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Workshop offered on business websites

WILLMAR -- A workshop on "Websites: Simple to Complex" will be offered for local business owners from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the computer lab at the New London-Spicer High School in New London.

During the free hands-on workshop, participants will learn about the options available for creating a business website, including free resources, moderately priced customizable websites and more complex websites.

The workshop will be presented by Liz Templin, an educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

To register, call the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission at 320-235-7370 or email

Dwire, Steinborn, Bode join Rice Home Medical

WILLMAR -- Ashley Dwire, Tiffany Steinborn and Jim Bode have joined Rice Home Medical at the Willmar location, 1033 19th Ave. S.W.

Rice Home Medical is a medical equipment company that sells and rents equipment and supplies for use in the home.

Dwire has been hired as medical assistance/commercial biller. She attended Ridgewater College for the medical coding program and completed an internship at Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital before joining Rice Home Medical.

Dwire lives in Kerkhoven with her husband and 2-year-old son.

Steinborn has been hired as customer service representative. She has an elementary education degree from St. Cloud State University. She has been a substitute teacher and worked at Cub Pharmacy before joining Rice Home Medical.

Steinborn lives in Grove City with her significant other and daughter.

Bode has been hired as delivery technician. He attended Willmar Community College. He has been a certified EMT since 1983 and worked for Willmar Ambulance before joining Rice Home Medical.

Bode and his wife and son live in Atwater.

Wohnoutka is stylist at Blondies

WILLMAR -- Amber Wohnoutka has joined Blondies Hair Harbor Salon, 229 Litchfield Ave. S.W. in Willmar, as a stylist. Services offered are haircuts, perms, color, highlights, extensions, waxing, nail services and updos.

She grew up in Spicer, graduated from Ridgewater College in cosmetology and worked at Spalon Montage in Edina before relocating to Blondies. Wohnoutka has 18 months of experience.

Her schedule is 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday by appointment. The number is 320-214-8310.


DAWSON -- Johnson Memorial Health Services of Dawson has been named by WomenCertified as one of 100 top hospitals for patient experience.

The selection is based on a proprietary scoring process that incorporates data from the national standardized Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey along with a higher level of analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction.

Johnson Memorial Health Services was ranked 24th for hospitals with 100 or fewer beds.

Kathy Johnson, administrator and CEO, said the hospital and staff have been working hard to provide an excellent experience for patients and their families.

In make the list, hospitals must meet all qualifications for the WomenCertified Women's Choice Award. Survey questions relate to women and their perception of communication with nurses; communication with doctors; help responsiveness; cleanliness; and likelihood of recommendation or referral of the hospital to a friend or family member.

Johnson provides hospital, clinic, care center, home health and ambulance services, and employs more than 200 full-time and part-time staff. Johnson Memorial Health Services also received the 2011 Aging Services of Minnesota Excellence in the Workplace Award.

City of Willmar Building Permits

Sept. 9 to 23, 2011

Clyde Strege, 909 Park Ave. N.W., residential re-side and reroof, $35,000.

Refugio Zavala, 133 High Ave. N.E., residential reroof, $2,000.

Thomas Ost, 519 Mary Ave. S.E., residential reroof, $2,000.

Bradley Delage, 1908 20th Ave. S.W., residential reroof, $5,500.

Branda Streich, 510 Charlotte St. S.E., gas furnace replacement, $0.

Jose Ramos, 1400 Lakeland Dr. E., No. 209, move in mobile home, $0.

Robert and Diane Lawton, 400 24th Ave. S.W., residential deck, $1,400.

Rice Hospital, City of Willmar, 301 Becker Ave. S.W., install new door at west entrance, $21,000.

Allan Kobilansky, 1211 Becker Ave. S.W., residential reside, $650.

Joann VanBuren, 506 Julii St. S.E., residential reroof, $600.

Matt Berndt, 508 11th St. S.W., residential reroof, $2,000.

Rice Hospital, City of Willmar, 301 Becker Ave. S.W., minor remodel to room 1804/install new door, $3,600.

Rice Hospital, City of Willmar, 301 Becker Ave. S.W., minor dialysis room remodel, $3,875.

Shawna Adrian, 1520 Monongalia Ave. S.W., residential reroof, $3,500.

TKCS Investments, 1010 Highway 12 E., accessible ramp, $800.

Ivan Eckstrom, 516 Ann St. S.E., demolish garage, $0.

Divine House Inc., 1604 Sixth St. S.W., residential reroof, $4,000.

ML Miller Properties, 600 19th Ave. S.E., construct 5,683-square-foot commercial building, $411,110.

Dan and Kathy Tollefson, 2605 Sixth Ave. S.E., new home and garage, $190,910.

Nathero Selseth, 115 Trott Ave. S.E., construct 24-foot-by-24-foot detached garage and reroof residence, $30,000.

Richard Tornquist, 821 Monongalia Ave. S.W., interior draintile, $1,631.

Evelyn Bishman, 1429 11th St. S.W., wall anchors, $11,000.

Sandy Abell, 1204 Williams Ave. S.W., interior draintile, $5,000.

Lupe Serrano, 919 Third St. S.W., residential reroof, $1,500.

Nathan Larson, 109 14th St. N.W., residential reroof and re-side detached garage, $5,200.

Steve Woehler, 1313 12th St. S.E., new home and garage, $219,546.

Lorri Matthys, 2400 Ninth St. S.W., residential reroof, $7,377.

Doug Lindblad, 2870 Fairway Dr. N.E., residential addition, $23,099.

Vernon Ashburn, 1400 Richland Ave. S.W., residential reroof, $6,500.

Ardell Engwall, 314 Bernard St. S.E., residential reroof, $500.

Judy and Stacy Fladeboe, 706 17th St. S.W., residential reroof, $10,000.

Rick Bulthuis, 2204 Richland Dr. S.W., residential storage shed, $9,142.

All building permit information is from the City of Willmar Building Inspection Report. The value of the project is rounded to the nearest dollar. Building removals have no dollar value.