Amery Hospital and Clinic
announced earlier this year that CEO Mike Karuschak, Jr. will retire Dec. 1.
Today, Debra Rudquist, who has been a leader in health care for over 30 years,
was named his successor. Dr. James
Quenan, chief medical officer of Amery Hospital and Clinic said ‘as a strong
advocate for the local communities we serve, Mike has touched many lives and
hearts over the last 27 years – and mine is one of them’. Karuschak started at Amery Hospital and
Clniic in 1987, and during his tenure, he oversaw the merger of the Family
Medical Clinie and Apple River Hospital in 1998, creating Amery Regional
Medical Center. In Jan. 1014, the center realized another partnership, by
joining HealthPartners and becoming Amery Hospital and Clinic. The facility has
become ond of the largest employers in Polk County and has clinic locations in
four communities. Karuschak said ‘over
the last 27 years I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside an extraordinary
team of individuals – people who give of themselves and deeply care about the
welfare of our patients and families’. Rudquist
began her career in health care as a registered nurse at the Veterans Affairs
Medical Center in Minneapolis, then spent 19 years at Allina Health, where she
held several positions, including executive director of ambulatory services,
and for the past five years has been a leader at Fairview Health Services as
Vice-President for the cardiovascular service line. Rudquist formally begins her employment Oct.
29, and will assume the role of President and CEO Dec. 2nd.
September 4, 2014
City Council Meets
A new downtown parking lot
concept, presented by City Administrator Darcy Long, did not seem to please
everyone in attendance at the regular meeting of the Amery City Council
Long presented three concepts of
ways to create the new parking lot, which included one with 54 spaces, the
other two with less spaces.
Lighting and trees would be
included and Long gave and early estimated construction cost of $150,000.00.
All the concept would run along Center Street and Riverside Blvd.
Mary Lynn Regnier, whose family
owns and operates the Amery Classic Theatre wondered why there would be fewer
spaces than has been stated up till now. Regnier stated that it had been told
prior to this meeting there would be more, and she had counted 67 in the
existing parking area.
Long stated is was not possible to
gain more spaces than perhaps one, under one of the concepts presented. Mayor Kay Erickson then halted the discussion
by going onto discussion of the assessor’s contract, which was awarded to Barb
Semple, who has had the contract for many years. The cost, $26,400 a year at
$2200.00 per month for years 2015-16.
August 29, 2014
Name & Logo
Amery Regional Medical Center
unveiled a new logo and a new name today. Amery Hospital & Clinic.
According to Mike Karuschak,
C-E-O, quote ‘Our hospital has gone through three name changes since 1956, but
none have been as meaningful or profound as this. Sharing the same mission,
vision and values across HealthPartners, reinforces our commitment to our
patients and the communities we serve. Together, we can make a difference and
positively impact the well-being of community members.”
HealthPartners announced the
introduction of a new logo in January, and during that time, Amery Hospital and
Clinic became a part of the organization. The logo is a sign of the HealthPartners
mission, vision and values, that all parts of the organization have adopted on
behalf of its members and patients. This includes Amery Hospital and Clinic
locations, such as Clear Lake, Luck and Turtle Lake clinics as well as the
Fitness Center and West Campus.
Because of the name change, Amery
Hospital and Clinic will begin to transition signage and other materials to the
new logo through the rest of this year and 2015. The former log will continue
to be seen alongside the new logo, but with less and less frequency as the
August 25, 2014
Snow Removal Meeting
The Public Works Committee of the
Amery City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
at City Hall.
The purpose of the meeting is to
hear public comments regarding Amery’s Downtown Snow Removal District program.
The City encourages public
comments at the meeting, via e-mail or regular mail to City Hall.
The Finance Committee of the Amery
City Council will meet this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in Conference Room One at
The agenda includes a Closed
Session under WI statute 19.85 (1)(e), and at its end will re-convene to open
The other agenda items are the
Amery Little League Field proposal and the Raveling Developers agreement.
