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Parishioners salvage items from fire-damaged Sacred Heart church
Eden Valley woman injured in crash with tractor
Math, reading scores stall in latest round of Minnesota testing
Man arrested after high-speed chase in Minnesota, pleads guilty to killing woman in Michigan
Motorist hits 115 mph as he leads trooper on I-94 chase
Vikings extend contract of head coach Mike Zimmer
Freeman's four hits, five RBIs fuel Braves' 9-7 win
Towns embracing Minnesota as home
Peterson helping teammates set sights on Super Bowl
Stingers can't catch Express
Small town Lake Lillian gears up for big time production
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
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
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Alice M. Anderson
Charles "Jim" Syverson
Chris H. Nissen
Will: The path ahead for Hillary Clinton
Commentary: For Trump to Lose, GOP must let Clinton win
Commentary: Trump: Seeking victory through fear
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Commentary: Ted Cruz holds his nose
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
November 24, 2015
'Flying ICU's' part of rural health care strategy in Willmar, growing number of Minnesota hospital systems
DULUTH - It was ironic that in an event intended to highlight high-speed transfer of patients from remote places to city hospitals, the main...
November 24, 2015 - 9:48am
November 18, 2015
MNsure’s interim CEO given permanent position
ST. PAUL — Allison O’Toole will remain the chief executive officer of MNsure, the group’s board of directors announced Wednesday. O’Toole has served as interim CEO since May, and had not previously expressed interest in retaining the position. Board Chairman Pete Benner said...
November 18, 2015 - 11:03pm
November 17, 2015
Citizens in west central Minnesota speak out on rising health insurance costs
OLIVIA — Legislators heard the pain that rising health care insurance premiums are causing those who are buying individual policies this year. Small...
November 17, 2015 - 11:33pm
August 18, 2015
SW Minn. health partnership achieves $4 million in savings
WILLMAR — An integrated health partnerships demonstration project by Southern Prairie Community Care achieved $4 million in savings in 2014 while managing care for the Medicaid population in 12 participating counties. Altogether, the 16 provider groups working with the Minnesota...
August 18, 2015 - 5:41pm
July 23, 2015
Nearly $2 billion in Minnesota spent on care that likely could have been avoided
ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers, health plans and individuals spent $1.9 billion in 2012 for health care that potentially could have been prevented. So...
July 23, 2015 - 10:00am