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Page 2 December 24, 2009 WEST BEND, Wis. - Lloyd Joseph Theisen, 95, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Cedar Lake ftealth and Rehabilitation Center. Lloyd was born on Nov. 21, 1914, in Hartford to Michael and Genevieve (nee Tescher) Theisen. He moved with his family at an early age to Sentinel Butte, where he attended school and worked on local farms. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Service - Coast Guard on Dec. 28, ;1942, and served in Boston on a pilot boat, in Florida on beach patrol and on an LST 23, a naval vessel, in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge on Dec. 17, 1945. Lloyd married Charlotte (nee Zuelsdor0 on May t0, 1941, and settled in West Bend. He worked for a short time at the West Bend Allmlilmln Co. and then was a pur- chasing agent for the Gehl Co. for more than 40 years of service and retired at the age of 62 as a buyer for the company. Lloyd enjoyed sports, namely the Braves/Brewers and of course the Green Bay Packers, along with ice fishing with his son and co- worker. He was a member of Fred A. Schaefer VFW Post No. 1393 and Holy Angel's Catholic Church. Lloyd is svrvived by his son Kenneth (Sharon) Theisen of Genewt, Ill.: daughter Karen (Mark) Vendll and granddaughters Demaree (Alex) Collier Theisen and Cherise (Justin) Heinz Theisen. He is further Survived by his great-granddaughter Mia Alexandra Collier, brother Donald Theisen, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Charlotte, his two brothers Edward and Hilbert and his sister Marcella. Lloyd Joseph Theisen I A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 12:45 p,m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Holy Angel's Catholic Church with the Rev'. Nathan Reesmarr officiating: Interment took place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Holy Angel's Cemetery. Visitation was at the church on Thursday, Dec. 10. from noon until time of Mass. Memorials are appreciated to Home on the Range, 16351 1-94, Sentinel Butte, N.D. 58654, phone (701) 872-3745. A special thank you to the extended family of Therese Oelhafen for their many kindnesses. Therese became Lloyd's best friend and constant companion until her death in 2007. After her death, Lloyd continued to be a member of their family; John and Bev Oethafen, Jim and Carol Oelhafen and John and Cindy Shaske and their families are truly special people. A special thank you to Dr. Eric Weber of Hartford and the staff at Cedar Bay Community and Cedar Community Hospice for their loving care of Lloyd. The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend assisted the family, "www.phillipfuneralhome.com. Gudrun (Vanig) Hensley TOWNSEND, Mont. - Gudrun (Vanvig) Hensley passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2009, at the Broadwater County Health Center in Townsend, Mont., with her hus- band Bob at her bedside. Gudrun was from a devout fhristian family. She was born Nov. 16, 1918, at Ranger, N.D.. ffaughter of Sivert and Martha Vanvig, who had emigrated from Norway and homesteaded in Slope County in western North Dakota. She attended a one-room grade by her parents, two brothers, school in the Golva area and grad- Thomas and Lester; and two sis- uated from Beach High School in ters, Solveig (Sally) and Minnie. t935. She taught in grade schools She is survived by her husband Bob in western North Dakota and east- and her brother Andrew (Connie) ern Montana prior to attending Vanvig of Beach: and nieces and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., for One year, subsequently nephews Karen (Ron) Rasmussen, graduating from the University of Minneapolis, Minn.; . Kirby Montana in Missouta with a bach- (Donatee) Josephson, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Randi (Nell) Fell, elors degree in education. Pewaukee, Wisc.: Marnie (Kenton) Gudrun married Robert Hensley Carlson, Bismarck; John (Jane) on June 24, 1951. She taught corn- Vanvig, Silver City, N.M.; Sandra mercial subjects - typing, short- (Bruce) Stowe, Port Townsend, hand and bookkeeping - in the Wash.; James (Rene) Vanvig, Townsend High School for many Cleveland, Ohio;Elizabeth (Kevin) years. She was highly regarded as Th0rie, Boyceville, Wisc.; Greg an excellent teacher and finn disci- Haugen, Mark (Nancy) Haugen, plinarian.There are senior citizens, Todd (Dandle) Haugen, all of middle aged people and young Bemidji Milan.: Sue (Tom) people alike who have all benefit- Ellenbecker, Rochester, Minn.; ted from her teaching. Ann (Jeff) Compton, Grand Forks, Gudrun was a devoted wife and and numerous great-nieces and wonderful homemaker who enjoyed helping her husband in his nephews. In lieu of flowers the family life,s work as a farmer. She and Bob's mother often baked home- requests that donations be made in Gudrun's name to the Townsend made meals and took them to th field for the workers. Food Share or charity of donor's choice. Always acheerful and energetic Funeral services were at 11 person, she enjoyed visiting with relatives and friends, sewing, gar- a.m., MOnday, Dec. 21, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran dening and playing bridge. She Church, Townsend. Graveside enjoyed taking rides through the committal followed at Deep Creek