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August 3rd, 2020 News

Lakeside Hideaway Transitions To Mill Street BBQ Co.

By Theresa Nysetvold

The Lakeside Hideaway restaurant in Currie is reopening their dining room this weekend with a new name, updated menu and decor and a renewed enthusiasm for a community weary of pandemic woes.  Owners Matt and Elizabeth Schreier have owned the iconic restaurant for ten years, earning a reputation for outstanding meals and excellent service.  But Elizabeth explained it was time for a change.  “We decided we wanted to focus our menu and concept on the barbeque and smoked items.  It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while and (the Covid-19 mandated closure) gave us an opportunity to do it.”  

Now called the Mill Street Barbeque Company, the menu will feature many favorites such as: brisket, ribs, sandwiches and several popular side dishes along with new choices of mahi-mahi tacos and smoked salmon.  Matt said, “We’re also turning our smoked macaroni and cheese into an entree with a couple different options for toppings.”  Matt added his goal is to be a totally “scratch-made” kitchen and though they aren’t there yet, they are close.

In addition to the menu, the Schreiers have been busy remodeling the dining room.  “When we had to close in March we offered take-out meals but in June we closed completely,” stated Elizabeth.  “That’s when we really tore apart the dining room, changing the lighting, the tables, floors and decor.  When the state of Minnesota allowed restaurants to open we weren’t quite ready, so we are opening up again on July 30th.”  In addition to dining in and curbside pickup, Mill Street Barbeque Company will have a new take-and-bake deli on site.  Matt explained, “Some of the items we’ve removed from the menu will be available in our deli area as a ‘to-go’ option.  We’ve also been working with Painted Prairie Vineyard, making a house-made focaccia bread pizza for them and we’ll be selling those pizzas in our deli as well.”

The past ten years have brought a lot of changes for Matt and Elizabeth, both personally and professionally.  “Matt opened Lakeside ten years ago when we had just started dating,” said Elizabeth.  “In 2012 we were married and now we have two kids.  We’ve learned a lot about how the restaurant has worked for us personally and how it’s worked for our staff.  We were just ready to eliminate the things that haven’t worked as well.”  Matt added, “After running the same business for so long we felt like we wanted to keep it fresh for us too.  Many of our staff have been with us for over eight years and these changes are fun for them as well.  They are motivated and excited and we are so fortunate to have them.  We have a group of about eight people who have really helped us keep our business strong.”  

Mill Street Barbeque Company is located at 101 Mill St. in Currie, and is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 5pm-9pm.  Under current state restrictions dining in is only available with a reservation and curb-side pickup is available.  Call 507-763-3338 for either option.  Enjoy a popular favorite or try something new!  You won’t be disappointed.


Grant Monies Fund MCMC Purchases

By Joanne Bergman 

Much of the discussion at the July meeting of the Murray County Medical Center Board centered around COVID-19. Testing for the virus has increased with 36 positive cases found from the 409 tests given recently. Dr. Snow outlined the timeline for testing and quarantining after exposure to the virus. Immediate testing before the onset of symptoms results in negative results and the use of testing supplies that may be needed later. A public testing event has not been scheduled, as the recent outbreak in the county was not severe enough to meet MDH guidelines. MDH provides the necessary supplies for such a testing event. 

Approval was given for the purchase of a Patient Monitoring System for the Emergency Room. The $63,146 cost will be funded with the MDH grant monies recently obtained. A V60 ventilator to be used for respiratory therapy at a cost of $14,516 will also be funded from that same grant. Other equipment covered by the MDH grant included a Lifepak monitor/defibrillator. An autoclave sterilizer was purchased with COVID funds. A flagpole damaged in an ice storm was replaced with FEMA funds. 

A one year old Heat Exchanger has mal-functioned with the replacement cost considered a valid expense for the COVID grant.  Although the unit is covered by insurance, there will be a $5000 co pay for MCMC. 

Hospital patient numbers and surgeries continue to fall below those of 2019. Clinic visits, therapy and all scans have returned to last years numbers. Total income has dropped over One Million dollars; however expenses have also dropped by nearly the same amount. With the COVID dollars being held as restricted cash they are included in the $8.8M on hand. 

Interim CEO Dale Gillogly informed the board of six applications for the CEO position. They were unable to match an offer given by his current employer to a recent prospect who had local ties.  Sanford Sioux Falls hospitals have seen an increase of patients not COVID related. Currently there are no patients on ventilators with there being 10 in ICU. Pediatrics has seen a drop in patient numbers. Any MCMC COVID patients are transferred to Sioux Falls as we are unable to isolate those beds. Non emergency surgeries would have to be discontinued with the presence of the non isolated virus. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, Gillogly led a discussion to consider a small monetary token of appreciation to those staff members who have been working through the COVID crisis. $29,000 of MDH grant monies would fund this action ranging from $300 for full time down to $100 for casual employees. Approval was given by the Board to do so. 


