CASA receives donation

Cornhusker Public Power Goodwill Fund Trustee David Scharff, right, presents $200 to CASA Connection outreach coordinator Lisa Rosendahl. The money will be used to purchase gifts for foster children.

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Local donors support WSC

WAYNE -- Wayne State College announced support it received from industry, foundations, private donors and the city of Wayne for construction of the Center for Applied Technology (CAT) scheduled to open on the college’s campus in 2019.

Industry support for the project included a $100,000 gift from Timpte Inc., a producer of aluminum bulk commodity trailers; and $100,000 from The Raimondo Family Foundation of Behlen Manufacturing Co., a manufacturer of farm and ranch equipment and building systems.

Industry support combined with private donations and the support of several charitable foundations totaled more than $1.5 million. These gifts, along with state bonds and $1 million in support from the city of Wayne, were instrumental in ensuring Wayne State could design and build a facility of more than 53,000 square feet with 13 state-of-the-art instructional labs for manufacturing, applied engineering and robotics.

The center will deliver education for industry, provide a career academy for local school districts, and serve as a regional hub for innovation and workforce development. The city will provide the funds over two years in exchange for access to college facilities, services and educational opportunities. The college began construction and site preparation for the new facility in May, with completion set for December 2018.

Health center earns award

ALBION -- Boone County Health Center (BCHC) has been recognized as a 2017 National Rural Health Day Community Star by the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH).

Community Stars are recognized nationally for their communication, education, collaboration and innovation in providing health care to the roughly one in five Americans who live in rural America. They are named as part of National Rural Health Day, which is the third Thursday of November each year.

As a Community Star, BCHC will appear in the 2017 edition of the book of National Rural Health Day Community Stars. This book can be seen on the www.PowerofRural website, which is the official hub for National Rural Health Day and the Power of Rural movement.

For more than 60 years, BCHC has provided health care to rural residents in Boone, Antelope, Greeley, western Madison, Nance, western Platte and Wheeler counties. BCHC consists of a 25-bed critical access hospital in Albion that serves as a hub for five satellite medical clinics located in Albion, Spalding, Newman Grove, Fullerton, Elgin and two affiliated physician clinics in St. Edward and Cedar Rapids. BCHC employs more than 275 medical and support staff, including eight family practice physicians, one pediatrician and seven physician assistants.

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