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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners had an urgent message Tuesday for property owners in a Consolidated Telecommunications Co. broadband project zone: The clock is ticking. Customer sign-ups reached 72 percent of the goal this week. But another 220 or so are needed before Consolidated Telecommunications can start construction of a fiber line poised to bring high-speed internet to rural north central Kandiyohi County.
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is expected to sign off on a master partnership contract this coming week for a multimillion-dollar railroad bypass project. The County Board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. The contract, which has been under negotiation for many weeks, outlines the roles and responsibilities of Kandiyohi County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation in the project, known as the Willmar wye.
Breast cancer support WILLMAR — The breast cancer peer support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the garden court room at Rice Memorial Hospital. Scooter Lippert, a licensed clinical social worker with the Rice Institute, will speak on "Fear of Recurrence." The group is for women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information, contact Lisa at 231-4483. Memory Cafe
WILLMAR — A Willmar truck driver is facing two criminal charges stemming from an alleged road rage incident last month on Minnesota Highway 23 between Clara City and Willmar. Matthew Donavon Monson, 34, made a first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. He is charged with first-degree criminal damage to property, which is a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County is using training, public education, technology and good old-fashioned boots on the ground this summer in the ongoing war against aquatic invasive species. Inspectors had a busy weekend during the fishing opener earlier this month. Look for activity to ramp up even more in time for the Memorial Day weekend, when summer in Minnesota officially gets underway.
hea WILLMAR—Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers formally agreed to a letter of intent Wednesday night to join forces with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud. It's the first step toward forming a new corporation to collaboratively deliver health care in Willmar and the region. Leaders of both organizations said the move will help preserve and enhance local health care in the face of accelerating change.
OLIVIA — Two Olivia doctors have been disciplined by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for mismanaging a labor and delivery that resulted in a pre-term birth. The action was announced this week by the board, which oversees physician licensing in Minnesota. Dr. Mark Ahlquist and Dr. Paul Buhr were both reprimanded for failing to conform to minimal standards of acceptable medical practice.
WILLMAR — Revisions are in store for Kandiyohi County's employee pay structure after a comparable worth study found that it lags behind the market, especially at the lower end of the scale. Findings from the study were presented Monday to the County Board of Commissioners, which voted unanimously to accept the report's key recommendations and begin moving toward a pay structure that will help the county be more competitive in an increasingly tight labor market.
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.