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Video: Willmar Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
State seeking Adopt a Highway volunteers, program saves state $6 million
Federal judge strikes down Minn. rules on out-of-state power plants
Willmar City Council to meet Monday evening
Willmar Schools realigning program for English Learners to serve greater number of students
NBA Playoffs: Heat shake off slow start to clip Bobcats
PGA: Kuchar wins Heritage on bunker shot
NFL: Former 2,000-yard rusher Johnson out to quiet critics
MLB: Braves’ Harang comes close to tossing no-hitter
Football: Ex-soldier says his friendly-fire shots might’ve killed Tillman
Stephen Colbert named to takeover 'Late Show' on CBS
4-part harmony on stage Saturday at WEAC in Willmar, Minn.
Bemidji featured as FX posts first seven minutes of 'Fargo' series
Mickey Rooney, versatile actor and master showman, dies At 93
David Letterman to retire from CBS 'Late Show' In 2015
Family Dollar to cuts jobs, plans to close about 350 stores
Green Mill reopens after extensive remodel
BlackBerry severs sales ties with T-Mobile
Nominatinations sought for B2B’s ‘5 Over 40’ issue in west central Minnesota
GlenOaks expands services offered at Village Apartments in New London
Cornelius "Cornie" Zondervan
Kyle J. Rotert
Alice F. Schwab
Dorothy L. Becker
For area Magic: The Gathering fans, it’s more than just a game
Twitter rolls out new look to user profile pages
Motorcycle safety: Training key to saving lives this riding season
Valle — Steinhaus
Monson — Wetterling
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Commentary: Irrigation helps U.S. farmers feed the world
Letter: A need to help homeless
Commentary: Supreme oligarchy
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
January 23, 2014
6.3 million eligible for Medicaid since Obamacare launch: U.S. agency
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 6.3 million Americans were deemed eligible for government healthcare plans for the poor since the October 1 launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare law through December, federal officials reported on Wednesday. The swelling rolls for Medicaid...
news / nation
January 23, 2014 - 6:37am
January 9, 2014
Blue Cross takes back control of Medicaid’s rural rides
ST. PAUL — Complaints have piled up since Jan. 1 that rural Minnesota’s poor, disabled and elderly struggled to arrange rides to their medical appointments, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota decided to fix that on Thursday by reverting to a system that worked in 2013. Blue...
news / state
January 9, 2014 - 10:51pm
July 3, 2013
Southern Prairie Community Care selected for statewide pilot program
WILLMAR - A consortium of 12 rural counties, including Kandiyohi County, has been selected for a three-year pilot project that could serve as a state and national model for how services are provided to people receiving government-funded medical care. Southern Prairie Community Care...
news / local
July 3, 2013 - 5:32am
January 28, 2013
Money fears vs. benefits in Medicaid choice
WASHINGTON — President Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can’t refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year. The repercussions...
news / nation
January 28, 2013 - 10:16pm
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...
opinion / editorials
January 14, 2011 - 7:01am
January 13, 2011
Hospitals on board with early opt-in for Medicaid
WILLMAR -- Regardless of the politics surrounding Minnesota's expansion of the Medicaid program, hospitals in Minnesota mostly welcome the move. The measure, which outgoing Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty opposed, was one of the first signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, as he took...
news / local
January 13, 2011 - 12:00am
January 5, 2011
Dayton gives health-care protesters the mic
news / state
January 5, 2011 - 11:03am
Dayton opts for Medicaid health expansion in Minn.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Tea party protesters crowded into Gov. Mark Dayton's office today as he deepened Minnesota's participation in the federal health care overhaul. The Democratic governor was both booed by protesters and cheered by supporters during a Wednesday news conference...
news / state
January 5, 2011 - 10:11am
October 15, 2009
Rice Memorial Hospital reports its provided $18.5M in community benefits last year
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital provided $18.5 million worth of community benefits in 2008 -- more than 20 percent of the city-owned hospital's operating costs. The total includes benefits such as charity care, health fairs and free support groups for patients. The biggest chunk...
news / local / community
October 15, 2009 - 12:00am