faribault ticketed. motorists suffer life-altering injuries.
The new law will increase belt-use compli- When a vehicle is stopped, all unbelted
Lonsdale • Morristown
ance, preventing traffic deaths and injuries, motorists 15 years of age or older may receive
Nerstrand • Northfield says the Minnesota Department of Public a citation and fine. The fine for not wearing a
Warsaw • Webster Safety (DPS). The law is also likely to reduce seat belt is $25, but with court fees reaches
state health care costs, since unbelted more than $100.
Page 2 RICE COUNTY REPORT July 2009
On the Web Medication Disposal Program
Continued from page 1
Apply For County When you wanted to dispose of these med-
Job Openings ications responsibly, you were often told to flush
them down the toilet, even though wastewater
Interested in working for Rice treatment plants are not capable of removing
County? Openings are not fre- all these compounds. Waterways around the
quent in the current economic nation now routinely contain trace residues of
climate, but you can arrange
everything from aspirin and antidepressants
to be notified when there is
one in your area of interest. to cholesterol-lowering drugs and narcotics.
To view openings, go to Fish and other wildlife are developing antibi-
http://agency.government otic resistances and showing signs of endocrine
jobs.com/rice/default.cfm (hormone) disruption and other problems.
To request to be notified of To reduce environmental impact, in recent you want (e.g., black out or cut out your name
job openings, go to: http:// years the White House Office of National and address), but leave the name of the drug.
agency.governmentjobs.com/ Drug Control Policy has advised people to This will aid sorting. (Controlled substances
rice/default.cfm?action=open throw unwanted medications in the trash after have to be transported and treated differently
jobrequest&EmployerID= mixing them with an undesirable substance than other materials.)
1490. Check the box next to such as used kitty litter and sealing them in an What will happen to medicines that are
each job category for which
impermeable container. deposited? The boxes will be emptied regularly
you would like to receive
e-mail notifications (they range “Doing this undoubtedly limits the release by police officers and their contents placed
from accounting and finance, of drugs into landfills,” says Mary F. Nelson, a under lock and key. Several times a year the
administration, administrative member of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force medicines will be sorted and transported to
assistant and attorney to pub- on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use, the CHC approved incinerators, where they will be
lic works, safety and waste action team which spearheaded development safely destroyed.
management). Fill out the of the new program. “But we decided that
“Job Interest Card” section, there had to be an easier method, one that Learn More at the Fair
then click the “Submit would spur greater participation.” You can learn more about “Take It to the Box”
Request” button. For 12 They discovered that Washington State at the Rice County Fair. A prototype of the box
months, you will receive an will be on display at the Rice County Sheriff’s
had a program that enabled residents to bring
e-mail each time a matching
Rice County position opens. unwanted drugs to designated pharmacies. booth, and members of the CHC will hand
You’ll need an e-mail address Unfortunately, the program couldn’t collect out fact sheets and answer your questions.
in order to use this service. substances like oxycodone and other drugs Another information session will be held
Since all applications are now often misused and abused by young people – Tuesday, August 4, during Minnesota Night to
completed online, you’ll also because federal law requires that controlled Unite activities in Faribault and Northfield.
need one to apply. You may substances be handled by police officers or The CHC is getting the word out in other
sign up for a free one at many someone registered with the DEA. ways, too. It is preparing information for use
sites, including Yahoo (www. The task force finally found the answer it in area pharmacies, schools, youth organiza-
yahoomail.com), Hotmail (www. was looking for close to home – in a Chisago tions, churches, business groups, health care
hotmail.com) and Google providers, environmental groups and county
County program that collected medicines at
the Sheriff’s Office in Center City, Minn. The social services, as well as text that will be posted
To apply using the online
job application, you’ll need to CHC modeled the “Take It to the Box” pro- on the Rice County web site when the program
create an account by going to: gram on the Chisago one and made it more is rolled out in mid-September.
https://www.governmentjobs. convenient by implementing it in two cities,
c o m / j s _ l o g i n . c f m ? & To p instead of just one. For More Information
Header=rice& Rice County guidelines are still being For more information about “Take It to the
After your account is developed, notes Nelson. At the moment, Box,” phone 507-333-6813 (Faribault program)
established, begin by clicking however, the program plans to accept over- or 507-664-3524 (Northfield program).
on the “Build Job Application” the-counter medications, herbal remedies For general information on medicine
link. This application can be and vitamins as well as prescription drugs for disposal, visit the Minnesota Pollution
saved and used to apply for
people, pets and farm animals. It will accept Control Agency’s web site (www.pca.state.mn.
more than one job opening.
