October 8, 2007

County Commissioner Amy Wilde wins state leadership award

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Meeker County Commissioner Amy Wilde of Dassel received a state award Sept. 26 at a Community Health Services conference in Brainerd.

Diane Winter, Meeker County Health Director, announced the award Tuesday to the county board of commissioners.

The award, the Jim Parker Leadership Award, is given to individuals or groups who have demonstrated significant statewide leadership, originality and innovation in public health.

Wilde helped to develop the Prime West Health System.

“Prime West is an innovative health system providing medical care to persons on publicly-funded health care programs. In the six years that it took to develop Prime West, Amy promoted the importance of moving forward despite the many obstacles they faced.

Amy’s leadership also includes emphasizing prevention and funding for public health. Prime West now funds prevention work with well seniors and has provided training dollars for the start-up of the Nurse Family Partnership,” according to Wilde’s nomination, which was read at the awards ceremony.

Wilde said the entire county board also should have received the award, because board members approved and supported every step of the way in developing Prime West.

Wilde also was praised for promoting accessible communities for seniors, her development of a sober school in Litchfield, her prevention focus in mental health services, and that she was a proponent of tobacco control and prevention in Meeker County.

Odds and Ends

In other business the county board:

• complimented Jim Rose and Vicki Hokkala, representing the Meeker County Posse, for winning first place in horse performance, riding their horses in competition, and winning the traveling trophy for the sixth time in the past 11 years.

• promoted Jeanette Davis to public health nurse from registered nurse.

• granted an interim use permit to Meeker Washed Sand and Gravel of Darwin.

• hired Nancy Koster as a receptionist for the county social services department at $10.76 an hour.

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