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LAKE LILLIAN—Horseshoes clinked and thudded as LaMont Jacobson of Sacred Heart matched his skills in the horseshoe pit against the formidable arm of Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health. As the friendly competition unfolded Monday afternoon at the Lake Lillian City Park, Jacobson chatted with Ehlinger about growing up on a farm and recent research suggesting that children develop stronger immune systems when they are exposed to soil.
Support groups Caregiver SPICER — The Spicer caregiver support group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer (use the south parking lot by the main entrance). For more information call Barb Alsleben, Lutheran Social Service, 320-221-3747. Compassionate Friends
WILLMAR—As the two candidates for Second District Kandiyohi County Commissioner fielded questions Friday at a citizens' forum, they emphasized their shared backgrounds in public service. Doug Reese described his experience in industry, engineering and human resources and the value it brings to Kandiyohi County. "It goes back to my desire to serve the public," he said. Steve Ahmann has the same desire. "I just want to keep on serving the community of Kandiyohi County and see things prosper," he said.
WILLMAR—They're older or disabled, vulnerable, frequently living alone with little support, and sinking into self-neglect. It's a situation being encountered more often by Kandiyohi County Human Services, and staff believe the trend is likely to continue. Overall, community reports alleging maltreatment of vulnerable adults have remained "fairly consistent" in recent years, according to Corinne Torkelson, supervisor with Kandiyohi County's Human Services Department.
WILLMAR -- Got a load of plastic or junk mail to drop off at the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center? The outdoor collection bins are still available, but they’ve been temporarily...
WILLMAR—Amid the hoopla of August—county fairs, trips to the lake, the Rio Olympics, the drama surrounding the presidential election—Minnesotans go to the polls Tuesday to vote in the state's primary election. Polling places open bright and early Tuesday morning for what is expected to be a relatively low turnout statewide.
WILLMAR—Determining the preferred road alignment for a railroad bypass west of Willmar will be a key decision point for Kandiyohi County and its role in the multimillion-dollar, multi-partner project. Once the bypass alignment at U.S. Highway 12 is chosen, it will clear the way for the county to proceed in earnest with reconfiguring the county highways within the bypass corridor. The challenge for the county is to fit its road system around the bypass, said Mel Odens, county Public Works director.
WILLMAR—Three members of Rice Memorial Hospital's Board of Directors have received their board certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association. Doug Allen, Eric Weiberg, and Michael Gardner went through the 35-credit process to obtain their certification. Another board member, Andrea Carruthers, will be finishing her certification in January 2017. The certification process takes approximately two years to complete.
WILLMAR—Area medical clinics are among the 276 Minnesota and border state clinics rewarded for improving outcomes for patients. The honors are awarded by the Minnesota Health Action Group for improving clinical outcomes as part of its 2016 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the state of Minnesota's Quality Incentive Payment system, a companion program administered by the Health Action Group.
It might be hard to spot what's different today as Meeker Public Transit buses gear up for another typical day. The buses will be the same, the routes will be the same, the fares will cost the same. Even the drivers will almost all be the same. A smooth transition for riders is anticipated when a merger goes into effect Monday between Meeker Public Transit and Central Community Transit, bringing the public transit system in Meeker County under the umbrella of Central Community Transit with Kandiyohi and Renville counties.