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Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
Former Willmar teacher charged for allegedly striking student
On national stage, Franken highlights diversity in Willmar
NLS opens bids for $20.6M construction project
Minnesota family rescues bald eagle tangled in rope
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
NFL Notebook: Gordon reinstated, then suffers injury
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
Anita "Ricky" Hoyt
Harvey Lee Peterson
Harry E. Lindbloom
Audrey O. Forkrud
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
Sheriff's office investigating Zorbaz robbery as false report
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
May 6, 2014
Letter: Why no visit from the doctor?
I was very surprised to learn that most ACMC doctors who are our primary care doctor over the years will not be available to be our doctor should we have to enter Rice Hospital as a patient. Some doctors continue to provide a continuum of care both at ACMC and Rice Hospital. I think...
May 6, 2014 - 4:00am
April 22, 2014
Groundbreaking today for new RC Hospital and Clinics in Olivia
OLIVIA — The RC Hospital and Clinics will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. today to mark the start of construction on a new hospital and health care facility on Olivia’s eastern edge. The $24 million facility will be constructed on a 26-acre campus with a street address...
April 22, 2014 - 6:00am
April 18, 2014
RNs in midst of contract talks urge Willmar's Rice hospital to invest in its nurses
WILLMAR — Registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital made a show of solidarity Wednesday, showing up at a meeting of the hospital board of directors to give a statement about the progress of their union contract talks. But the 20 nurses, most of them wearing red Minnesota Nurses...
April 18, 2014 - 5:00am
February 4, 2014
Frostbite victim moving to St. Cloud hospital
ST. PAUL --The 19-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student who suffered frostbite after spending a night outside in sub-zero temperatures was set to go to hospital in her hometown of St. Cloud on Monday. That was the word from Alyssa Lommel’s mother, Teri, on Alyssa’s...
February 4, 2014 - 11:57am