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,-, Civics field trip page 7 i,h,,,,llI,H,U,l,,lhl,ll,,i,i,ll,,lllll,,h,,a,,lililinU,l,II *****************MIXED ADC 553 SMALLTOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 r r/ '1 Vol. 46 No. 21 $1.00 October 18, 2017 USPS 963-720 Tyler, Minnesota 56178 Avera Tyler flu Avera Tyler was among 149 hospitals and nursing homes from around the state recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among the facility's employees during the 2016-17 flu season. Ninety-nine percent of em- ployees at Avera Tyler received influenza vaccinations during the past season of the Minnesota FluSafe program. Both Avera Ty- ler Hospital and Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home received blue ribbons and ,:ertificates of achievement from Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger for their efforts. The FluSafe program aims to get 100 percent of all health care personnel at hospitals and nurs- ing homes in Minnesota, except those with medical exemptions, vaccinated against influenza each season. According to state health officials, unvaccinated health care workers can poten- tially pass highly contagious in- fluenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications from influenza. "Our patients' health is our top priority," said Kris Vollmer, RN, Director of Patient Care, at Avera Tyler. "Participating in the FluSafe program helps us in- crease employee influenza vac- cination rates and prevent flu from spreading to our patients. We also want all of our employ- ees to be as healthy as possible during flu season:' Of the 149 facilities that par- ticipated in FluSafe this year, 67 reached vaccination rates of 90 percent or greater, 41 reached rates of between 80 and 89 per- cent, and 31 reached rates of be- tween 70 and 79 percent, '7~fter seven years of FluSafe, we continue to be grateful for - and impressed by - the impor- tant steps participating facilities are taking to prevent flu through health care worker vaccination," said Kristen Ehresmann, direc- tor of Infectious Disease Epide- miology, Prevention and Control at MDH, Health care facilities partici- pating in the FluSafe program Avera Tyler continues on page 13 Fall has arrived and Halloween is looming, prompting Tyler residents to display their i;~: " 't~ ~ m Photo creativity throughout the city. by Mark Wilmes RTR students participated in SingFest on Monday at SMSU. By Mark Wilmes tributeeditor@gmail.com The RTR High School Choir was one of several area schools invited to participate in the an- nual SingFest at Southwest Min- nesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall on Monday. A total of 250 area students were part of the mass choir in the event, pre- sented by the Choral and Vocal nng Studies Program at SMSU, Par- ticipation in the event was free to the students. Vocal selections for the day were chosen by SMSU Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Stephen Kingsbury. SMSU student and RTR graduate Illana Peter was one of the section student con- ductors, leading the soprano sec- tion for the day. The men's choir Submitted photo performed "Fergus and Molly," the women's choir performed "Dance on My Heart," and the full choir presented "Shule Aroon" and "River in ludea:' RTR Vocal Instructor Lorilee Malecha said the students have been working on the songs for weeks. "We have been rehearsing SingFest continues on page 5 Big Stone Therapies and Avera Tyler recent- ly welcomed two new members to the local therapy staff in Tyler. Occupational Thera- pist Vickie Lau was raised in Tracy. She re- ceived a Bachelor of Sci- ence degree in health sciences from the Uni- versity of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Da- kota and a Master of Oc- cupational Therapy de- gree from the University of Minnesota in Minne- apolis. Her professional interests include work- ing with patients of all ages with a particular interest in upper ex- tremity injuries, pediat- ric therapy, and wheel- 9 Lau chair fit and seating. In her free time, Vickie en- joys crafts, gardening, golfing and dancing. Physical Therapist Morgan Blasius re- ceived her Bachelor of Science degree in exer- cise science from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Da- kota and a Doctorate of Health and Science de- gree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Her profes- sional interests include working with patients of all ages with particu- lar interest in orthope- Big Stone Blasius continues on page 13 Tyler Tribute Weekend Weather Inilex Local Page 2 Opinion Page 4 Faith Page 11 Classifieds Page 12-13 Sports Page 14 Thursday, Oct. 19 Hi 68 -- Low 52 Sunny Friday, Oct. 20 Hi 71 -- Low 58 Partly Cloudy Saturday, Oct. 21 Hi 65 -- Low 44 Chance of T-Storm Sunday, Oct. 22 Hi 59- Low45 Sunny 124 North Tyler Street, PO Box Q, Tyler, MN 56178 Phone and fax: 507-247-5502 E-mail: tribute@tylertribute.com www.tylertribute.com