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WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County will move forward with the development of a master plan for the county park system. The final product will help shape the long-term future direction of one of Kandiyohi County's major assets, not only for tourism but for overall quality of life as well. "The impact we get is going to set the course for the next 20 to 30 years," said Commissioner Steve Ahmann.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County is joining PrimeWest Health, a move that in effect will allow the county to directly operate the state's low-income health programs for its poorest and most vulnerable residents. The decision was made unanimously Tuesday by the County Board of Commissioners.
WILLMAR — In Lake Lillian, preparation for an election used to start months ahead of time. Election judges had to be recruited and trained. Voting equipment had to be tested. All of that is changing this year as the city joins the growing ranks of Minnesota voting precincts opting to conduct elections entirely by mail. Voters will face a learning curve as they get used to the new process, said John Douville, clerk-treasurer for the city of Lake Lillian. But in the long run, it will be more efficient for the city and more convenient for voters, he said.
WILLMAR — LTD Broadband recently expanded wireless service to the lakes area of Kandiyohi County with the installation of LTE equipment on water towers in Spicer, on Green Lake, in New London and a tower site by Long Lake. The company now has 120 towers in Kandiyohi County bringing wireless internet service to rural areas that lack broadband or are underserved. The newly installed equipment will allow internet download speeds up to 25 mbps with no data caps.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Drug-Free Communities Coalition has received a $150,000 federal grant to address opioid education and prevention of opioid misuse. The Drug-Free Communities Coalition is the only entity in Minnesota to be awarded funds this year through the federal program, known as Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crises. In all, grants went to 55 organizations across the United States.
WILLMAR — The governing board of Southern Prairie Community Care has recommended joining forces with PrimeWest Health and entering the county-based purchasing arena. It's now up to Southern Prairie's 12 member counties to decide whether they want to be in or out of the consortium, which oversees the delivery and coordination of health care services for the Medicaid and MinnesotaCare populations. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners began weighing its options this week.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County sold off four parcels of surplus land Tuesday, netting $47,000 in all from the proceeds. It was the first round in a new and ongoing effort by the county to purge its inventory of surplus land — most of which is undeveloped — and put it back onto the tax rolls. The four properties sold Tuesday each went to the highest bidder.
WILLMAR — A plea agreement was reached last week for a Willmar man charged with four felony counts of criminal sexual conduct with a child. Deangelo Maurice Monette, 34, will plead guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The other three charges, all first-degree, will be dismissed. Sentencing is set for July 25. Monette could receive up to 10 years in prison for the crime, which involved a girl who was 6 years old when the alleged abuse began.
MONTEVIDEO — The perpetrator of a burglary two years ago at the American Legion in Milan received a 33-month prison sentence this week after pleading guilty to breaking into the building and sawing open a safe. Chad Michael Larson, 41, was convicted on one count of burglary in the second degree. Under the terms of a plea agreement, the court dismissed a second charge of burglary in the second degree involving the theft of an ATM machine from Prairie Sun Bank in Milan.
WILLMAR – He, or she, didn’t quite achieve the heights of MPR Raccoon, but a weekend raccoon rescue in Willmar had a similar happy ending. Willmar police were called Saturday by a resident who found a raccoon stuck in a gutter in the 600 block of Fourth Street Southwest and wanted help extricating the critter.