County Commissioners Meet
Receive Update From MCMC, Talk Covid Precautions And Lightening Strike Damage

Murray County Commissioners met on Tuesday, July 28th. All Board members were present, and the meeting was called to order. The agenda was approved with additions. The meeting minutes from July 21st were reviewed and approved. There was no one present for open forum. 

Heidi Winter presented the Board with this week’s ditch bills. These were reviewed and approved for payment. She also had the 3rd pay application for Judicial Ditch 6/20A in the amount of $216,532.12. This work was approved by the project engineer. The Board approved this payment. Winter next provided an update on County Ditch 22. The pre-trial conference was canceled as the jury trial has been postponed at this time. Winter will provide updates as soon as she gets them, the judge has 90 days to make a decision.

Commissioner Dave Thiner advised the Board that he has gone through the archives and there are 5 credit cards currently. He would like to change things within the County to keep better records of who and what is being charged on these cards. This will allow the Board and Public to know what is getting spent and where. Winter clarified that there are records and they are available in the auditors warrant batch as well as in her office. No action was taken. He also asked about SAWS bills and how they are paid and to whom they are paid. This was discussed, they will reach out to SAWS and get feedback as well as ask them to attend the next Board meeting.

Next on the agenda was Carl Nyquist and the Memorandum of Understanding with DOT for the tower. The agreement had expired, and Nyquist brought an updated one to the Board for approval. This agreement was first established in 2005. It is for the radio communication equipment that is located on their tower. The Board discussed and approved this agreement. The next item he had was the county wide communications drill that is held every year. There is a grant available to help offset the cost of this. Nyquist feels this is an important training for First Responders and EMS. September 26th is the tentative date set for this.

Justin Hoffmann was next on the agenda. He was present to open the quotes for the fairground winter storage. They received 2 quotes. The first one was from Randy Martin with Shetek Marine: Creative Arts $1,000 per year and Commercial Building for $1,400 per year. The second quote was from Mike Voorthems: Creative Arts Building nothing and Commercial Building $250. The high bid was approved for Shetek Marine for both buildings for the next 2-year period. 

Tom Burke, County Administrator, discussed the request for show pens to be used at Jackson. This was discussed. Hoffmann did say there are over 100 pens and they would like to use them all. He questioned the work involved for transport of these and also what would happen if they were damaged? It was agreed to get more information and bring it back to the next Board meeting on August 4th. Hoffmann also asked if he could declare some gates that have collected as surplus. They will go to the Highway 59 auction to be disposed of. This was approved. 

Heath Landsman was next on the agenda. He had one item to discuss with the Board. It was for the purchase of a new vehicle and had a state bid for Ranger Chevrolet for $38,000. This was approved for purchase.

Jason Lohrenz joined the conversation to discuss the damage caused due to a lightning strike on Sunday morning, July 26th. It took out network to most of the one building and then some. They have been able to get back online and replace parts of it but unsure how long it will last. The estimate at this time is $45,000 not including many items in the Sheriff’s Department. Lohrenze continues to find things that need to be replaced and will keep the claim open with the insurance company for the time being. They will continue to test equipment to see if there are any issues. 

The next item on the agenda was an update and 2019 audit review from Jason Overby with Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water. This is done each year for the Board. He went through their audit numbers as well as providing them an update on what has happened in the last year.

Dale Gillogly with MCMC, the interim CEO, provided the Board with an update on the Hospital and COVID-19. Dr. Snow and Lenore Wendorff joined the conversation to be able to discuss the COVID-19 testing that is happening at MCMC. They have done a total of 404 tests with 40 positives, two of these cases did have to seek medical care outside of our community. They did state that the seriousness and the need to be hospitalized is much lower than they originally thought it would be in March. They also discussed when to test the asymptomatic people and when not to. The question ‘when is the right time?’ is commonly asked. MCMC has two different tests they are able to administer at this time. One takes a few days to get results the other comes back in less than 20 mins. They also have the drive-up testing option available to the community.

Burke and Nyquist ended the meeting with the weekly COVID-19 update. They discussed the mask mandate put out by the Governor last week. They are trying to find what works before for our community and county. It’s hard to know how long this will go and if they need to make any temporary areas of protection more permanent. Burke asked, “Do we need to look at permanent partitions?” No action was taken, and they continue to discuss options for longevity. Burke stated: ‘All maintenance staff is currently coming in at 6am and Burke feels this will help keep people from going in and out of offices unnecessarily.’ The back-storage area has also been cleaned out which opens the opportunity to move an office into it. He asked the Board if that’s something they should look into? It was discussed. They also discussed the CARES money and wait to get more direction on the use of these funds.

The Board read their committee reports and the meeting was adjourned.