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WILLMAR — With speeches, applause and a formal ribbon cutting, Carris Health celebrated the grand opening Thursday of its new $11 million surgery center in Willmar. A crowd gathered outside the newly completed building to mark the milestone, described by Carris Health leaders as the launch of a second generation in the delivery of local outpatient care. Mike Schramm, co-chief executive of Carris Health, called it a "momentous occasion." "This facility is state of the art and we've got the latest in equipment and technology," he said.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County will take an in-depth look in upcoming months at the long-term future of the county park system. The county commissioners and staff plan to discuss everything from current park assets to long-term needs and potential improvements. The hope is to create a vision for sustaining the parks into the future, said Larry Kleindl, county administrator. "I think our parks are a gem," he said.
WILLMAR — It's a milestone this week for Carris Health as it opens the doors of a new $11 million outpatient surgery center on the Willmar campus of Affiliated Community Medical Centers. Carris Health leaders say it represents the next generation in local health care services. "Everything here is up to date and planning for the future," said Erica Gjerde, manager of the surgery center. Staff and equipment were moved into the facility last week and the first patient procedures were scheduled this week.
WILLMAR — Surplus land owned by Kandiyohi County is going on the auction block next month. It's the start of a push by county administration to clear the books of surplus property and put it back onto the tax rolls. The process will start with the sale of five parcels, approved last week by the County Board of Commissioners. "We're going to start doing this in increments," said Larry Kleindl, county administrator.
WILLMAR — In its work among low-income residents of southwestern Minnesota, Southern Prairie Community Care has had successes in keeping people healthy and bringing down costs. The 12-county collaboration has tackled frequent use of the emergency room. It has improved the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes. But changing dynamics in regional health care have brought Southern Prairie Community Care to a crossroads.
GRANITE FALLS — A Department of Corrections crew leader has been sentenced to four years in prison for coercing a female prisoner to have sex with him in return for special favors. Michael John Martin, 48, of Wood Lake, was sentenced Thursday in Yellow Medicine County District Court on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct by a correctional employee. Two additional charges of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
WILLMAR — Local and regional leaders reacted with anger, frustration and disappointment Tuesday to a list of Corridors of Commerce transportation funding awards that concentrates the money in and around the metro area. The Minnesota Department of Transportation made its announcement Tuesday of the four projects chosen for funding. Two are for Highway 494 in the Twin Cities, one is for Highway 169 in Elk River and the fourth project is for Highway 94 between St. Michael and Albertville. In all, $417 million was awarded.
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, 2200 23rd St. N.E, Willmar. The agenda will include discussion on a policy for donation of surplus equipment. The commissioners also are scheduled to take action on public works contracts, tax abatements and county leases. The board meets at 9 a.m. as the Human Services Committee for an update from Southern Prairie Community Care.
Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital and the Carris Health Redwood Falls Clinic are among eight Minnesota health care organizations to receive grant funding through Minnesota's new opioid abuse community prevention pilot project. The grant awards, totaling $700,000, were announced Thursday by Gov. Mark Dayton. Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital was awarded $70,000. Carris Health in Redwood Falls will receive a $100,000 grant.
WILLMAR — One of five defendants facing drug and weapons charges stemming from a January raid at a house south of Willmar has pleaded guilty. At a hearing Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court, John Russell Jacobson entered a guilty plea to one count of felony possession of a short-barrelled shotgun and one count of fifth-degree drug possession, a gross misdemeanor. Seven other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement that also included a guilty plea to a charge in a separate case of driving after revocation.