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Decision-making process for forming, dissolving athletic co-ops gets board review
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Faribault school district hasn’t always followed a formal process in deciding when and why to partner with other districts for activities, but that will soon change.

For the sake of consistency, the administration has developed both criteria and a decision tree to follow in making that decision. The next step is for the Faribault School Board to approve that decision-making process at its Nov. 23 board meeting.

A conversation about the necessity of athletic co-operatives started back in June, when the Faribault School Board re-evaluated the district’s athletic partnership with Bethlehem Academy, a collaboration that’s existed for over 40 years. The board weighed the pros and cons of dissolving the agreement as the board members considered whether or not its co-ops promote open enrollment, which has cost the district hundreds of students and necessitated severe budget cuts.

Since the Oct. 12 board meeting, when the board reviewed a draft of the criteria for forming, adjusting or dissolving co-operative agreements with other districts, Faribault High School Activities Director Keith Badger has worked with administration to simplify the language of the criteria. The guidelines align with Minnesota State High School League bylaw 403.

Badger presented the revised draft to the board during Monday’s meeting. The first paragraph of the “Purpose of the co-operative sponsorships,” which uses language directly from MSHSL with Faribault Public Schools inserted, reads: “co-operative sponsorships of MSHSL programs are established for the purpose of creating, growing, and maintaining education-based opportunities through programs that provide access for Faribault Public School students to a broad range of activities. These agreements support student participation in programs that are sustainable (financial, participation numbers, other, etc.), have access to suitable facilities, provide appropriate levels of competition, and create communities for Faribault Public School students. Through these agreements, member schools are expected to promote co-operation, partnership, sportsmanship, and the beliefs of the MSHSL.”

The second paragraph recognizes the priorities for students specifically enrolled full time at Faribault Public Schools, and the third paragraph discusses the process of forming or dissolving co-operative sponsorships, linking to MSHSL bylaw 403.

Badger also presented the board with a draft of the decision tree the district would use to determine whether to accept, reject, amend or dissolve a co-operative sponsorship agreement.

According to the decision tree, the district’s activities director must first receive a formal request to co-op or initiate a request to another district. After receiving the necessary documentation, including a summary of the steps the requesting school took to promote activity participation and a recent student interest survey, the district would analyze the data.

Ultimately, the decision would come down to whether or not Faribault Public Schools can operate the program independently. If the data indicates that “a reasonable person” would deem the program unsustainable at Faribault Public Schools without a co-op, the district would then pursue a co-operative sponsorship agreement with another school. However, if Faribault Public Schools could operate the program on its own, the co-operative sponsorship would be regarded as unnecessary. The district would apply the same question in deciding whether or not to dissolve an existing co-operative sponsorship.

Board member Carolyn Treadway asked Badger who would generate the student interest survey included in the request to co-op.

Badger said since MSHSL doesn’t offer such a survey, the administration at the requesting school would need to decide how to collect that information.

Board Chair Chad Wolff asked Badger if analyzing the participation data is ongoing for athletic directors or “evergreened.”

“I’m always analyzing our programs and I’m sure other ADs (activities directors) are doing the same,” Badger said. “It’s just that there’s no formal process.”

According to Badger, it isn’t just Faribault Public Schools but districts across the Big 9 Conference looking for more clarity on when athletic cooperatives are necessary.

“I think this gives you, Keith, and whoever the AD is going forward a solid stance on why we say yes and why we say no in terms of participation in each sport,” Wolff said. “I would assume we talk about next steps, but hopefully this is a good start piece on why that decision is made.”

District One nurse on probation for sexual contact with patient while in Iowa
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A District One Hospital nurse anesthetist’s license to practice is under probation after an Iowa state board found he and an inappropriate relationship with a patient under his care. The relationship took place before Heideman began working at District One.

In an order issued in October but posted on the Iowa Board of Nursing website on Nov. 4, two licenses issued to Dean Alan Heideman, 44, of Clear Lake, Iowa, were placed on probationary status for two years.

Heideman is licensed in Iowa as a registered nurse and as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Allina Health, in an emailed statement Thursday, said “We were recently made aware of an issue involving Dean Heideman, a certified registered nurse anesthetist. The conduct that was the subject of an order released by the Iowa Board of Nursing on Nov. 4, occurred at his previous place of employment in Iowa and not District One Hospital. Allina Health is taking appropriate steps to look into this matter.”

