Herald JournalHerald Journal, Aug. 25, 2003

Opening near for new bank, clinic

By Megan E. Edwards, Marketing officer, Security State Bank of Howard Lake,
and Anne VanEpern, Director, Ridgeview Clinics

The new Highway 12 business campus in Howard Lake is near completion. While the Ridgeview Howard Lake Clinic will not open its doors to its patients until Monday, Sept. 15, the Steaming Bean Coffee Shop and Security State Bank of Howard Lake will open for business Monday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m. (drive up at 8 a.m.).

"We are enormously excited to transition into the new bank facility. We are equally enthusiastic about our new, state-of-the-art banking systems and services," said John Forstrom, President of Security State Bank of Howard Lake.

"To highlight a few of the new services, we will begin to offer a greater number of large and extra large safety deposit boxes, the city's first and only drive-up 24-hour ATM machine, an additional driveup lane easily accessed via Ninth Avenue and on-site Internet terminals for client's online banking needs," Forstrom said.

"The new campus will offer additional parking, a more enjoyable atmosphere, enhanced services and a facility that is more conducive to our client's banking needs," Forstrom said.

The entire campus will be ADA compliant as per the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design.

There will be no disruption to bank customers during the transition to the new facility. The bank phone number will remain the same: (320) 543-2151.

Bank lobby hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Drive-up hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday walk-up and drive-up hours are 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Equally exciting is the introduction of the Steaming Bean coffee shop to our community. The Steaming Bean will offer espresso, latte, cappuccino, chai tea as well as specialty drinks including apple pie, peppermint patty and caramel-turtle-flavored coffees.

The menu will also include pastries, sandwiches, soups, and desserts. A sample menu may include muffins, scones, chicken Caesar wraps, chicken salad wraps, bread bowls, caramel apple cheesecake and chocolate cappuccino cake . . . just to name a few items.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9, Steaming Bean coffee shop hours are Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ridgeview Howard Lake Clinic to open in new building Sept. 15

To help meet the changing needs of the greater Howard Lake community, Ridgeview Howard Lake Clinic will soon move into a new building with Security State Bank of Howard Lake.

Located at 900 S. 6th Street, the nearly 3,000-square-foot clinic space will offer area residents convenient access to primary and specialty health care services.

"This community has been well-served by the clinic for many years, and Ridgeview is proud to make a renewed commitment to serving the health care needs of area residents and businesses," said Anne VanEpern, director of Ridgeview Clinics.

"The new building is spacious, well-designed and conveniently located with other growing businesses. We're pleased that Security State Bank of Howard Lake made this opportunity available to Ridgeview, and we are grateful for the community's support of our relocation effort," VanEpern said.

The clinic will move from its current location (824 S. 6th St.) into the new building the weekend of Sept. 13-14, and will be open for patient care Monday, Sept. 15. There will be no disruption to patient care during the clinic move.

The Ridgeview Howard Lake Clinic phone number will remain the same: (320) 543-2591. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Providers and Services

Ridgeview Howard Lake Clinic offers a broad range of services, including family practice, internal medicine and orthopedics. The providers include:

· Roberta Midwinter, M.D. ­ family practice

· James Pfeifle, P.A.C. ­ physician assistant

· Louise Arlien, C.N.P. ­ certified nurse practitioner

· Robert Heeter, M.D. ­ orthopedic surgeon, Western Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Consultants, P.A.

Area residents have access to other primary and specialty care services through Ridgeview and its network of clinic and outreach services.

"If the community's health care needs continue to grow, we may need to add another physician to our Howard Lake and Winsted Clinic locations," VanEpern added.

In addition to Howard Lake and Winsted, Ridgeview also operates clinics in Chanhassen, Delano and Mound. When hospitalization is needed, Ridgeview Medical Center's 129-bed independent, acute-care hospital ­ with 24-hour emergency services ­ is located in Waconia.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Ridgeview Howard Lake Clinic at (320) 543-2591.

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