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Paynesville Bridal Fair is Jan. 27

PAYNESVILLE — The 2013 Paynesville Bridal Fair will be noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Queen Bee Banquet Center, 121 W. James St., in historic downtown Paynesville. The fair will feature 30 vendors.

Visitors will receive free goodie bags, food, drinks, door prizes and wedding hints and tips. Drawings will be held throughout the afternoon, and there are three grand prizes. Persons need not be present to win grand prizes.

New mental health provider in Willmar

WILLMAR — Crow River Family Services and Hooganaga Family Farms have opened an office in Willmar that specializes in treating children and adolescents experiencing mental and behavioral health problems.

The office provides both outpatient and community-based services in central Minnesota. The office is located at 414 Becker Ave. S.W., Suite 2B. The office also provides mental health services to individuals, couples, and families.

The providers are known for creativity in successfully addressing mental and behavioral health concerns and have many references related to their work in mental health. Dirt Group (created by Hooganaga Family Farms) is an experiential social skills group which provides an opportunity for participation in a safe, cohesive environment for youth who struggle with socialization issues as a result of their mental health condition.

Dirt Group produces tangible results, helps prepare participants for life, provides opportunities for successful social identity development, gives participants an opportunity to make a difference in their communities by donating fresh produce grown by Dirt Group to local area food shelves and people in need and fosters a “big ripple effect’’ as participants through their participation in Dirt Group increase social competencies which can be generalized to home, school, and community settings.

The office can be reached at 320-220-2551.


Dr. Kenneth M. Flowe, chief medical officer for Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only 8,500 health care executives hold this distinction. To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional and community involvement.

Fellows commit to professional development and undergo recertification every three years. The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 health care executives who lead hospitals and health care systems and organizations.

Eric E. Weiberg, of Willmar, a trustee at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, was among 10 hospital trustees from across Minnesota to be recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program.

The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders. By participating in the program, hospital trustees receive training on current health care trends; governance best practices; ethics; government regulations; patient safety; and quality. Participants receive 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

David Newcomer, M.D., ACMC medical director and internal medicine physician, has achieved certification from the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Care. “Dr. Newcomer’s accomplishment in becoming certified in hospice and palliative medicine shows his commitment to providing quality care in assessing and managing the physical, psychological and spiritual challenges faced by patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families,” said Dr. Ronald Holmgren, ACMC president and CEO.


Greg Kiecker of Hector has received the designation of Senior Accredited Minnesota Assessor, the highest license designation awarded by the Minnesota State Board of Assessors. Kiecker completed the required narrative on residential property, passed the eight-hour exam and participated in an oral interview with the 14-member State Board of Assessors and the Minnesota Department of Revenue. He has demonstrated skills in farm appraisal techniques, residential appraisal, mass appraisal, income and commercial appraisal, lakeshore property appraisal and required administrative and ethics courses. He has studied at the University of Minnesota, Kaplan University, Minnesota Department of Revenue and Florida Department of Revenue.