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WILLMAR — Communication technology is changing rapidly but the need to notify the public of emergencies is as urgent as ever. That's why Kandiyohi County Emergency Management is urging people to register for its Citizen Alert System in order to be informed and prepared. The service is free and easy to sign up for, said Kim Lindahl, director of Kandiyohi County Emergency Management, and Ace Bonnema, deputy director.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County planned to award the sale Tuesday of $5 million in bonds to help finance a private-sector project to bring high-speed internet to rural portions of the county. But the bond sale has been temporarily put on hold while efforts continue to recruit customers for the service. County officials announced the postponement Tuesday at a meeting of the County Board of Commissioners.
WILLMAR—Kandiyohi County planned to award the sale Tuesday of $5 million in bonds to help finance a private-sector project to bring high-speed internet to rural portions of the county. But the bond sale has been temporarily put on hold while efforts continue to recruit customers for the service. County officials announced the postponement Tuesday at a meeting of the County Board of Commissioners.
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital stayed in the black last year for the second year in a row, earning a net margin of $1.7 million on $108.2 million in total revenue. Despite ever-tightening reimbursement, the municipal hospital also managed to improve its net position by $2 million last year, ending the year with $36 million in net assets and capital. The annual audit report for 2016 was reviewed Thursday by the finance committee of the hospital board of directors. It is being forwarded to the full board with a recommendation for approval.
WILLMAR — Woodland Centers is in the process of moving into a new and larger location in Montevideo that will allow the community mental health center to better serve the public. With more space, there will be more room for staff and programs and more opportunities for people to receive care closer to home, said Dr. Ashley Kjos, executive director of Woodland Centers. "We've just been growing and expanding there," she said.
APPLETON—Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson is scheduled to be the guest on the live broadcast "Your Legislators" at 8 p.m. today on Pioneer Public Television. The program also can be viewed via Facebook Live on the Pioneer Public TV Facebook page. Viewers will be able to call 1-800-726-3178, email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @YourLegislators during the hour-long program.
WILLMAR — As Willmar Municipal Utilities prepares to pull the plug on its century-old district heating program, Kandiyohi County is moving ahead with conversion plans for heating the county courthouse and the Willmar Public Library. It will likely be another two years before the city quits supplying steam heat to the downtown district for good. But it's in the county's best interests to act now, said Andy Thorson, facilities maintenance manager for the Kandiyohi County buildings in downtown Willmar.
WILLMAR — When Dr. Michael Hodapp leaves his office at ACMC for the last time this week, a long era will come to a close. His retirement today marks the end of nearly 100 continuous years that members of the Hodapp family have practiced medicine in Willmar. "I'm the last soldier standing, I guess," said Hodapp, a pediatrician. "It'll be hard but the clinic is still here. It'll keep on going." To longtime Willmar residents, the name "Hodapp" is practically synonymous with medicine.
WILLMAR — One more step was completed Tuesday as Kandiyohi County prepares to sell $5 million in tax abatement bonds to help fund the development of rural broadband. The County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday for property tax abatements totaling $5 million over 20 years. The move will have no impact on actual property taxes paid but is a requirement for the county to use tax abatement bonds as a financing mechanism. Shelly Eldridge, senior municipal adviser with Ehlers, said it's "the backup that supports the general obligation."
LITCHFIELD—The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host a construction open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Meeker County Courthouse, community room A, to discuss the upcoming Minnesota Highway 22 project. The project involves the resurfacing of Highway 22 from the junction of Minnesota Highway 7 and Highway 22 to Pleasure Drive in Litchfield. In addition to the resurfacing of the road, two culverts will be replaced and turning lanes will be constructed. Knife River is the contractor.