Online applications are stored inhalers, ointments and liquids in leak-proof us/waste/hhw/pharmaceuticals.html).
on a secure site. Only author- containers. It will not accept medications For information about the presence and
ized employees and hiring from businesses. impact of pharmaceuticals in the environ-
authorities have access to the How should you package materials that ment, visit the U.S. Geological Survey
information submitted. you are depositing? You can put them in a (http://toxics.usgs.gov/regional/emc/) or the
paper bag, but leave medications in their U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Produced by Graffics Design original containers whenever possible, says (www.epa.gov/ppcp/).
and Ashmore Ink. the CHC. Remove personal information if
July 2009 RICE COUNTY REPORT Page 3
Clean Water Legacy Grant Underwrites County Profile
Septic Inventory of Roberds Lake Watershed
Clean Water Legacy funds from the State dwelling or other establishment.” Bringing
of Minnesota enabled Rice County to begin these into compliance will not only reduce
last year to inventory area septic systems, hazards to human health but may also
with the aim of identifying those that pose contribute to improvements in lake quality.
threats to public health. The project began in In May, staff began an inventory of the
the Roberds Lake Watershed, because in remaining 616 parcels (167 of them undevel-
2006 Roberds Lake was placed on the Clean oped) of the watershed. They plan to survey
Water Act’s 303(d) list of waters impaired by the remainder of Wells Township (1,200
nutrient runoff, algae blooms, poor water parcels total) eventually and will apply for
quality, and a dominance of rough fish and grant funds to inventory the rest of the county. Tracy McBroom
other poor qualities. Further information on the project and Veterans’ Service Officer
In all, the county inspected 333 parcels on septic systems can be found at www.
last year, of which 14.6% had systems co.rice.mn.us/planning/rlwproject.php or by “I enjoy meeting and talking
deemed “imminent health threats,” i.e., contacting the Rice County Environmental with our veterans,” says Tracy
McBroom. “They fought for
systems that cause “ground surface or surface Health and Water Resource Management
the freedoms we have today,
water discharges or sewage backup into a Division at 507-332-6113. and it is an honor to hear their
McBroom, who became
the county’s veterans’ service
Applying for a Passport? Apply Early officer on January 12, 2009, is
responsible for assisting area
The best advice when applying for a U.S. 320 N.W. Third Street (open 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.), veterans, their dependents
passport is apply early! During peak times, and a satellite office at Northfield City Hall, and survivors – helping them
it can take 10 weeks or longer to process an 801 Washington Street (open on the second apply for benefits provided by
the State of Minnesota and the
application, but times vary. (Expedited service and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:15–
U.S. Department of Veterans
is available, but that can take 3–6 weeks plus 10:30 a.m.). Affairs, arranging transporta-
additional fees.) You can find current applica- For application forms and information on tion to the Minneapolis VA
tion processing times at www.travel.state.gov, applying for a passport or “passport card,” Medical Center, and providing
the U.S. Department of State web site. which is a lower-cost, limited use (land and referrals to a variety of other
The good news for Rice County residents sea only) alternative designed for use by those public and private programs.
is that there are two places to submit your living close to U.S. borders, visit www.co. McBroom has some stories
application: the Recorder’s Office in the rice.mn.us/recorder/passport.php or the U.S. of her own to tell. Born and
Government Services Building in Faribault, Department of State web site noted above. raised in Pemberton, Minn.,
after high school she joined
the U.S. Air Force. There she
earned a bachelor’s degree in
professional aeronautics from
Attention, Veterans: Northfield Office Hours Embry Riddle Aeronautical
University and two associates
The Rice County veterans’ service officer is office. The office is open from 9 a.m. to noon. degrees. Her 20 years as an
available in Conference Room C, Northfield If you have any questions, contact Rice air traffic controller included
City Hall, every Thursday morning for veter- County Veterans’ Service Officer Tracy service in Berlin a year after
ans who are unable to get to the Faribault McBroom at 507-645-9576 or 507-332-6176. the Berlin Wall fell and in
Aviano, Italy, during the war
in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
After they retired from the
Air Force in 2005, McBroom
Visit Public Health Visit our booth and her husband, Tom, moved
at the Fair! to Minnesota. A special agent
at the Fair! July 14–19, 2009 in the Office of Special Investi-
gations, where he worked
Rice County Public Health will be in the Licensed Providers: Please stop by our booth on counter intelligence and
Gymnastics Building at the fair. This year’s for a free token of our appreciation for your counter espionage cases, Tom is
theme is “Summer Safety and Outdoor Fun!” care of adults/children in Rice County. now a sergeant with the Rice
They’ll have their famous spin-the-wheel For more information about becoming a County Sheriff’s Department.
game, free giveaways and drawings for some licensed provider for child care or adult/child They have four children:
great prizes. foster care, please call 507-332-6115 or visit Dallas and Landry, 10, Grant,
our web site at www.co.rice.mn.us 7, and Troy, 5.
