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Minnesota teacher under investigation found dead on island with husband
MPCA seeks comment on water quality reports for Chippewa River Watershed
Heavy storms lead to flash flooding in central Minn.
Docs facing more parents who refuse to vaccinate kids
Traffic deaths rise 7.2% in 2015; almost half involved no seat belt use
Card girls dominate Shocky Strand cross country race
Cardinal volleyball has state on its mind
Berger gets his turn at center
MURPHY: Bridgewater shows there's no reason to panic
Chargers like stadium better than new turf
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
George Michael "Mike" McCarthy
Lawrence "Larry" Frederick Harding
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cohen: The alchemy of turning bribes into gifts
Thomas: Where there's smoke there is fire
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Updated: Five injured in three-vehicle crash in Willmar
August 9, 2016
Kandiyohi County sees worrisome increase in self-neglect reports among vulnerable adults
WILLMAR—They're older or disabled, vulnerable, frequently living alone with little support, and sinking into self-neglect. It's a situation...
August 9, 2016 - 5:39pm
July 15, 2016
Regional grants awarded to support community aging
HUTCHINSON -- The Southwest Initiative Foundation has awarded eight grants totaling $275,960 to support Age-Friendly Community projects in southwest...
July 15, 2016 - 11:50pm
July 11, 2016
Memory cafe to fill unmet social, emotional needs of dementia
WILLMAR—As part of their homework for starting a memory cafe in Willmar, Kathy Thonvold and Renita Thonvold visited Arthur's Memory Cafe...
July 11, 2016 - 11:48am
September 6, 2015
More Minn. cabin owners expected to become full-timers at the lake as boomers age
OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. -- From the windows of their remodeled farmhouse, Gary and Karalyn Harrington can watch the cattails sway along the...
September 6, 2015 - 11:31am
Divine Home Care names Aakre marketing manager
WILLMAR — Divine Home Care has hired Samantha Aakre as marketing manager. She will be responsible for managing advertising, marketing and promotional activities for the company. Also, she will be responsible for maintenance of company website and social media platforms. Aakre joined...
May 6, 2015 - 12:46am
April 27, 2015
Letter: Listening to long-term care issues
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the following legislators who met with me, fellow caregivers, residents and other senior care providers at the LeadingAge Minnesota's Regional Town Hall Forum that was held April 2 at Avera Marshall Medical Center. The legislators...
April 27, 2015 - 6:52am
April 25, 2015
Letter: A crisis in eldercare
West central Minnesota has always been a great place to live, work and raise a family. We need to make sure that it is also a great place to grow older. As a registered nurse in long-term care, I see daily the crisis we are in at this time. I have worked in long-term care my...
April 25, 2015 - 4:55am
March 10, 2015
Letter: Funding for the elderly
We all know that a lack of funding for our nursing homes and long-term care system is a major problem, especially as our state gets older. But I was a little surprised when I heard comments on the issue from our new state representative, Dave Baker. Baker was quoted in a story saying,...
March 10, 2015 - 12:00am
July 7, 2014
Rice Care project enters final phase: 4 years of continuous construction
WILLMAR — The familiar canopy at the front entrance to the Rice Care Center is gone and the parking area turned into a field of gravel. The...
July 7, 2014 - 10:50pm
June 19, 2014
Caregiver support tops priority list of local initiative on Alzheimer’s
WILLMAR — Support for caregivers of aging adults with dementia topped a list of priorities identified at a community forum earlier this month on Alzheimer’s disease and age-related dementia. Increased awareness and knowledge of dementia also was high on the list. Lagging a little...
June 19, 2014 - 10:48pm
June 4, 2014
Many voices: Nearly 100 contribute input at community forums on dementia
WILLMAR — The small-group conversations got intense at a pair of local forums Wednesday on setting priorities for a community response to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age-related dementia. Service pro-viders spoke of being in frequent crisis mode, struggling to help...
June 4, 2014 - 11:38pm
May 23, 2014
Bethesda gives sneak preview of $21M campus expansion in Willmar
WILLMAR — Groundbreaking for a $21 million expansion of the Bethesda Health and Housing Pleasant View campus is still a couple of months away,...
May 23, 2014 - 3:00am
May 7, 2014
Commentary: Making progress to support caregivers
Minnesota’s population is getting older and we know that ensuring we have talented, compassionate people to provide the highest quality of care for our loved ones is essential for our local communities. Over the last two years, we’ve taken steps to increase funding for our care...
May 7, 2014 - 6:00am
April 24, 2014
15th annual Life Connections for seniors is today
WILLMAR — The 15th annual Life Connections for seniors is happening from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Willmar Civic Center. The event, sponsored...
April 24, 2014 - 11:01pm
April 22, 2014
15th annual Life Connections is Friday
WILLMAR — Up to 2,000 people are expected to attend the 15th annual Life Connections Friday at the Willmar Civic Center. The all-day event,...
April 22, 2014 - 11:09pm