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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss proposed job classifications and salary structure for county employees. The meeting is at 8:30 a.m. in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. The county recently completed a year-long comparable worth study. Findings and recommendations were presented to the County Commissioners this past week. The County Board now must review proposals for potential changes in job categories and pay scales.
Lucky is a 6-year-old male who arrived at the shelter from a rescue group. His Meet Your Match Personality is Private Investigator, which means he needs time to adjust to new people and environments. After he is feeling confident, expect him to approach you when you come home and ask for canned food. He will gently place his paw on your leg asking for attention when his favorite people sit down. This gentle boy is going to be happier being next to you vs. being picked up. Lucky will be most successful in a quiet home and is fine with other cats.
WILLMAR — Construction crews are ready to start moving dirt for major improvements to the northwestern stretch of Kandiyohi County Road 5. The contract for the project was awarded Tuesday to R and G Construction Co. of Marshall for $2,622,772.76. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled today to start nailing down all the details. The project will bring traffic and safety improvements to a road that's an important north-to-south connector not only for nearby rural residents but for the Norway and Games Lake area as well, including Games Lake County Park.
WILLMAR — Three Rice Memorial Hospital nurses were recognized last week for demonstrating excellence in the practice of nursing and patient care. Shelley Castillo, April Beerman and Larissa Nieland received the My Nurse Made the Difference award, given annually during National Nurses Week. Winners are nominated by patients and families and chosen by a panel of judges.
SPICER—Kandiyohi County reeled in a big catch of its own Saturday at the governor's fishing opener. Explore Minnesota announced the Willmar Lakes Area will host next year's fishing opener on Green Lake May 10-13. It will be the second time in the history of the event that it has been held on Green Lake. It's an honor to be selected as the host site, said Beth Fischer, executive director of the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. The board is scheduled to take action on a resolution regarding a United Community Action Partnership family homeless prevention and assistance program and consider conditional use permit applications. The County Commissioners also will be asked to set a special meeting to discuss a proposed new employee classification system.
WILLMAR — Ground was officially broken Wednesday for a new $11 million outpatient surgery center that will enhance the level of care and meet growing community needs for same-day, lower-cost surgical services. The project is being undertaken by Willmar Medical Services, a joint venture of Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers. "It's an exciting time for all of us," said Mike Schramm, president of Willmar Medical Services and chief executive of Rice Hospital.
WILLMAR — It didn't take long for the discussion at a caregiving forum last week to turn earnest. At one table, participants wrestled with the low pay for home health workers — an average of $10.08 an hour in rural Minnesota and $10.80 an hour in the metro area. "They're not getting a living wage," concluded Val Swanson. At another table the debate was about taking care of one's own health, but some participants wondered whether society also has some responsibility.
WILLMAR — Young adults coming out of jail or prison can receive extra help reintegrating into the community under a newly launched project between Kandiyohi County Community Corrections and the PACT 4 Families mental health collaborative. Called Reentry Ready, it's aimed at supporting these individuals and reducing the risk they will end up back in the court system, said Rochelle Peterson, executive director of PACT 4 Families, and Pablo Obregon, Reentry Ready navigator. They outlined the program last week for the County Board of Commissioners.
WILLMAR — With several days to go until the Minnesota Legislature adjourns, the Kandiyohi County Board is delaying a decision on the county's role in enforcing the new state waterway buffer law. The county will have a more clear picture once the session is over and bills are signed, Larry Kleindl, county administrator, said Tuesday. "I can't in good conscience make a recommendation to you without knowing what rules we're going to play by," he told the County Board.