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HOLIDAY AT HOME PART 2

If you haven't read Part 1, click here to do so.

 

The family of six stood in the living room where they had spent many holiday seasons before, arms wrapped around each other, all dressed up for Christmas Day. There were no forced smiles here, only genuine happiness, love and no doubt thankfulness for the moment they were in.

SWITCH AT VALLEY ELECTRIC

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

Fifty-five years after Orville A. Waltner established Valley Electric Service as his own business — named for Valley Township south of town, where Waltner lived — the Freeman-based business is under new ownership.

Ryan Sorensen has purchased it from Ted Pidde Jr., in a sale that was finalized Tuesday, Dec. 29.

HOLIDAYS AT HOME

For many, the year 2020 will be remembered for the coronavirus pandemic that significantly altered life as it had been known. For one rural Freeman family, however, the year will be remembered for something else — one where a husband and father nearly lost his life, only to overcome the threat of death through perseverance, support from family and friends, great care from the larger medical community and unwavering faith, prayer and belief in a larger purpose.

SALEM HOME BEING VIGILANT

The following was submitted by the Salem Mennonite Home in Freeman and signed by its administrator, Shirley Knodel.

Salem Mennonite Home (SMH) has been vigilant since the onset of the pandemic in an effort to keep our residents and staff safe from COVID-19. These measures came from recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the South Dakota Department of Health, Freeman Regional Health Services (FRHS) and Avera.

FREEMAN SCHOOL BOARD REVISITING MARION CONVERSATION

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

One month after showing little interest in what a possible partnership with neighboring Marion could look like — sports cooperation in the short-term and, later, school cooperation — officials from Freeman Public agreed to revisit the issue with the help of Tom Oster, who works with school districts on long-term planning and has his own consulting firm based in Volga.

CREATIVE WITHIN

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

The home in which Lee Friesen was raised in the 1970s and 80s was one that encouraged creativity. Growing up at 113 N. Elm in Menno, Lee and his siblings — older sisters Catherine, Mieca and younger brother Shawn — were always invited to express themselves and go after whatever it was that piqued their interest.

PANDEMIC PARADIGM - A COMMENTARY ON COVID-19

Personally, I think it’s an exciting time to be in healthcare.

Hear me out. Work used to be almost monotonous. Routine. Ear infection? Chest pain? Appendicitis? Go through the system. Whatever the issue was, be it medical or surgical, there’s usually a pathway. Go here. Follow-up there. If this, then that. ER. Admit to the hospital. Discharge. Physical therapy. Go through the system.

KEEP CURRENT INELIGIBILITY POLICY IN PLACE ... FOR NOW

The Freeman Public School Board made no change to its ineligibility policy at a special meeting held via Zoom Thursday night, Dec. 10, but may consider additional leniency because of COVID-19 challenges in the future.

CITY TO HOLD HEARING FOR LIQUOR LICENSE FOR MIMI'S DINER

According to a public notice printed on page 9B in this week's Courier, the city of Freeman will consider issuing an on-sale liquor license to Mimi’s Diner when it holds its second meeting of the month Wednesday, Dec. 16. The notice lists the location of Mimi’s Diner as 239 S. Main; that’s the building that is currently home to Doc’s Mess Hall and was Delicious Flavor Bakery and The Kairos before that. The Dec. 16 hearing will come less than three weeks after Josue “Sway” Torres announced he would be closing Doc’s Bar and Mess Hall Jan. 2.

REVIEW SHOWS HIGH MARKS FOR OAKVIEW TERRACE

Freeman Regional Health Services (FRHS) Oakview Terrace nursing home received a visit on Dec. 1 from a representative from the South Dakota Department of Health. These surveyors are being sent to SD health care facilities as part of the state commitment to take critical steps to ensure health care facilities are prepared to respond to the threat of COVID-19.