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Walhof obtains broker's license

SPICER -- Lisa Walhof, a saleswoman with RE/MAX Preferred Realty for two years, has obtained her broker's license.

Walhof works out of the Spicer office at 155 Access Dr., and her phone number is 320-796-0086.

Randy Ryan is the broker/owner with offices in Willmar, Spicer and Olivia.

Walhof holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota. She owned Rainbow's Enchanted Florist for three years, worked in real estate from 1993 through 1997 and worked at Green Lake Lutheran Ministries.

She is a nine-year member of the New London Auxiliary, is a member of the Arabian Horse Association, is involved in planning pre-tours and participating in the New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run, and is a member of Peace Lutheran Church.

Morgan joins Touching Hearts

NEW LONDON -- Touching Hearts at Home, a service that provides in-home non-medical care to seniors and people with disabilities, recently hired Anne Morgan to join its administrative office staff at the New London headquarters.

Morgan has become a scheduling coordinator after serving many months as a Touching Hearts caregiver. She also has extensive experience as a family caregiver and as an executive secretary at Mumford Fine Art in London, England.

Touching Hearts at Home serves the needs of seniors and people with disabilities by providing companionship, light housekeeping, transportation, medication reminders, meal preparation and a wide variety of customized non-medical care. The office in New London is the headquarters of the west central Minnesota service area, which includes Kandiyohi, Meeker, Stearns, Renville, Swift, Chippewa, McLeod and Pope counties.

It is part of a national franchise that has 18 offices throughout the United States.

GreenPOWER workshop to be offered March 2

BENSON -- Business owners will have an opportunity to learn about environmentally friendly practices in the workplace and gain awareness of sustainability methods during a GreenPOWER workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 2 at the Law Enforcement Center meeting room in Benson.

More businesses are becoming aware of how they can help the environment and save money by applying green practices in their businesses.

The training is sponsored by a partnership between the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation and the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, with support of an energy training partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The workshop is free, but advance registration is requested because space is limited. To register or for more information, e-mail or call Carol at 320-269-5561 or 1-800-422-1346.

The same training will be provided March 3 at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Room 207, in Worthington.

Business website grants available from local EDC

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is sponsoring a website grant program that will match up to $500 for small businesses to develop a new website or enhance an existing website.

This is the program's third grant cycle. It has previously assisted more than three dozen businesses expand their presence on the Internet and their business opportunities.

Surveys of past grant recipients have indicated greater visibility and awareness of their business, increased marketing opportunities, greater convenience for customers, decreased cost in other marketing avenues, and reaching a new and sometimes younger audience.

The grant program is a project by the Economic Development Commission in partnership with the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities initiative, a coalition of 19 statewide partners and 11 demonstration communities. Funding is largely through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. The Blandin Foundation serves as the project administrator.

The deadline for grant applications is Feb. 25. For information on the website grant and program criteria, contact Jean Spaulding at the Economic Development Commission, 235-7370 or, or visit


- For the fourth year in a row, Redwood Area Hospital in Redwood Falls has achieved Gold Standard designation as one of the top 3 percent critical access hospitals in the nation.

The Gold Standard recognition is given by the audit firm LarsonAllen LLC to the top 35 critical access hospitals in the U.S., based on an analysis of more than 1,100 hospital reports.

Redwood Area Hospital previously earned this distinction in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

- The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians has recognized family physicians at area clinics for achieving a 100 percent influenza vaccination rate among their family doctors.

Clinics that earned recognition were Affiliated Community Medical Centers clinics in Benson, Granite Falls, New London-Spicer and Willmar; Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital and Medical Clinic; Family Practice Medical Center of Willmar; and 3rd Opinion of Willmar.

This is the second year the academy has issued a challenge to Minnesota family doctors to be vaccinated against influenza. The goal is to protect patients from influenza and serve as a role model for other clinic employees.

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