Memorial Memories Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:05:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Memorial Memories 32 32 Obituary of Sheila Fleming (1941-2021) – Springfield, OR Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:07:54 +0000

The memorial service for Sheila has been postponed and will not be held on January 22nd. Please stay tuned for the new date and time.
Sheila Fleming, 80, moved to live with our Heavenly Father on November 28, 2021. She was born on November 26, 1941 in Volga, SD to Lyle and Velma Eggebraaten. She enjoyed maintaining childhood friendships throughout her life. She moved to Marysville, California, graduated from Marysville High School in 1959 and attended Yuba College in Marysville, California.
Sheila was a pianist, soloist and built and played her own ukulele. She was particularly fond of Hawaiian music and dance, and also took part in square dancing. Sheila worked at The Bowling Green in Cottage Grove, OR in the late 70’s and 80’s and later became a bowling owner. She was a talented seamstress and craftswoman in general, including tole painting, knitting and cake decorating, and DIY activities. Sheila loved playing games and being with friends and family, or just staying at home with her husband.
Sheila and her husband Del are members of the Grace Community Fellowship and the Orelane Roamers RV Club. Together they have enjoyed their annual trip to Hawaii, with Kauai being Sheila’s favorite island, where she had the privilege of singing with Hawaiian star Larry Rivera and hula dancing during his performance. Sheila was also a member of the Iron Mango Ukulele Orchestra and the Hawaiian dance group Halau Hula Na Pua O Hawaii Nei.
She is survived by her husband Del; son Jon (Kris) Johnson; daughter Janet Wood; grandsons Michelle (Michael) Wareham, Amy (Joe) Lambert, David Taylor and Heather Taylor; great-grandchildren Katri and Soren Wareham; also her sister Linda (Kim) McDonald; Sister-in-law Cheryl Eggebraaten and numerous nieces and nephews. She is a predeceased of her brother Gale Eggebraaten and her parents Lyle and Velma Eggebraaten.
A memorial service celebrating Sheila’s amazing life will be held at Grace Community Fellowship on January 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the Major Family Funeral Home, 112 North A Street, Springfield, OR 97477. Visit majorfamilyfuneralhome. com to sign the online guest book.
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Posted by Major Family Funeral Home – Springfield on January 12, 2022.

Oregon has its first doses of Paxlovid treatment for COVID-19. Here we go. Wed, 12 Jan 2022 23:11:05 +0000

Oregon has offloaded most of its first-line supplies of Paxlovid, Pfizer’s promising new antiviral drug to treat COVID-19, to community health clinics across the state. The clinics, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, provide primary care to low-income, uninsured, rural, and historically disadvantaged populations.

Nationwide, the drug is extremely limited in availability due to the time it takes to manufacture it. Oregon had received just 680 doses of Paxlovid as of Tuesday.

The federal government allocates doses to states based on their populations, leaving states to decide how to distribute them.

This image provided by Pfizer in October 2021 shows the company’s COVID-19 Paxlovid pills. U.S. health officials on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 approved the first anti-COVID-19 pill, a drug from Pfizer that Americans can take at home to stave off the worst effects of the virus.


Doses from the state’s original allocation also went to five hospitals that serve as regional centers of care in more rural parts of the state: Peacehealth Riverbend in Eugene, Grand Ronde Hospital in La Grande, Salem Health, St. Charles Health in Bend, and Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. The Oregon Health Authority says a total of 24 locations have received some doses.

The major health care systems in the Portland area, Providence, Legacy Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Oregon Health & Science University, did not receive any. The OHSU Ambulatory Pharmacy made a request to this effect last week, but has yet to receive a response from the OHA.

As the Omicron wave sweeps the country, far fewer doses are currently available than patients who could benefit, forcing states to make tough allocation decisions.

National Institutes of Health rationing guidelines recommend prioritizing patients at greatest risk factors for progression to severe COVID-19, including older unvaccinated adults and moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals, regardless of their immunization status.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which provides the drug, encourages state health officials to be transparent about where the drug is going and to post on their websites sites that receive it.

