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Saltwater shrimp grown on the prairie
Records published Aug. 30
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.
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
April 12, 2016
Willmar Imaging Services welcomes new director
WILLMAR — Dana Woelfel has been named the new director of Willmar Imaging Services, a joint venture between Affiliated Community Medical Centers and Rice Memorial Hospital. Woelfel will provide leadership to both the staff Willmar Imaging Services and the imaging staff at all ACMC...
April 12, 2016 - 5:03am
March 30, 2016
Late mailing of MNSure forms draws lawmakers' ire
ST. PAUL — The state's failure to promptly mail critical tax forms to Minnesotans who enrolled in health insurance plans through MNsure may...
March 30, 2016 - 1:38pm
March 23, 2016
Dayton criticizes MNsure leaders for delays
ST. PAUL — Thousands of Minnesotans are still waiting for vital tax forms from the MNsure exchange, and Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday said state officials responded too late to the problem. Just over 13,000 Minnesotans have yet to receive their 1095-A tax forms, which are required...
March 23, 2016 - 11:12pm
March 17, 2016
Tax forms for MNsure still remain backlogged
ST. PAUL -- Last week, MNsure CEO Allison O’Toole assured anxious customers that the health exchange would send out a “significant” batch of 1095-A tax forms by March 15, as it tried to clear a backlog of nearly 18,000. The actual number of forms processed over the weekend:...
March 17, 2016 - 5:30am
March 2, 2016
Lawmakers to tackle Medicaid eligibility, liens
ST. PAUL -- MNsure isn’t the only health care topic up for debate this legislative session. Other issues likely to command attention include Minnesota’s public health programs, Medicaid and MinnesotaCare. A recent audit found those programs did a poor job making sure everyone...
March 2, 2016 - 5:30am
March 1, 2016
Expect a lot of talk but little action on MNsure in upcoming session
ST. PAUL -- The trick to understanding MNsure, state Rep. Matt Dean says, is that it’s like the blue-and-black dress. Or is it the white-and-gold dress? But that’s the point: “half the people look at this and see one thing, and half the people look at it and see a dress of a...
March 1, 2016 - 8:11pm
Uninsured rate in Minnesota nearly halves
A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota finds that Minnesota cut its uninsured rate nearly...
March 1, 2016 - 10:14am
February 29, 2016
Medical clinic returns to Clara City
CLARA CITY — Health care access returns to Clara City today after a two-year lapse, and it’s not just those in need of medical care who are...
February 29, 2016 - 11:44pm
February 17, 2016
MnSure officials respond to critics of liens
ST. PAUL — MNsure leaders defended the health insurance exchange from criticism over liens filed against the estates of some Medicaid recipients — but acknowledged they could have done better. Minnesota has for years filed claims against the estates of some older Medicaid recipients...
February 17, 2016 - 11:52pm
January 28, 2016
Audit: MNsure errors may top $200 million
ST. PAUL -- More than 80,000 Minnesotans enrolled in public health programs for which they weren’t eligible last year, an estimated cost to taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars. The expensive problem was caused partly by miscommunication and poor training at the Department...
January 28, 2016 - 11:24pm
January 26, 2016
Chronic diseases cost Minnesotans big money
ST. PAUL — Health care for Minnesotans with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney failure and heart disease costs eight times more than for people without them. “This report shows the significant financial toll chronic disease is taking on individuals, our communities...
January 26, 2016 - 11:40pm
January 4, 2016
Sanford offering $20K bonuses to recruit acute care nurses in Minnesota, nationwide
Sanford Health is offering signing bonuses of up to $20,000 for qualified nurses in Fargo and Bismarck, as the company seeks to meet a dire need...
January 4, 2016 - 1:55pm
January 2, 2016
Holmgren winds up long career as Willmar family doctor, leader of regional clinic
WILLMAR — Up until the last minute, Dr. Ron Holmgren’s schedule was filled with meetings, administrative work, phone calls and seeing patients....
January 2, 2016 - 12:37am
December 21, 2015
Relocation of Willmar hospital's laboratory will make way for permanent PET/CT
WILLMAR — The laboratory at Rice Memorial Hospital is preparing to move some of its services into renovated space on the second floor. Once the move is accomplished, there will be room on the first floor to add PET/CT imaging to the array of local medical imaging services. The...
December 21, 2015 - 12:05am
December 1, 2015
Home, community caregivers seek more state money
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans who provide the elderly and disabled care in their homes and other community-based settings are leaving the profession...
December 1, 2015 - 10:09pm