Sale Barn To Be Demolished


The Britton City Council approved a plat of the former Britton Livestock Auction property and also approved a quote for demolition of the sale barn building at its regular meeting on Monday.

Jared Holland of IntelliFarms attended the meeting, urging the council to act as quickly as possible so that IntelliFarms could proceed with plans to construct a new building on three lots of the platted land.

Holland had approached the city last year about purchasing the land for economic development with the idea that he would purchase part of it for his expansion plans. A total of five lots located on the south edge of the city will be for sale with another providing a street for easier access.

Four quotes were received for demolition of the sale barn building. They included Lien Transportation Company, Hecla School. Mattson plans another session for B-H teachers at an in-service next month and for B-H students in grades 5-7. She also previously conducted training for employees of local businesses at the Marshall County Community Building.

“Hopefully in a small town we will never have to deal with mass shootings or bombings, but it is also excellent training for anybody that happens to come upon a car accident, or has to deal with farm injuries or somebody hurt at home or in school,” noted Mattson.

The training stresses the ABC’s of bleeding. The ‘A’ stand for alert – call 9-1-1. ‘B’ stand for bleeding – find the bleeding injury. ‘C’ stands for compress – cover the wound with a clean cloth and apply pressure by pushing directly on it with both hands, apply a tourniquet, or pack the wound with gauze or a clean cloth and then apply pressure.

Mattson said that direct pressure is effective much of the time for external bleeding and can even stop major arterial bleeding, and she emphasized that the pressure should never be released to check the wound. Mattson also put a lot of emphasis on getting gauze right down into the wound.

“If it’s a major wound and you’re just putting pressure on top, you’re not getting down to where the actual bleed is.”

Tourniquets can also be a life-saver, and students had a chance to practice their application.

“Tourniquets got kind of a bad rap for a while,” said Mattson, but now there is not as much fear about them. It’s been proven you can leave one on as long as six hours and still keep the extremity. It’s also always better to risk damage to an arm or leg than have somebody bleed to death.”

Mattson also stressed the importance of assessing the situation and putting safety first.

“Safety at the scene is number one. “If it’s not safe, you can’t provide care. Get yourself to a safe place or pull the victim to somewhere that is safe.”

Additional information can be found at “Stop The Bleed” kits can also be purchased at that web site for use at homes, businesses, or in motor vehicles.

“I think the kids loved the chance to participate in the hands-on training,” concluded Mattson. “The biggest benefit is that it’s such good, common sense education. Hopefully nobody ever has to use it, but it can save a life.

“The only thing more tragic than death, is death that could have been prevented, and that’s the biggest takeaway from the whole program. People can die from bleeding in an arm or leg, but that death is so preventable if you know what to do.”

Marshall County Journal

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