Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock Counties


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Pipestone Gets Active
How can a community increase biking and walking, and along the way make their towns safer and more enjoyable?

One effective way is through a “Complete Streets” policy. That is exactly what Southwest Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is working toward, one city at a time.

“We want to provide a safe way for people to get from one end of town to the other, whether that’s by bike, on foot or even in a wheelchair,” says Jeff Moberg of SW SHIP...more Pipestone Gets Active (PDF: 201KB/1 page)


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Community Leadership Team

  • Cheryl Rude, Dietitian, Avera Marshall
  • Sheila Smallfield, Dietitian, ACMC
  • Michael VanderHaar, Pipestone Active Living/Community Education Coordinator
  • Drew Hage, Development Planner/SWRDC
  • Michelle Malmquist, Field Worker – HC, SHIP
  • Donna Erbes, SMOC, Director of Family Planning
  • Kris Cleveland, SMSU, Wellness Coordinator
  • Candace Thomas, Literacy Volunteers of SW MN
  • Robin Weiss, Area Agency on Aging
  • Val Dahlenbach, SMSU Director of Health Services
  • To be hired, Operations Manager/Southern Prairie Community Care
  • Tina Quenos, MP Schools – Minority Advocate
  • Mary Brown, Sanford Health – Health Coach
  • Sarah Ackerman, Western Mental Health
  • Sharon Hollatz, Redwood County Commissioner
  • Michelle Braidenbach, SRTS Education Coordinator – Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
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Updated Friday, August 15, 2014 at 09:17AM