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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'
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
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Harlow D. Skindelien
Marlene M. Baumann
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Dionne commentary: The disempowered majority in U.S.
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Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Parker commentary: Donald Trump's demagogic illogic
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Bruce & Deb Johnson
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November 30, 2016
Age discrimination lawsuit dismissed against Montevideo hospital
MONTEVIDEO — A 63-year-old woman's age discrimination lawsuit against Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital has been dismissed. According to court filings, Linda Nelson and the hospital mutually agreed Oct. 3 to dismiss the case in Chippewa County District Court with no in-court...
November 30, 2016 - 5:43am
November 18, 2016
Benson woman injured in two-vehicle crash
PAYNESVILLE -- A Benson woman was injured Thursday night as a passenger in a two-vehicle crash in Paynesville.
November 18, 2016 - 12:15am
August 22, 2016
Rice Hospital names new director of finance
WILLMAR—Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar has named Jessica Hennen as its director of finance. Hennen has served as a financial analyst...
August 22, 2016 - 12:19pm
August 11, 2016
Study: One in five mental health patients misplaced in Minnesota hospitals
DULUTH—Nearly one out of five patients in mental health units at Minnesota hospitals could be better served elsewhere. So says a study released Thursday by the Minnesota Hospital Association. The finding is significant at a time when the state's hospitals are overrun with mental...
August 11, 2016 - 7:42pm
June 1, 2016
Swift County-Benson Hospital to expand
BENSON — Although into its third consecutive year of losing money, the Swift County-Benson Hospital is planning a $28.3 million, two-phase construction project that includes building a new 75-unit senior living complex and remodeling the hospital. The plan also includes a new partnership...
June 1, 2016 - 11:19pm
February 19, 2016
Hospitals make some progress in the annual patient safety report
WILLMAR — Six local health facilities are on the list of Minnesota hospitals that reported a serious adverse event involving patient care last year. The Minnesota Department of Health is releasing its annual patient safety report today. Hospitals reported a total of 316 adverse...
February 19, 2016 - 12:00am
January 14, 2016
Rice intensifies efforts to keep hospital safe
WILLMAR — The death of an Aitkin police officer at St. Cloud Hospital last year, fatally shot by a patient who grabbed his gun, illustrates...
January 14, 2016 - 9:39am
September 21, 2015
RC Hospital and Clinics dedicates new facility
OLIVIA — It’s possible to deliver the very best and most modern of health care services in a rural setting and do it as an independent, locally...
September 21, 2015 - 11:50pm
September 8, 2015
Hospitals gear up for medical cannabis
WILLMAR — Local hospitals are wrestling with one of the murkier aspects of Minnesota’s new medical cannabis law: how to appropriately handle the drug when it’s used by hospitalized patients. An amendment to the law, approved this year, provided some clarity by allowing health...
September 8, 2015 - 11:51pm
April 14, 2015
State considers marketing safe baby program
ST. PAUL — Minnesota would spend $350,000 over the next two years to publicize an opportunity for mothers to leave new-born babies they do not want at places such as hospitals under a bill being considered by a state Senate committee. The funding is being considered by the Senate...
April 14, 2015 - 8:00am
April 13, 2015
Renville County Hospital and Clinics expansion to open Sept. 28
OLIVIA — The future of rural health care is taking shape on the eastern edge of Olivia, and it’s all about doing more at home. The RC Hospital...
April 13, 2015 - 11:00pm
January 1, 2015
Supreme Court rules in favor of doctors who sued Marshall hospital over medical staff bylaws
WILLMAR — In a dispute that garnered national attention, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that medical staff bylaws can be an enforceable contract between a hospital and members of the medical staff. The Supreme Court Justices also ruled that a medical staff that meets...
January 1, 2015 - 11:14pm
November 16, 2014
Forecast shows improving finances for Rice Hospital
WILLMAR — The financial forecast for Rice Memorial Hospital next year shows some strengthening in the hospital’s financial performance, with a projected margin slightly above the break-even point. The city-owned hospital had a rocky start to 2014 and posted a $3.6 million operating...
November 16, 2014 - 10:54pm
‘It has no boundaries’: Hospital, ambulance ramp up travel history screening as part of Ebola readiness efforts
WILLMAR — As national fears escalate about the Ebola virus, Rice Memorial Hospital implemented new screening guidelines Wednesday to ensure...
October 16, 2014 - 11:14pm
June 15, 2014
A new manor: Granite Falls nursing home project moving forward
GRANITE FALLS — Plans to construct a new nursing home to replace a 57-bed facility built in 1958 are moving forward in Granite Falls. The...
June 15, 2014 - 11:09pm