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Polar vortex redux? Forecasters say cold could hit next week
Montevideo father sentenced for assault of baby
Early ice fishing on Willmar Lake
Records published Dec. 10
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
'Prairie Angels' makes a timely arrival in Renville County
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
February 9, 2012
Plan unveiled to board for renovating Rice Care Center
WILLMAR -- A proposal to renovate the skilled nursing wings at the Rice Care Center calls for a "household" concept that creates groups of resident...
February 9, 2012 - 12:00am
February 7, 2012
Bays hired as senior housing co-op director
WILLMAR -- Cathy Bays has been hired as housing director for Independence Place Senior Housing Cooperative, 1400 Willmar Ave.
February 7, 2012 - 12:00am
January 31, 2012
Areavoices.com: A vision of future health care
I have seen a vision of the future of health care and it looks like... well, I don't know exactly what, because it hasn't happened yet. But it's...
January 31, 2012 - 8:46am
January 28, 2012
Vision for future of local health care unveiled to Willmar, Minn., area providers
WILLMAR -- Local health organizations were handed an opportunity this week to redesign how they care for patients. What's envisioned is a complete realignment of how doctors and hospitals are paid, with rewards for making patients better and information technology to guide decision-making...
January 28, 2012 - 12:00am
December 22, 2011
Areavoices.com: Getting personal about cost of health care
Health care is very personal, and this includes the financial aspects of how we pay for care. To read the rest of this Health Beat story, visit...
December 22, 2011 - 8:49am
December 9, 2011
Governor fights court order halting Minnesota day care union election
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton is challenging a court order blocking an election that would allow in-home day care workers to join unions. His spokeswoman, Katharine Tinucci, said he will dispute the issue at a Jan. 17 Ramsey County District Court hearing. Judge Dale Lindman on Monday...
December 9, 2011 - 12:00am
December 6, 2011
Judge puts brakes on day care union vote in Minn.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota day care provider vote to join unions is least temporarily on hold. A judge Monday ordered a stop to an election that was to begin Wednesday. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton last month ordered the vote, which two unions have sought for six years. Ramsey County...
December 6, 2011 - 12:00am
November 29, 2011
Workers at Montevideo, Minn., nursing home ratify agreement, avert strike
MONTEVIDEO -- Workers at Luther Haven have ratified a new three-year labor contract that averts a possible strike at the skilled nursing facility in Montevideo. Workers approved the agreement in a vote Wednesday, according to Ryan Nagle with Service Employees International Union-Health...
November 29, 2011 - 12:00am
Some providers of day care in Minn., fear they would lose say under unions
November 29, 2011 - 12:00am
November 21, 2011
Unions don't attend House hearing on organizing child-care providers
November 21, 2011 - 12:53pm
November 15, 2011
Dayton orders day care union vote in Minn.; GOP to sue
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton this morning ordered an election to allow child care providers to vote whether they want a union representing them. Republicans immediately said they will go to court to prevent next month's vote. Dayton said child care providers who receive state subsidies...
November 15, 2011 - 12:09pm
October 31, 2011
Dayton sets Minn. health care task force in motion
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A new task force is being deployed to examine an old dilemma: How to hold down costs while improving access to health coverage in Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton today issued an executive order establishing a health care task force, filled out with some of his...
October 31, 2011 - 11:21am
October 24, 2011
Demise of Obama long-term care plan leaves gap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the one major health expense for which nearly all Americans are uninsured. The dilemma of paying for long-term care is likely to worsen now that the Obama administration pulled the plug on a program seen as a first step. The Community Living Assistance Services...
October 24, 2011 - 4:15pm
August 1, 2011
Rice Hospital sees smooth implementation of pay-in-advance policy
WILLMAR -- When Rice Memorial Hospital adopted a policy last December asking patients to pay at least part of their bill up front, there were...
August 1, 2011 - 12:00am
July 14, 2011
Willmar, Minn., hospital workforce is leaner, more highly trained
WILLMAR -- The workforce at Rice Memorial Hospital is leaner than ever -- and increasingly experienced and highly trained. Through streamlining and efficiencies, the number of employees at the city-owned hospital and its entities, which include the Rice Care Center and Rice Rehabilitation...
July 14, 2011 - 12:00am