August 7, 2014
City Council Meets
The Amery City Council met in
regular session yesterday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at
A light agenda was made even
lighter when the Amery Little League Agreement was tabled to allow further work
Jared Cockroft, Democratic
candidate for Polk County Sheriff appeared before the council to give his
qualifications to be Sheriff, noting he had once been a policeman for the City
Bones McCarty, Public Works
Director, introduce the new Assistant Public Works supervisors, Chanz Green.
City Administrator Darcy Long
commented on the goose hunting upcoming later in the year at nine different
zones in the City, noting a map is on the Amery website and will be published
in the Amery Free Press as well.
Long, and Police Chief Tom Marson
commented on the hiring of an Assistant Police chief position that is being
created for the City. That department is losing one of its officers to a job in
Barron, so the city is working on the hiring process, job description and will
be recruiting soon. The Council voted unanimously to move forward with that
August 6, 2014
Yesterday on the ‘On the Marquee’
program on WPCA Radio, Mary Lynn Regnier made a dreaded announcement.
After the theatre’s next game show
night, the Amery Classic Theatre will go on a hiatus period, where the owners
will determine if there is enough interest and support in Amery to continue to
have the theatre in its downtown location.
According to Mary Lynn, the
theatre will show John Wayne in ‘Angel and the Badman’ this Thursday thru
Sunday at regular times, and on Tuesday, will have another of their famous Game
Show Nights, and then the marquee will go dark.
WPCA Radio has learned that last
Thursday thru Sunday, the Theatre played to a total audience of 20 persons in
four days. And that lack of support, coupled with some other actions in the
downtown area, are causing the theatre to go on a hiatus. ‘We can’t afford to
pay to keep it open any longer without local support’, Regnier stated.
The theatre will honor several
party bookings of the facility, and otherwise be dark. Lack of local attendance
is the same reason the theatre closed several times in the past with previous
The theatre and this radio station
have some plans to try to do new things at the theatre in the future, however
both must assess the lack of local support that has caused this latest problem.
August 5, 2014
The Finance committee of the city
of Amery meets at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon in Conference Room One at City Hall.
A Closed Session is scheduled
under statute 19.85 (1)(e), along with an Amery Little League Field proposal,
Raveling Developers Agreement and Cable Franchise Agreement.
Tomorrow (this afternoon), the
Amery City Council has its regular meeting at 5:00 p.m.
Agenda items include the Amery
Little League agreement and the Assistant Police Chief position
July 29, 2014
The Finance Committee of the city
of Amery meets at 8:00 a.m. this morning in Conference Room One at City Hall.
The committee will
consider/discuss convening in Closed Session under statute 19.85 (1)©, the
Assistant Chief position.
July 15, 2014
Beach Open Again
The Polk county Health Department
has informed the City of Amery that the South Twin Lake Beach can re-open.
The beach had been closed for
several days after high coliform bacteria levels were discovered in the water.
July 4, 2014
The WPCA Radio News department reminds all of you of the Fourth of July events in Amery.
For example, the rib feed at the American Legion Hall on Memorial Drive in Amery. They start serving at 10:00 a.m. and will serve till
sold out. And yes, there is a kids menu.
At dusk, the big fireworks display at Soldier’s Field here
in the city. You won’t want to miss it!
July 3, 2014
South Twin Closed
The Polk County Public Health Department has closed the beach at South Twin Lake in Amery, till further
notice. The closing was caused by high levels of coliform bacteria in the
water, which could pose a significant health risk.
The high levels may be caused by
high levels of rainfall washing water fowl waste into the lake.
Remember, no swimming or other
activities on the beach a South Twin Lake in Amery until further notice.
June 10, 2014
Amery Pilot Crashes
A pilot from northwest Wisconsin is doing fine, after a vintage plane crashed at
a fly-in event on Sunday in east central Minnesota. Chisago County sheriff's deputies said a 1936
Tailor J-Two aircraft was trying to land, when it veered off a runway and into
a deep drainage ditch. The pilot, who's
from Amery, escaped injury. The F-A-A is
investigating the mishap. Authorities
said the plane was recently restored.
The crash caused front end damage -- including a broken propeller and
broken landing gear.