Rice County Government Services Building PERMIT NO. 21
320 N.W. Third Street
Faribault, MN 55021
Page 4 RICE COUNTY REPORT July 2009
Contacts Phone Numbers Rice County Departments
General Information 507-332-6100 Administrator Gary Weiers
Toll-Free Numbers (do not dial “1” or area code) 507-332-6101 firstname.lastname@example.org
From Northfield 645-9576 Assessor Paul Knutson
From Lonsdale 744-5185 507-332-6102 email@example.com
Attorney Paul Beaumaster
Rice County Standing Meetings Auditor/Treasurer Fran Windschitl
Board of Commissioners
Community Corrections Director James Haas
Meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month as
a Committee of the Whole/Work Session, 8:30 a.m.,
Commissioners’ Room, Rice County Government Court Administrator Robert Langer
Services Building. 507-332-6107 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rice County Board Economic Development Director
Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month
of Commissioners as a Regular Board, 8:30 a.m., Commissioners’ Room, Deanna Kuennen
(as of January 1, 2009) Rice County Government Services Building. 507-332-6126 email@example.com
Extension Educator Brad Carlson
District 1 Planning Commission 507-332-6109 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Gillen Meets the first and third Thursdays of the month,
7:30 p.m., Commissioners’ Room, Rice County Highway Engineer Dennis Luebbe
Government Services Building. 507-332-6110 email@example.com
Human Resource Manager Kerie Anderka
Board of Adjustment 507-332-6123 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month;
Galen Malecha Information Technology Director Sherry Hiller
7:00 p.m., Commissioners’ Room, Rice County
507-645-6041 507-332-5968 email@example.com
Government Services Building.
Parks/Facilities Director Joe McGough
Community Corrections Advisory Board 507-332-6105 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3 Meets the third Thursday of even-numbered months
Milt Plaisance (February, April, June, August, October, December), Planning & Zoning Director Julie Runkel
507-334-7612 3:30 p.m., Rice County Government Services Building. 507-332-6113 email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Public Health & CHS Director Mary Ho
Community Health Services
District 4 Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Steve Bauer Meets the fourth Wednesday every other month Recorder Marsha DeGroot
507-334-9700 (January, March, May, July, September, November), 507-332-6114 email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org 6:30–8:00 p.m.; call 507-332-6111 for location. Sheriff Richard Cook
Emergency Medical Services Provider Council
District 5 Meets quarterly, 7:00–9:00 p.m.; call 507-332-6119 Social Services Director Mark Shaw
Jeff Docken for meeting date and location. 507-332-6115 email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Mental Health Advisory Council Solid Waste Director Michael Cook
Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, 12:00 p.m. 507-332-6833 email@example.com
(noon), Friendship House, located at 212-B Central Veterans’ Service Officer Tracy McBroom
Avenue, Faribault. 507-332-6176 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2009 RICE COUNTY REPORT Fair Insert
2009 Rice County Fair Calendar
TUESDAY, JULY 14 FRIDAY, JULY 17
Exhibits & Barns – All Day Exhibits & Barns – All Day
Midway Open – 5 p.m. Tricia & The Toonies – 11:30 a.m.
Fair Queen Coronation – 7 p.m. Midway Open – 12 p.m.
Enduro Auto Races – 7 p.m. Extreme Bull Riding – 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 SATURDAY, JULY 18
Exhibits & Barns – All Day Exhibits & Barns – All Day
Midway Open – 3 p.m. Midway Open – 12 p.m.
Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull – 6:30 p.m. Bluegrass & Gospel Music Festival –
Minnesota Horse Pulling – 7 p.m. 12:45–10:45 p.m.
Demolition Derby – 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, JULY 16
Exhibits & Barns – All Day SUNDAY, JULY 19
Magic Village – 11:30 a.m. Midway Open – 1 p.m.
Midway Open – 12 p.m. Amateur Talent Contest – 12 p.m.
Truck & Tractor Pull – 6:30 p.m. Working Stock Dog Trial – 1 p.m.
Killer Hayseeds – 8 p.m. Demolition Derby – 6 p.m.
PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE!
136th Annual Rice County Fair Rice County Fairgrounds, Faribault, Minnesota www.ricecountyfair.net July 14–19, 2009
Special Attractions at the 2009 Rice County Fair
It’s time for the Rice County Fair – some eater, juggler, stilt-walker and a comedian laughs, you’ll hear powerful messages of
of the most exciting days of the summer! with many characters. teamwork, respect, responsibility, accept-
Every year, members of the Fair Board Also performing daily are the ance, the importance of education and
work hard to bring different events and Mitchell Marionettes, whose family has our environment and more.
