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Alexandria lifeguard credited following back-to-back emergencies
Search continues for victim after boat collision on Minnesota lake
Feared iPhone, iPad hacking software is now a reality
Minnesota men face felony charges after shoplifting sunglasses, possessing heroin
Two Kandiyohi County churches close their doors this weekend
BKMS tennis team runs record to 6-0
Bridgewater calms concerns about sore shoulder
Cabrera leads Tigers past Twins, 9-4
Willmar tennis opens season with sweep
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
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
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
Carol J. Hansen
Alan Lee Midby
Paul J. Willems
Commentary: Trump 'charm' offensive will not work with women
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cartoon by Gary Markstein
Trump's new evolving immigration plan is no 'flip-flop'
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