June 5, 2014
City Council Meets
A public hearing on a resolution
for closure for pedestrian only use of East Alley downtown, was held yesterday
at 5:00 p.m. at city hall, just prior to the regular meeting of the Amery City
Steve Rosen of Indigo Iris
expressed concern that 70 foot semis could not traverse the alley to be allowed
for deliveries; Greg Williamson of Country Hearth restaurant expressed similar
concern and for nearby parking.
Kris Regnier of the Amery Classic
Theatre was concerned about parking, and walking long distances after dark for
that parking, but also expressed deep concern for the manner in which the
resolution as brought, with little public knowledge or input. The general
consensus of the hearing was non-approval of the plan.
At the regular meeting after the
hearing, the council unanimously dis-approved the resolution.
Other notes from the meeting
include notes from Betty Collins concerning hunger in Polk county and the
Salvation Army Back Pack program. She noted an event coming June 20 at the Fire
Hall in Amery, as a fund raiser for that program.
Tom Stangl of the Free Press noted
Trail Days coming this weekend, and Tom Rogers of the Amery VCFW noted Flag Day
June 14 and being the proper day to dispose of worn unused flags in the proper
manner, and that they will be open for that duty at the VFW on Flag Day at 2:00
June 2, 2014
City Council To Meet
The regular meeting of the Amery City
Council is set for Wednesday, June 4 at 5:00 p.m. in city
The council will hear resolution
4-2014 Closure for Pedestrian-only use a portion of East Alley in downtown
Amery. The council will also discuss/consider convening in Closed Session under
statute 19.85 (1)©.
May 21, 2014
The Plan Commission for the City
of Amery has a
meeting set for tomorrow (this) morning at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall.
The new business on the agenda is
the 2009 Comprehensive Plan – presentation and review of Chapters One and Two.
May 7, 2014
City Council Meets
The Amery City
Council meets in regular session this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the council
chambers at city Hall.
The agenda includes resolution
3-2014 WDNR CMAR report year 2013 Compliance Maintenance resolution. Also on
the agenda, support to pursue land adjacent to Stower Seven Lakes Trail for
future restrooms, a Michael Park Community-Wide event by local area churches,
participation in the Bike Survey of Amery, and Amery Lions Club July 22nd
Circus in North Park.
May 5, 2014
Click It Or Ticket
Amery Police Chief Tom Marson has
announced that the Amery Police Department will mobilize with hundreds of other
law enforcement agencies throughout the state for the annual Click It or Ticket
safety belt enforcement campaign May 19 to June 1.
According to Marson ‘Out officers
will be on the lookout day and night for unbuckled motorists. If you’re not
wearing a safety belt we will stop your vehicle and you will get a ticket’.
In Wisconsin about one of five motorists does
not buckle up, according to the state D-O-T. More than half of drivers and
passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes
in 2013 were not wearing safety belts. Last year there were more than 70,000
convictions for failure to fasten a seatbelt.
April 10, 2014
Amery City Council Meets
The Amery City Council meets next
Tuesday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m. The agenda includes a council member appointment
to fill the vacant seat in Aldermanic District Two….the city of Amery organizational
meeting…and a developers agreement with Resilient Northern Habitats.
April 8, 2014
The Finance Committee of the Amery City
Council meets at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon in Conference Room #1 at city Hall.
There will be consideration of
going into Closed Session under Statute 19.85(1)(e) for deliberating or
negotiating the purchase of public properties, investment of public funds
whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. At the end
of the Closed Session, the committee will re-convene to Open Session.
Also on the agenda, RHN Developers
Agreement-Food Hub Project – Keller Ave.
April 4, 2014
Show To Begin Today
The 11th Annual Spring
Show of home, garden and recreation starts this afternoon at the Amery Ice
Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the public
is urged to come to the Arena to see the kick-off of this year’s show,
sponsored by the Amery Free Press.
In addition to it’s regular
business displays, this year’s show has several demonstrations scheduled,
including straw bale gardening, tying flies for fishing, recycling and on
Sunday a question and answer session on gardening.
Food will be available at the
show, operated by the Amery Hockey Association, and the show runs 5 – 8:00 p.m.
today, 10:00 A.M to 4:00 p.m. tomorrow and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
WPCA Radio will be at the show
again this year and we hope to see and talk to all our friends and neighbors.