countryside with her sisters-in-law Cemetery. Connors Funeral Home so that they had time to visit, assisted the family with the servic- Gudrun was preceded in death es. Administration pushing open government plan WASHINGTON - As pm-t of the Obama administration's effort to change how Washington does busi- ness, the White House has issue a directive requiring federal agencies to take immediate, specific steps to open their operations up to the public. The administration also released an Open Government Progress Repot and previewed a number of other openness commitments. The directive, released by the Office of Management and Budget, sets a new standard for government agencies, insisting that they achieve key milestones in transparency, col- laboration, and participation. "The president has been clear from day one in office: the federal government must break down the ban'iers between it and the people it's supposed to serve. Today's announcement will help to make gov- ernment more open, transparent, and accountable to bridge the gap between the American people and their government," White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Peter R. Orszag said in a prepared statement. OMB, at the president's direction, released the OPen Government Directive that requires agencies to take immediate, specific steps to open -their operations to the public. The directive stems largely from the unprecedented Open Governinent Initiative, coordinated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the sum- mer, in which the administration reached out directly to the public for specific policy recommendations. Thousands of citizens participated in the online forums and offered ideas on how to transform the government into a more transparent, accountable OMB, at the pres- ident's direction, released the Open Government Directive that requires agencies to take immediate, specific steps to open their opera- tions to the public. operation. In addition to the directive, the administration on released the Open Government Progress Report, which is an analysis of the steps already taken to increase transparency and a look at the actions on the horizon. EveQ Cabinet department is launch- ing new open-government projects intended to spark significant expan- sion in public accountability and access. The Open Government Directive, called for by Obanta on his first full day in office, puts accountability and accessibility at the center of how the federal government operates. It instructs agencies to share informa- tion with the public through online, open, accessible, machine-readable formats. The directive also requires that annual Freedom of Information Act reports be published online in machine-readable tbrmats, and demanding milestones for improving data quality and records management. It also aims to require every agency to formulate an open government plan and Web site. Executive Team brings new vision to St. Joseph's Hospital In the past two years, St. Joseph's Hospital aqd Health Center has made several unprece- dented changes, all with the goal of bringing unequaled healthcare to southwest North Dakota and the surrounding areas. One important change has been in the area of leadership. In that time period, all five cur- Resources and Professional Services, is relatively new to her position, but has a long history in healthcare and was raised in rural southwest North Dakota, which fires her passion for ensuring rent gen or eaders have come on board to add qua]itf care topur rural areas hts or,'lNlrgw mllqge"skdl'et tct'/h&others .to: tllJctf'tteh0[ta!'' /tel - "ea e, '5  !' i  ........ form ,t r0ng"team prtepai;e,d to step forward -- li(.e;etin:Ic;s;;(Be"a'h Medi:Cal with solid solutions, a spirit of family, and a foundation of compassion TheyTre here for the hospital, the community, and for one an- other. Bob Bartle. Chief Financial Officer at the hospital, is a native of Philadelphia and the newest addition to the lineup. That happens to be a gjeat word. to use when referring to any ream he takes par1 in, since he is a self-pro- claimed "baseball .junky and Shakespeare geek[" In addition to his ability to think out- side the box. Bob says that he is a fanatic about customer service. He comes to our community with over twent) years experience in healthcare finance. much of that time served in health facilities of like-size to St. Joe's. Bob's former employers describe him as "an expert at bringing a bndgel into line. while enhancing revenue and con- trolling expenses." Bob's goal is "to be the best CFO St. Joe's has ever had," and he shares that he wants his contributions to make "'a no- ticeably positive difference." Denise Lutz, Executive Director of Human Clinic and Killdeer Medical clinic. A"people and family come first" thinker. Denise digs in when it comes to en- surmg that employees of the hospital are treated and com- pensated well. and have an appealing environmem in which to work. "We take care of our em- ployees so they can take care of our patients." she ex- plains. Denise also plays an active role in helping to recruit new providers into the community, medical professionals who are a good fit for the area and who have the qualities necessary to provide excellent care to patients of St. Joseph's Hospital. Their