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Corps denies easement to complete Dakota Access Pipeline construction in ND
Law enforcers back away from skirmish line to de-escalate tensions at Standing Rock protest site
Ag Career Fair and Technology Showcase
Fire damages rural Olivia home
Law enforcement urges peace during pipeline protests
Willmar fifth at NXN nationals
Toriumi's hat trick powers WarHawks
Dragons win first of two on northern road trip
Slagter scores 31 in Cards' tournament win
Aggressive D key to Cardinals' victory
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'
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Read Live it! December-January issue
Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
Around our region published Nov. 30
Willmar Senior High announces first-term honor roll
Evelyn R. Yanish
Todd D. Johnson
Helen W. Olson
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Treat all ladies with respect
Minnesota Opinion: Free Vikes-tix perk 'looks bad' for all
Estrich commentary: Living in the Trump twilight
Editorial: Time for two school sides to find agreement
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
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
October 24, 2014
Four hospitals in Minnesota agree to take any Ebola patient diagnosed in state
Four Minnesota hospitals have agreed to provide ongoing care for any patients diagnosed with Ebola in the state.
October 24, 2014 - 11:57pm
October 3, 2014
Minnesota hospitals prepare for Ebola threat
Minnesota hospitals are in a heightened state of readiness following confirmation this week of the first U.S. case of Ebola in Texas. Hennepin...
October 3, 2014 - 11:37pm
May 22, 2014
Minnesota Commentary: Sound alarm even in VA stories not local
From Forum News Service An editorial from a Minnesota newspaper. Sound alarm even in VA stories not local DULUTH — Problems plaguing VA medical facilities in Phoenix and elsewhere apparently aren’t happening here in the Twin Ports. That’s something...
May 22, 2014 - 5:00am
January 24, 2014
Minnesota reports 15 deaths from hospital errors
ST. PAUL -- Fifteen patients died because of errors in Minnesota hospitals last year, according to an annual report from the Minnesota Department of Health. The “adverse health events” report, released Thursday, noted an overall decrease in the number of incidents reported...
January 24, 2014 - 8:40am
April 22, 2013
Minnesota House debates health bill not knowing hospital impact
ST. PAUL — Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health-care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals around the state. Most Democrats favored the bill while most Republicans opposed it. Highlighting debate was an amendment by Rep. Will...
April 22, 2013 - 11:20pm
February 13, 2013
Battle brews in Minn. over hospital nurse staffing
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota nurses are forging ahead with a call for state lawmakers to enact standards that dictate how hospitals staff their units. The Minnesota Nurses Association planned Wednesday to outline its legislative proposal. The nurses union, which staged a brief...
February 13, 2013 - 8:54am
January 20, 2011
Little change seen by state in reportable patient harm at hospitals
WILLMAR -- Minnesota hospitals saw little change last year in the number of adverse events reported to the state Health Department. There were 305 "never" events that met the mandatory reporting threshold, according to an annual report being released today by the state Department...
January 20, 2011 - 12:00am
January 14, 2011
Medicaid opt-in is good for hospitals in rural Minnesota
Gov. Mark Dayton's first executive order this month was to opt Minnesota into early enrollment in the federal Medicaid program for the state's poor. It was a good move for Willmar's Rice Memorial Hospital and other rural hospitals in west central Minnesota. Medicaid will...
January 14, 2011 - 7:01am
January 16, 2010
Two area hospitals report adverse events in 2009
WILLMAR -- After a piece of a sizing cuff was accidentally left inside a patient during major surgery at Rice Memorial Hospital last year, a hospital team gathered to analyze how it happened and how to prevent similar incidents in the future. The hospital has since adopted a different...
January 16, 2010 - 12:00am
January 17, 2009
Report outlines adverse events at Minnesota hospitals in 2008
After a patient at Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital died by suicide last year, a hospital team sat down and analyzed what happened and how corrective action could be taken to prevent it from happening again. The process "definitely" was helpful, said Mark Paulson, the hospital's...
January 17, 2009 - 12:00am
December 11, 2008
Rice issues annual community benefit report
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital provided $17.8 million worth of community benefits -- ranging from charity care to free support groups and health fairs -- in 2006, according to a report released Wednesday to the hospital board of directors. The amount represents 20.9 percent of...
December 11, 2008 - 12:00am