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April 3, 2013
A staff person at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center lies under the linear accelerator for demonstration purposes. The machine is used to deliver radiation therapy. The cancer center at Rice Memorial Hospital is one of a widening array of services owned and operated by Willmar Medical Services, a joint venture between the city-owned hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Willmar Medical Services: Partnership leads to better, more cost-effective patient care
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Jerrie Dodge, center right, coaches a water aerobics class at Club Bethesda in Willmar. The club, open to people age 50 and over, has more than 500 members. The fitness programs are part of Bethesda’s wellness center. People in their 50s and 60s who’ve never set foot in a nursing home come to Bethesda’s Wellness Center every week to use the customized exercise equipment or swim in the heated therapeutic pool. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Bethesda at forefront of aging demographics, new expectations
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
An estimated 109,000 children and youth, birth to age 21, in Minnesota need treatment for serious emotional disturbances. In some cases, without intervention as an infant, when the child is 2 years old they may have trouble connecting with parents and peers. Web image
Mental health care impacts even the very young child
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Meghan Weiss, from left, Ava Brogren, Shaleya Morales, Brooklyn Mueske and Alisae Ramirez take turns reading their lines in a short play in their third-grade classroom at Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Willmar benefits and faces challenges with its minority students
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
The venture into the local foods economy has allowed two generations to work together on the family farm north of Clara City. Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPol are shown with their son Josh, daughter-in-law Cindy and their children, Jake, Andrew and Kirsten. Photo courtesy of HMD Photography of Belgrade
Pastures A Plenty: Building a local foods economy by pioneering the path to the world
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Jeff Muhl operates one of the water jets that cleanly cuts metals, plastics, rubber and rock to produce component parts for several different industries. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
Manufacturing is big economic player in region due to the entrepreneurial spirit
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
John Larson has returned to his rural roots, and rents space in the Milan Community Building for his studio. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
A great place to create: A young artist returns to his roots
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Ann Thompson opened Billy Maple Tree’s to feature the works of artists in the region nearly eight years ago. She knew the area was home to many talented artists, and was confident that Milan’s growing identity as a community supporting the arts would help draw customers. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
Arts Economy creating a future in Upper Minnesota River Valley
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Larry Konsterlie loads his truck March 25 with grain stored on his farm in rural Pennock. “It’s an exciting time, but also a cautious time,” Konsterlie said, as U.S. farmers are increasingly exporting their grain and livestock to feed the hungry world. Agriculture’s future looks prosperous, he said. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Farming in an exciting time, but caution may be warranted
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am