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Prairie protection to be part of Renville County park study
Xcel, FAA research using drones to inspect electric lines
Alaska man injured in morning rollover in New London Township
High speed chase ends in Willmar with arrest of juvenile
Convictions published Feb. 21
Girls Basketball: Cards streak by Alex
Blackhawks close in on first-place Wild with win in St. Paul
Boys Basketball: Montevideo overpowers YME
Boys Basketball: Dragons edge NLS
Boys Basketball: Eisenbacher's double-double leads ACGC
New London Little Theatre Review: 'Opal's Million Dollar Duck' is genuine
'9 to 5' one for the ages -- even in Willmar: Musical on Barn stage through Feb. 26
Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80
Golden Globe Awards: 'La La Land' Breaks Record for Most Win
Streaming overtakes U.S. digital music sales for first time: Nielsen
Around our region published Feb. 22
Many Americans unaware of important heart health numbers: survey
Slow cooker recipes for easy meals on weeknights
Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios
Reader News: Diaper Bears for Hope Pregnancy Center
Howard J. Powers
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Willmar Commentary: America's predictable pension crisis
Harrop commentary: Trump has media crying ... all the way to the bank
Parenting Perspectives: Let your kids choose -- or pave -- their own paths
May 16, 2016
Three Rice nurses honored for impact they have on patients
WILLMAR -- Three Rice Memorial Hospital nurses -- Susie Johnson, JoDee Faiman-Altmann and Jennifer Lee -- were honored last week for making a difference in the lives of their patients. The My Nurse Made the Difference awards, given each year, recognize Rice Hospital nurses who exemplify...
May 16, 2016 - 10:35am
October 22, 2015
Rice Memorial Hospital OKs new contract for RNs
WILLMAR — A new three-year contract has been approved with registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital, providing raises intended to keep the pay scale competitive with other hospitals in the market. The agreement gives the nurses a pay increase of 2 percent across the board in...
October 22, 2015 - 11:09pm
March 10, 2015
Bill sets nurse minimums
ST. PAUL — Minnesota nurses praise state House legislation that would require a minimum number of nurses to be on duty at hospitals. “As a patient, you’re in the most vulnerable position of your life,” said Linda Hamilton, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, “and...
March 10, 2015 - 11:34pm
May 12, 2014
Three Rice nurses honored for impact on patients
WILLMAR — Three registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital were honored this past week for making a difference in the lives of their patients. Monica Rohner, Jeannine Dahl and Karen Janssen were chosen by a panel of judges for exemplifying the skills and compassion that nurses...
May 12, 2014 - 11:47pm
May 2, 2014
Rice Hospital nurses reach tentative contract agreement
WILLMAR — The Minnesota Nurses Association announces that nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar have achieved a tentative contract agreement with hospital management. The association said Friday that the 213-member bargaining unit is recommending ratification of the agreement. The...
May 2, 2014 - 11:38pm
March 19, 2014
Rice Hospital nurses say contract concessions could affect workforce
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association say they are deeply concerned about the tone set by hospital management’s concessionary proposals made in negotiations with nurses represented by the association. “The underlying message...
March 19, 2014 - 4:00am
April 26, 2013
West Central Minnesota nurses to receive training in caring for sexual assault victims
WILLMAR — Beginning Tuesday, registered nurses from several area hospitals will begin advanced training in forensic evidence collection in cases of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program is a 40-hour certification course on evidence collection and how...
April 26, 2013 - 11:51pm
March 18, 2013
Talks crumble on proposal regarding Minnesota nurses’ staffing levels
ST. PAUL — Nurses and the Minnesota Hospital Association appeared to have stitched together a deal late last week on a proposal that originally would have required specific nurse staffing levels. But on Monday, it was back to the operating room to work on a state legislative bill...
March 18, 2013 - 10:58pm
March 6, 2013
Concerns raised over Minnesota hospital staffing
ST. PAUL — Rural hospitals could suffer under a proposal aimed at improving patient care, some health care officials and lawmakers say. Ely hospital administrator John Fossum said a bill that would set state standards for how many registered nurses are on duty “could kill people.”...
March 6, 2013 - 11:23pm
May 10, 2012
HealthBeat blog: The truth about nurses
May 10, 2012 - 8:42am
January 21, 2011
Rice Hospital nurses hold rally as mediation talks begin today
WILLMAR -- Registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital wore red T-shirts and held handmade signs in a show of solidarity this morning as mediation got under way between hospital management and the nurses' bargaining unit. The 220 RNs represented by the local unit of the Minnesota...
January 21, 2011 - 11:48am
January 19, 2011
Letter: Disrespecting the nurses
A hospital CEO recently thought it was important to have a mandatory meeting in which he directed staff to follow the golden rule at work. This same CEO felt that quality treatment is dependent on how staff treat one another and then went on to say, "It's easier to treat patients...
January 19, 2011 - 7:10am
October 22, 2009
State establishes influenza help line
ST. PAUL -- Operators are standing by to answer calls from feverish, coughing and achy Minnesotans. What Minnesota health officials call the country's first statewide flu help line that can prescribe medicine launched Wednesday at (866) 259-4655. Minnesota FluLine, open 24 hours...
October 22, 2009 - 12:00am
June 11, 2009
HealthBeat blog: Real nurses sound off about TV portrayals
What do real nurses think about how their profession is portrayed on television? The debut of two new shows this month - "HawthoRNe" and "Nurse Jackie" gives real-life nurses a chance to sound off about the issue. The West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog takes a look at what's being...
June 11, 2009 - 9:29am
April 10, 2009
New contract OK'd for Rice RNs
WILLMAR -- Registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital have a new contract that gives them a 4 percent pay increase this year and a 3.5 percent increase next year. The labor agreement with the Minnesota Nurses Association was approved Wednesday by the board of directors at the city-owned...
April 10, 2009 - 12:00am