The Oregon Health Department has published a brief outline of its equity-focused plan online, but has not released a list of all 24 sites that have received the potentially life-saving drug. OPB initially obtained more information about the state’s distribution plan through a public records request.

As additional doses become available in the coming weeks, OHA plans to expand the list of hospitals receiving the drug and make it available to a small group of long-term care facilities.

The drug, which received FDA emergency use approval last month, was 89% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients.

It is approved for people aged 12 and over and must be administered within five days of the onset of symptoms.

The state is prioritizing areas in Oregon with the greatest exposure to COVID-19, targeting racial and ethnic minorities who, according to OHA’s distribution plan, have been hard hit by the pandemic.

“Community health centers serve everyone, regardless of your ability to pay, immigration status, insurance, or status in life,” said Marty Carty, director of government affairs at the Oregon Primary Care Association, the nonprofit organization that represents the state’s 34 community health centers.

“If the state is thinking about how to distribute equitably and achieve its health equity goals, community health centers are absolutely the right way to do it.”

Carty stressed that the amount of drug the centers have received is extremely limited and that the organizations distributing it are understaffed, and that public awareness concerns surrounding the new drug could negatively impact their work. The clinics don’t serve on a first come, first served basis.

Carty says community health centers, many of which offer testing, vaccinations and a wide range of primary care, are well-positioned to identify people who might need the drug and get it to them before they get so sick they can need to be hospitalized – and no longer qualify for treatment.

About 40% of patients in community health centers are Black, Indigenous or Colored. According to Carty, the COVID-19 test positivity rate for patients in community health centers was about double the state average.

Oregon’s targeted approach to distributing its limited supply contrasts with many other states.

New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Arizona shipped all or most of their doses to commercial pharmacy chains. Tennessee shipped all of its cans to Walmart dispensaries.

The federal government has separately allocated 15% of its doses to community health clinics in each state.

Three clinics in the Portland area receive supplemental doses directly from the federal government: Multnomah County, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, and the Native American Rehabilitation Association.

List of funeral services released January 12, 2022 – West Central Tribune Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:08:04 +0000

This list of funeral services is presented as a public service by the West Central Tribune.

Dorothy Negen Blokzyl, 97, from Willmar, died January 7th. Worship service on January 13 at 1 p.m. in the First Christian Reformed Church, Prinsburg. Tri-County Funeral Home, Prinsburg.

Vern Gort, 80, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, died January 5. Worship service on January 15 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids. Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Monica Harting, 99, of Atwater, died January 8th. Funeral service on January 14 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Kandiyohi. Peterson Brothers Atwater Funeral Home.

Delores Heidecker, 78, died December 28 and Johann Heidecker, 79, died December 29. Both were from Willmar, formerly from Pennock. Worship service 2:00 p.m. January 15 at the Assembly of God Church, Willmar. Peterson Brothers Funeral Home, Willmar.

jean meyer, 85, from Willmar, died January 9th. Worship service on January 14 at 11 a.m. at the Word of Faith Family Church, Willmar. Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, Willmar.

Adeline Nelson, 84, from New London, died December 20. Worship service on January 15 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake in rural New London. Peterson Brothers Funeral Home, Willmar.

John Edward Pederson, 65, of Annandale, died January 3rd. Worship service on January 14 at 10:30 am at Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Annandale. Dingmann Burial Chapel, Annandale.

Linda Stageberg Racine, 73, of Belle Plaine, formerly Willmar, died December 22nd. Worship service on January 15 at 11:00 am at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley.



Local GOP legislators want registers for domestic violent offenders Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:12:27 +0000
House Rep Brad Klippert (Republican of the State House)

Basically based on his decades of law enforcement work, an 8th District MP tabled a bill that would create a state registry for domestic violent offenders


Brad Kilppert, who co-serves with Matt Boehnke as the 8th Ward Legislator for Kennewick, Richland, and southern Benton Counties, has served as the deputy sheriff’s department in Benton County for decades.