According to the order, while employed at an unnamed clinic in January 2019, Heideman established care for a patient and then engaged in a relationship with the patient that included sexual contact on more than one occasion in 2019.

Heideman’s LinkedIn.com account says that he has been employed at District One Hospital in Faribault since August. Before that, he worked from June 2009 to August 2020 at Wright Medical Center in Clarion, Iowa.

From at least January 2017 to May 2018, according to Globe Gazette archives, Heideman also worked at Hancock County Health System.

In addition to his probation, Heideman must report to a case manager and get that person’s approval for any place he works. Heideman must also notify his current employer of his status and the employer must file a monthly report describing Heideman’s activities, level of competence and ability to interact professionally with patients and coworkers.

Heideman must also submit to medical, mental health or substance abuse evaluation and pay for any costs related to adhering to the board’s orders.

ELECTION 2020 RESULTS — Faribault
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President (Minnesota total)

Donald Trump (R) — 1,483,159

Joe Biden (D) — 1,714,329

U.S. Senate

√ Tina Smith (D) — 1,563,927

Jason Lewis (R) — 1,397,248

1st Congressional District

Dan Feehan (DFL)— 164,362

√ Jim Hagedorn (R) — 177,776

2nd Congressional District

√ Angie Craig (DFL) — 203,640

Tyler Kistner (R) — 194,245

State Senate District 20

√ Rich Draheim (R) — 26,511

Jon Olson (DFL) — 19,414

State Senate District 24

√ John Jasinski (R) — 25,757

Roger Steinkamp (DFL) — 14,642

State House District 20B

Joe Moravchik (R) — 11,359

√ Todd Lippert (DFL) — 12,574

State House District 24B

√ Brian Daniels (R) — 12,606

Ashley Martinez-Perez (DFL) — 6,390

Rice County Commissioner District 1

Jacob (Jake) Gillen — 2,310

√ Jim Purfeerst — 4,138

Rice County Commissioner District 2

√ Galen Malecha — 6,032

Rice County Commissioner District 5

√ Jeff Docken — 5,118

Kim Halvorson — 2,305

Rice Soil & Water Supervisor District 1

√ Tim Little — 26,413

Rice Soil & Water Supervisor District 2

√ Richard Cook — 26,346

Rice Soil & Water Supervisor District 4

√ Michael Ludwig — 25,924

Dundas City Council (elect 2)

√ Luke LaCroix — 410

John McCarthy — 230

Kimberly Hildahl — 322

John Cruz — 235

√ Luke Swartwood — 352

Faribault Mayor

√ Kevin Voracek — 7,709

Faribault City Council (elect 3)

√ Jonathan Wood — 4,514

John Rowan — 3,270

√ Sara Caron — 5,514

Faysel Ahmed Ali — 2,296

Adam Gibbons — 2,207

√ Royal Ross — 3,640

Faribault School Board (elect 3)

√ Jerry Robicheau — 4,184

Bradley Olson — 3,061

Sonny Wasilowski — 1,986

√ Casie Steeves — 5,079

√ Richard Olson — 4,220

Damian Baum — 1,190

Ahmed G Hassan — 2,160

Andrea Calderon — 3,455

Terry Pounds — 1,833

Travis G McColley — 3,058

Medford Mayor

√ Danny Robert Thomas: 508

Lois M Nelson — 175

Medford City Council

Nick Sorensen — 182

√ Chad Merritt — 272

Matt J Dempsey — 240

Cory Samora — 129

√ Mandy Mueller — 302

Medford School Board

√ Jon Sutherland — 122

√ Jackie Berg — 142

√ Betsy Chambers — 128

√ John Anhorn — 164

Morristown Mayor

√ Tony Lindahl — 331

Write-In — 123

Morristown City Council

√ Jake Golombeski — 268

√ Linda L. Murphy — 295

√ Melanie Hopman — 247

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown School Board (elect 3)

√ Jeffrey M. Stangler — 774

√ Jay Schneider — 775

Write-In — 174