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Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Oct 17, 2008

To the EDN:

Emmet County 911 needs your support. Usually it’s the other way around; we are the one’s calling 911.

This year on the General Election Ballot, you will have an opportunity to help Emmet County E911 and your local first responders. Over the years our E911 telephone reception equipment and radio dispatching resources have aged, and need to be replaced.

Our current E911 surcharge of $1 per phone line is not sufficient to achieve a total upgrade of our necessary and life-saving equipment. We have received a small grant, and that will be spent upgrading some of the equipment, but it will not complete the project.

Here is where you can help. The Emmet County E911 Board is requesting, for a 24-month period only, that the surcharge be raised from $1 to $2. Over the 24-month period, the cost to you would be an additional $24. That’s about what it would cost to go out for supper one time.

This is not a new tax, but a process for those who use the system, or may need to use the system to help pay for the improvement.

After the 24 months have passed, the surcharge automatically goes back to $1 per month per line and is included on your phone bill just like it is now.

If you have questions, please ask any of your local first responder or call me at 712-362-5702. Thank you for your support!

Terry Reekers

E911 Service Center Coordinator

Emmet County

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Oct 17, 2008

To the EDN:

How please I was to see Dr. Richard Bose honored in your paper by the community for outstanding service to the Free Clinic of Estherville. Dr. Bose not only assists those who have no medical insurance but also those who have been denied access to the Estherville Medical Clinic.

In 2004 when my medical records were sent to my home by certified mail from the Estherville Clinic, my only recourse was to see Dr. Bose at the Free Clinic in order to keep my medical prescriptions intact. Today, as a retired person, I have sold my houses in Estherville and relocated to Dickinson County, so that I can enjoy regular access to the clinic and hospital in Spirit Lake.

May the Free Clinic continue to provide medical assistance to all who need its services.

Rev. Glenn Bohmer is to be commended also for his dedication to this worthwhile community project.

Dr. Mike Thiel

Orleans