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An annual event signifying the holidays are just around the corner, is being held this weekend. The Winner Regional Foundation Board’s annual Holiday Festival will be held this Saturday, December 5th, at St. Mary’s Hall. The event kicks off with a wine and beer social at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30.

Throughout the evening, many fun activities take place, all in the name of charity. The purpose of the Holiday Festival is to raise money to advance the quality of healthcare in the region through the support of Winner Regional Healthcare Center. The proceeds from this year’s Festival will be used to purchase a blanket warmer for the outpatient department and an autoclave sterilizer to benefit the entire facility. There are several opportunities throughout the night to help support this worthwhile cause.

The Merry and Bright Ornament Sale is an opportunity to purchase 1 of 125 ornaments for $25. Each ornament is entered into a drawing to win 1 of 15 great prizes. Ten of Santa’s best stockings are up for auction throughout the night. Each stocking ranges in value from $300 to over $500 in cash or merchandise! A very popular fundraiser is the 12 Days of Christmas. Twelve beautiful ornaments are sold throughout the Live Auction and one winner’s name will be drawn to win the grand prize of a Holy Family nativity scene, with real cloth attire adorning figurines up to 3’ tall.

Bubbles and Bling is an exciting new fundraiser this year that pairs champagne and diamonds! 100 glasses of champagne will be sold for $20 each. Each glass is numbered and one number will be drawn as the winner of a ¼ carat twinkling diamond pendant, sponsored by Riddle’s Jewelry, with a retail value of $855.

Each year, various community partners are extremely generous in their support of the Holiday Festival and donate a wide variety of wonderful items for the Silent and Live Auctions held at the Festival. Items range from the latest in flat screen TVs, to shotguns and unique, handcrafted furniture. Following the Live Auction, guests can celebrate with some dancing or simply enjoy the music and holiday atmosphere.

“We have a lovely meal planned, a beautiful, festive atmosphere created and many wonderful items to win. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season, and it’s all for a great cause!” states Jody Sperlich, Foundation Director.

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Heavy Snow Brings Snow Alert

When the snow starts piling up like it was Monday and going into Tuesday, you know the city of Winner will be issuing a snow alert.

A snow alert is issued if there is more than three inches of snow or if the street department determines that snow needs to be removed from the public streets. The alert will be announced on the local TV news channels and radio stations.

There is no parking on streets during a snow alert. Once the street has been cleared of snow curb to curb, persons can park on the street. Parking on the street before the street is cleared may result in a $25 fine.  Sidewalks must be cleared in the downtown business district 48 hours after it stops snowing. If the sidewalk is not cleared the city may clear it and the business will be billed $40.

Even if a snow alert is not issued, persons are asked to keep their sidewalks clear to provide a safe walking route.

Persons can get snow alert messages on their smart phones. They just have to call the city office at 842-2606 and sign up for a text or e mail. This is not only for snow alerts but also for water shut off, power outage and severe weather.

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Major Renovations Planned for Healthcare Center

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Major renovations at Winner Regional Healthcare Center were outlined in a public meeting Nov. 24 at the hospital.

Winner Regional is filing an application with the USDA for loan assistance to fund the building expansion.

Several persons attended the meeting and listened to architect present plans for the healthcare center.  Josh Ripplinger and Leo Monster of the firm Horty-Elving, a Wold Co., Minneapolis, Minn., presented plans for the construction at the healthcare center. The Minnesota firm is the architect for project.  Also attending the meeting was Steve Larson, who serves as the owners representative.

The new construction will take place on the west side of the hospital campus. The main entrance will be on Harding and 8th St.  The Winner Regional Clinic attached to the hospital. Once the new construction is completed, the current clinic will not be used for seeing patients.  Plans are still in the works what will go into the current clinic building.  Ripplinger explained the construction will include a second operating room and a new emergency room in the southwest area of the healthcare center.  The old 1947 hospital wing will be torn down to make room for the new construction.

The estimated cost of the project is $16 to $17 million.  “The changes will provide a better patient experience,” said Ripplinger.


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