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Spicer receives 56 applications for administrator postion opening

SPICER -- After the city announced its administrator severance agreement plans, Spicer immediately began searching for someone to fill the open position.

The City Council announced Feb. 3 that Spicer would advertise for applicants for the city administrator role. Interim City Administrator Wayne Thompson said Tuesday that the city received 56 applications for the job.

Mayor Denny Baker said Wednesday that Spicer's Personnel Committee, of which he is a member, has already narrowed the field down to five candidates. He also said the committee would start interviews next week.

"I think we received a lot of good candidates," Baker said. "I don't know if hiring is ever easy. You try to go through them the best you can and through the interviewing process you try and come up with the person you think is going to fit the bill."

Baker said the city received applications from many local job searchers and from candidates employed by larger cities. "There's a good cross section of people," he said.

The Personnel Committee hopes to have a hiring recommendation ready for the City Council sometime in April, Baker said, most likely by the April 21 meeting.

-- Garret Felder

KERKHOVEN -- Amber Doering was recently named as the New International Exchange Coordinator of the Year by EF Foundation for Foreign Study at the foundation's annual meeting in Chicago.

Doering, a native of Willmar, teaches Spanish at Montevideo High School and lives with her husband, Scott, and son, Boyd, in Kerkhoven. 

In making the presentation, EF President Dan Sodervall cited Doering's excellent record of providing support to her schools, host families and exchange students. She is currently the foundation's representative for the Willmar, Montevideo and New London-Spicer School Districts.

ROCHESTER (AP) -- Workers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester have been alerted after a 28-year-old female employee was attacked in a stairwell.

Police say the woman was struck in the head by an unknown man in a public stairwell used primarily by employees and the not the public. The woman was not sexually assaulted.

Police Capt. Brian Winters says investigators don't know what the woman was hit with, but she did suffer minor head injuries Tuesday afternoon.

She didn't need hospitalization.

No description of the suspect is available because she was attacked from behind.

The man made no demands and fled after the attack.

Mayo Clinic Adam Brase says it notified all of its staff of the incident and offered them safety tips.

Rochester police are investigating.