exhibits to the fair. We’ve scheduled kids’ delighted audiences for 40 years. On Saturday, listen to the Bluegrass
activities at the log cabin, a coloring con- Don’t miss Wednesday’s new Guitar & Gospel Music Festival. Six groups
test at the school, an old car show on the Hero competition on the Cannon Stage, (Cedar Valley, Dick Kimmel & Co., Platte
grounds plus weddings in the church on with qualifiers starting at 11 a.m. and Valley Boys, Redhead Express, String
Saturday. Added this year is an exciting finals at 7:30 p.m. Fever, Whistle Stop) will perform nine
new category in the culinary arts division Also on Wednesday is a Minnesota straight hours of bluegrass and gospel
– a homemade wine contest. There are 11 Horse Pulling contest at the grandstand music on two stages: Midway Stage,
different classes of flavors in which you at 7 p.m. This event has not been held in 1–10:45 p.m., and Cannon Stage, 12:45–
can enter. Rice County in over 30 years. The 7:30 p.m. Bring along a chair if you plan
Admission to the Rice County Fair is evening will feature two classes of large to stay for the day.
free! You will be able to see more than work horses pulling for the win, with over Please remember: NO pets, roller
100 commercial exhibits, lots of animals, 15 teams of horses expected. skates, inline skates, skateboards or
and exciting entertainment all week long. At 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Tricia & The bikes are allowed on the fairgrounds.
Here is a preview of just some of the free Toonies perform a free grandstand show (There are exceptions for service animals
entertainment. Be sure to check the full for the kids. A unique mixture of music, and pets allowed for exhibition, demon-
schedule published just prior to the fair. puppets, skits and laughter makes this stration or show.) Please help ensure the
“Kid” Davie will perform three times one of the most talked about family stage safety of all our visitors.
daily from his own stage. A unique, multi- shows in the Midwest. Between the light Enjoy these events and so much more
talented entertainer, he is a magician, fire musical phrases, crazy antics and belly at the 2009 Rice County Fair!
Fair Insert RICE COUNTY REPORT July 2009
2009 Entertainment Lineup
Bruce Sellner Memorial Midway Stage
Tues., July 14 Bridgewater Ramblers
Wed., July 15 Rockin’ Hollywoods
Thurs., July 16 Peter and Paul and the Wendinger Band
Fri., July 17 Sherwin Linton and The Cotton Kings
Sat., July 18 Bluegrass & Gospel Music Festival Every Day – Free Events on the Fairgrounds
Sun., July 19 Amateur Talent Contest “Kid” Davie (3 shows daily)
Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo
KDHL – Cannon Stage Kids’ Exotic Petting Zoo – Zoo Tran
Tues., July 14 D.C. and Hawk Magic Village
Wed., July 15 Guitar Hero Competition Mitchell Marionettes … and much more!
Thurs.–Fri., July 16–17 Lyndon Peterson’s One-Man Band
Sat., July 18 Bluegrass & Gospel Music Festival
Sun., July 19 Jeff Thompson Music
Tues., July 14 Enduro Auto Races – 7 p.m.
Wed., July 15 Minnesota Horse Pulling – 7 p.m.
EVERY DAY – 5 P.M. AND 10:15 P.M.
Thurs., July 16
Thurs., July 16
Magic Village – 11:30 a.m.
N.T.P.A. Truck & Tractor Pull – 6:30 p.m. $1,300 in cash
Fri., July 17
Fri., July 17
Tricia & The Toonies – 11:30 a.m.
Extreme Bull Riding – 7:30 p.m.
given away all week
Sat., July 18 Demolition Derby – 7 p.m. plus Two Grand Prizes:
Sun., July 19 Demolition Derby – 6 p.m.
Win one of two weekend vacations to Treasure
Beer Garden Entertainment — Music 8 p.m.–12 a.m. Island (Red Wing) and Grand Casino (Hinckley)
Tues., July 14 Dweebs
Wed., July 15 Lamont Cranston Drawings Held Every Day (Cannon Stage)
(must be present to win)
Thurs., July 16 Killer Hayseeds
Fri., July 17 Power House
Sat., July 18 Mister Peabody
Stroll the Midway! Over 30 Thrilling Rides!
Ride Specials & Schedule
Tuesday, July 14 – Open 5 p.m.
Power 96 Radio Night
8 Rides for $9.60
Wednesday, July 15 – Open 3 p.m.
Thrill Day! – Reduced Prices
Thursday, July 16 – Open 12 noon
Senior Day, Daycare Day
Special Senior Citizen and Daycare Prices
ort t ti e
Friday, July 17 – Open 12 noon
Pasitsd Rides for the E Kids’ Day – 12–5 p.m.
00 (Special Kids’ Arm Band Price = $15)
Unlim $ nly Saturday, July 18 – Open 12 noon
ce S ale O
dvan -Vee Family Day – 4–10 p.m.
A n d Hy
on’s a (Special Family Arm Band Price = $20)
Sunday, July 19 – Open 1 p.m.
Amateur Talent & Latino Day
(Special Arm Band Price, 3–9 p.m. = $20)