April 3, 2014
City Council Meets
Amery Mayor Mike Karuschak
presided over his last meeting of the Amery City
Council yesterday afternoon. Karuschak chose not to seek re-election.
Before getting to the regular
agenda, the Mayor asked City Clerk Fran Duncanson to administer the oath of
office to incoming Mayor Kay Erickson, Alderman Rick Davis and new Alderperson
From the agenda, Public Works
Director ‘Bones’ McCarty advised residents to continue to run their water to
prevent pipe freezing for at least one more week, and noted the crew will be
flushing hydrants beginning next week.
City Administrator Darcy Long
noted that in spite of the collapsed ceiling at Centennial Hall, the building
is safe and there is NOT mold in the building as has been rumored. Long
remarked that there is more mold outside than inside the building.
Kay Erickson noted the Public
Works committee had received the report on the upgrade of the Griffin St. lift
station and it is complete and working properly.
Among other things, Dave Meyers of
the Parks committee noted that negotiations are on-going with the D-N-R to
acquire land opposite the Pavilion in Soo
for public rest room constructions, and the South Twin Beach Party is set for Thursday, June
Under regular business, the
council approved Public Works recommendation for extension of the S-E-H
Engineering Agreement through 2016, and the expenditure of $4,680.00 for
additional insulation at Centennial Hall.
April 2, 2014
In Amery the Spring Election
yesterday brought the following results:
For Mayor, Kay Erickson had 294
votes; write-in votes,one each went to Warren Nelson, Rick Davis, Dave Olson,
Eric Werness, Kelly Sain and Larry Kresl.
Amery School Board, Keith Anderson
with 310; write-ins: one for Eric Helle and two for Dennis Carlson.
Alderman-at-large, Jack Rogers
with 283 votes; Alderperson One to Rick Davis with 120 votes, Alderperson Two
to Julie Riemenschneder with 180 votes. Alderperson writes in were one for George
Doll and one for Sharon Paulson.
At the county level, Warren Nelson
was re-elected as Supervisor for District 12 with 196 votes; Fran Hawksford had
Molly Galewyrick won the Circuit
Judge Branch One with Amery voters with 314 votes; Dave Olson had one write-in
April 1, 2014
Committee To Meet
The Public Works Committee of the
Amery City Council meets at nine this morning in Conference Room One at city
The agenda includes a city hall
lighting bid for the upper level, and update on Centennial Hall insurance water
damage and ceiling collapse, and bid on insulation for the Hall ceiling.
March 13, 2014
City Council Meeting
The Amery City Council met in
regular session yesterday, and made a little history right at the beginning.
For the first time, a council member, Rick Van Blaricom, participated by
conference telephone from Arizona. The
Council approve a new six-year plan for the Airport, which is an upgrade of the
current plan, to meet state requirements. The Council also approved a lease for
the Austin-Healy Club autocross. Payment of soil remediation at Amery Memory
Care was approved in the amount of $7,000.00. A request for a new Fire Chief vehicle by Fire Chief Darrel Christianson
was not approved, but the subject was referred to the Finance committee for
further discussion and evaluation. Council
Member Rick Davis questioned why the towns involved in the Fire Department,
Lincoln, Alden and Black Brook, had not be informed, and wondered if the city
really wanted to create such a policy when it had never provided a vehicle for
the Fire chief until a surplus vehicle was provided for that purpose. Other council members concurred and the
Finance committee will pursue it.
March 12, 2014
City Council Meets
The Amery City Council meets in
regular session this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda includes
Ordinance 1-2014 Combined Municipal Court, Village of Clear Lake, Town of Clear
Lake and City of Amery, as well as an Airport six-year plan, and airport lease
March 11, 2014
The Finance Committee for the City
of Amery will meet at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon in Conference Room #1 at City
Hall. The agenda includes an ordinance
for combined Municipal Court for the Village of Cleat Lake, Town of Clear Lake
and City of Amery. Also, Amery Memory
Care soil remediation claim additional payment request; a new Fire Chief
vehicle request, and Senior Center insurance water damage and ceiling collapse.
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