work is paying off. St. Joseph's has consistent] y topped state and national charts in following proven protocols to achieve positive health outcomes. Recently, the area of cus- tomer care within the hospital has also received Bev Ferderer, AdministrativeAssistant seated, and Michelle Hinrichs, Ex- ecutive Director of Patient Care Services/CRO examine the latest quality re- port. Reed Reyman, President and Denise Lutz, Ex- ecutive Director of Human Resources and Profes- sional Development, look over some potential candidates to recruit. strong positive feedback, due in large part to the efforts of Executive Director of Patient Care Services/CRO, Michelle Hinrichs. and her team. Michelle is responsible for the nursing staff and serves as a liaison between doctors, staff and patients. She has an incredible memory and a gift for sorting through minutia to get to the bottom line, and is able to put material into its simplest form and share it so that what needs done becomes clear to all. Together with the other four Executive Di- rectors, Michelle hasworked on a philosophy. and treatment 'goal expectations, for those who receive care at St. Joe's. It centers around building a strong patient care philosophy founded on compassion, excellence, quality care. teamwork, courage and communication. while striving for excellence m customer serv- ice and creating a culture of trust among our patients, employees, staff, doctors and the com- munity. "This team is cohesive, and likeminded in regard to our mission, purpose and vision," says Hinrichs. "Service and team building, ex- cellence in care. those begin with us, and we are responsible to live those out to our team. our patients, and our community." Reed Reyman. President/CEO for St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center. and Den- nis Cannon, Executive Director of Missions and Marketing round out the group. Reed is known for his leadership and for his determi- nation to make St. Joseph's the employer of choice in the area while striving to ensure that the hospital offers the highesl quality medical care available. A hands-on leader. Reed has the unique ability to stand back and trust people to do the job. "'We are building on successes every day," he is often heard saying, "St. Paid Advertisement Bob Bartle, CFO left, and Dennis Cannon, Executive Director of Mis- sions and Community Relations discusses budget proposals. Joseph's is doing good things for this area." The team agrees. "'Reed is a high energy in- dividual who understands every level of care a hospital provides. He involx es himself in each aspect, while having the unique ability to stand back and trust his people to do the job He wants us to be.completely transparent. If we mess up, admit it. When we do well-let's put that out there too. Anyone who visits with him knows that he'll gel to the bottom of things and find an answer." shares Dennis Cannon. With an early background in the Catholic education system, Dennis Cannon s well-pre- pared to fulfill his responsibilities in both Mis- sions and Community Relations. He has spent the past decade in healthcare, and has been in- strumental in driving some of the recent excit- ing changes at the hospital. His open friendliness and warm nature are bahmced by a sharp wit, a lively sense ol humor, and a compassionate attitude toward others. His pa- tience and wisdom are a complemenl to the strengths of the other members of the senior team. Recently the five chose a vision for the hos- pital, one that they believe takes St. Joseph's iu the direction that best ser es the community and those who walk through the hospital's do&s: St Joseph Hospital and Health Center is Quality. Compassionate Care because. "'Noth- ing s more Import'ant than Your Health". Bob Bartle. the new CFO sums it up, "This is the first organization i've ever worked for that doesn't consider compassion a weakness." Each member t open to the opportunity to meet members of the conmmnity and looks for- ward to living out the new vismn. St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center introduces Dr. David Ness, AuD Clinical Audiologist, Badlands Ear, Nose and Throat De. Nes specializes in providing a full range of audiological services for people of all ages: newborn tlrough adult. Adult and Pediatric Audiological Evaluations ' Hearing Aid and FM System Assessments and Fittings Vestibular Evaluations and Treatment Cochlear Implant Assessments Tinnitus Assessment & Intervention To make an appointment, please call 701.456-4700. CATHOLIC HEALTH " INITIATIVES" St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center Badlands Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic 30 West Seventh Street Dickinson, ND 58601-4399 Phone: 701-456-4700 www.stjoeshospital.org Farmers Union Oil Co. 701-872-4471 Interstate Cenex 701-872-3590 II0t slUffl Hot Stuff Pizza -- 701-872-3190 This Week's Lo4:al Forecast Thursday Friday Cloudy Mostly Cloudy 10/-5 8/-4 Saturday Mostly Sunny 15/1 Precip Chance: 20% Precip Chance: 20% Precip Chance: 5% Sunday Mostly Sunny 23/5 Precip Chance: 5% Monday Tuesday Wednesday Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy 22/8 24/11 25/10 Precip Chance: 5,,3 Precip Chance: 10% Prccip Chance: 10% What wtt, the costliest hailstorm in the United States?