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One Million Dollars Short!!
With the rapid increase in population, Powers Lake’s Elementary School has grown from a low of 38 students to 105. As a result, the need for a larger, up-to-date facility was projected and a vote was taken on building an addition of classrooms to the high school.

The bids have come in and unfortunately, the project is short funds to move forth.

Diane Witteman among the YWCA Women of Distinction Award winners
Diane Witteman of Mohall, right, accepts her award from YWCA board members. Diane was the recipient of the award from the Rural Renville County area.

The 21st Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Banquet was held at the Grand Hotel in Minot on Friday, April 11th. This special event honors deserving women in the region who have positively impacted their community through their work, volunteer efforts, leadership, and integrity.

During the YWCA Minot Women of Distinction (WOD) Award Banquet, 14 women from across their eight county service area were honored. These women have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and integrity in their fields and in the community, serving as role models for other successful women. Nominations from across the region were solicited to find leaders whose work has truly made an impact on their communities.

Diane K. Witteman of Mohall was this year’s award winner for Renville County. She has a 20-year volunteer history with the Mohall Ambulance Service, and has been instrumental in attaining funding for the Emergency Services Building in Mohall, as well as establishing ambulance substations in Lansford and Tolley.

Witteman is a Basic Life Support instructor and is on the ND State EMS Advisory Board. She has testified at the State Legislature for Rural Emergency Services funding and is the recipient of the ND Star Life Award.

In addition, Diane is the Business Office Manager for the Mohall Ambulance Service, a member of the Area Safe Communities Coalition, a Board Member of the EMS of the Northwest District, and a council member of her local church.

Diane has been a part of the ND National Guard for the past 14 years, achieving the rank of Captain.

In the words of her nominator: “Residents in the Mohall area have been blessed by her emergency services efforts over the years.”

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Keeping Up EMS Skills -- the Fun way!
By Ginny Heth
Once again, Westhope Ambulance has been on the receiving end of the generosity of the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust!
On Tuesday, April 8th, SIM-ND was in town to help with continuing education for all of the Westhope Ambulance squad members. The 44-foot simulation vehicle is fully equipped with a learning lab that replicates an ambulance in the back and an emergency room in the front with a control room between the two. SIM-ND educators use a standardized educational curriculum and human patient simulators to deliver quality training which would not be available in Westhope without this vehicle.
The state-of-the-art human patient simulators are life-like in that they breathe, talk, cry, and react to treatments. The simulators act as tools in delivering hands-on education. Learners are exposed to high-mortality, low frequency scenarios in a safe learning environment to better prepare them for emergent events.
Eight squad members were on hand to benefit from this training on Tuesday. The group was divided into two ‘squads’ and each headed out into the ‘ambulance’ to care for a mystery patient. Those attending the training were Ginny Heth, Barry Trottier, James Snodgrass, Mariela Kirk, Tanner Hellenbrand, Don Fraser and Steve Heth, all from Westhope and Vonda Schmidt from Mohall.
As we began, a facilitator read a scenario to us: A 60-something year old man was having difficulty breathing. He was known to have COPD and had fallen a few days earlier and hurt his leg.
We uncovered the very large man (They tell us the mannequin weighs around 250 pounds!) and began our treatment.......
After taking care of the man and pretending to transport him to the hospital, having decided that he probably had a blood clot in his lower leg and was in need of help for that and after giving him medications and treatment for his breathing problem while ‘enroute’, the scenario was ended. We then critiqued ourselves and with the help of our facilitators decided what we’d done well and what we could have done better. The next step was we ‘redo’ the entire scenario and make sure we covered all of our bases the next time, switching primary caregiver roles.
Included in the life-like scenario was calling in a report to the hospital and calling for more help if we felt we needed it. Dialing 9-1-1 on the telephone got us a real person to talk to (who was in the control room in the center of the truck) with real advice about what we should do if we asked questions -- much like calling the Emergency Room and asking the nurses or doctors when we are unsure of our next step in real life.
The other scenario that we had was a 9-year-old boy who had been riding his bicycle and was hit by a car. Again, we treated him as we would if he were a ‘real boy’, making sure that his neck and back were protected we splinted his broken bones and rushed him to the Emergency Room since he had a head injury, calling for a helicopter to get him there faster.
Having a chance to run through scenarios that could be way too real like these, is a great opportunity and one that we hope to be able to take advantage of again very soon.
Other scenarios that are available include trauma, burns, CHF, strokes, diabetic emergencies, gun shot wounds, heart attacks, substance abuse, amputations and head injuries for adults and many of the same for children plus poisoning, seizures, suicide attempt and drowning. There are also infant emergencies. Coming soon will be emergency births!
The SIM-ND scenarios are geared to help us practice things that we may or may not see on a regular basis. Those that we do not see often can become quite a challenge when they do arise, so this practice is crucial to the great care we are proud to give our patients.
This statewide educational program is administered by the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Health. The training is free to all interested ambulance services in North Dakota.


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