For this reason, he submitted a draft law HB 1678, which would create a state register for domestic violent offenders.


The register would, according to the law, refer to “serious” IT offenders and would include name, age, address and other pertinent information and would be maintained by the Washington State Patrol. It would be publicly available.

It would also provide a much faster way to find out if a suspect or culprit has committed serious DP incidents in the past. For example, an officer responding to an incident could easily access the suspect’s name and information.

A similar bill was introduced into the legislature a few years ago, called “Tina’s Law,” after a woman who was beaten to death by her boyfriend who later turned out to be an extensive computer background. This bill didn’t make it to the vote, but Klippert hopes it will be different this time.

The legislature began its 2022 session on Monday of this week.

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Some New Yorkers Eligible for the federal internet rebate program Tue, 11 Jan 2022 05:13:35 +0000

New York will be participating in a new federal program to improve broadband access and affordability for low-income families.

Like everything else in recent years, the cost of Internet services seems to be getting higher and higher. Not to mention, access to broadband is also an issue for many New Yorkers. There are now national efforts to make high-speed Internet more affordable

New federal program offers monthly broadband discount

Governor Hochul announced Monday that New Yorkers now have access to the Affordable Internet Connectivity Program, which offers low-income families a $ 30 per month discount on broadband. Eligibility is based on household income or when a household uses other government support programs. There is also a one-time discount option of $ 100 for a computer or tablet. You can find the funding guidelines here.

At this state address last week, the governor also announced a state effort to provide better broadband access at more affordable prices with her ConnectALL initiative, which will invest in new infrastructure to make broadband accessible to all.

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Robin Thomas Allen – Albert Lea Tribune Tue, 11 Jan 2022 03:21:53 +0000

Robin T. Allen, 50, of Albert Lea, MN, died January 3, 2022 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Robin Thomas Allen

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Pastor Matt Lehman will officiate. The visitation will take place on Friday, January 14, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour before the service in the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Robin Thomas Allen was born on June 30, 1971 to Robert and Sondra Dawn (Stoner) Allen in Albert Lea. In 1990 he graduated from Chatfield High School. After high school, he earned two degrees – one in Microsoft engineering and the other in Heavy Truck Autobody. On June 18, 1994, he was married to Audrey Marie Crosby. From this connection 3 children were born: Rebecca, Jacob and Breanna. The family has settled in Albert Lea.

Robin was passionate about working on vehicles and used his vast knowledge and talent in positions at Dave Syverson Auto for 8 years and most recently at Advanced Auto for 13 years. In his spare time, Robin was often out helping his loved ones with their vehicles when he was not working on a project car or motorcycle himself.

Robin also had a particular interest in computers and spent a lot of time building and upgrading his computer for another of his hobbies – online gaming. He shared his love of playing, reading, and watching movies with his children and always looked forward to the next Marvel movie so he could see it with his son.

Robin’s friends fondly remember him for their many nights with him singing karaoke and playing darts. He has participated in dart leagues for many years and always looked forward to showing off a little with his partner.

Robin was a loving and devoted husband and father. He has anchored his family through many storms and we will miss his unwavering love very much. Robin enjoyed his time with his family and loved nothing more than sharing a simple meal and playing cards with them. He was also a proud grandfather of 2 children and bragged about them at every opportunity.

His life was full of laughter and joy, and it was a blessing to be counted among his friends and family.

Robin leaves behind his 27-year-old wife, Audrey Allen; his daughter Rebecca and her partner Justin and their two children Jace and Charlotte; his son Jacob and his wife Amanda; his daughter Breanna and her partner Max; his mom and dad, Steve and Joanie Johnson; 3 brothers, two sisters and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Robin was preceded in death by his birth parents, Robert and Sondra Allen.

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