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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.
WILLMAR—A public engagement plan for the Willmar railroad bypass will be presented Tuesday to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners meet at 10 a.m. in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. Kandiyohi County is one of the partners in the multimillion-dollar proposal to build a railroad bypass west of Willmar. The county is eyeing the construction of an overpass at the south end of the bypass corridor to improve traffic safety.
ST. CLOUD—RC Hospital and Clinics and the CentraCare Kidney Program, a division of the St. Cloud Hospital and CentraCare Health, are partnering on a new dialysis center to serve the needs of Renville County patients.
WILLMAR—Dementia expert Teepa Snow will be in Montevideo and Willmar for three days in September to provide information and training for professionals, family caregivers and the general public. On the first day, Snow will lead an all-day session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo. Topics to be covered include the different forms of dementia and best practices in dementia care and communication.
WILLMAR—As part of their homework for starting a memory cafe in Willmar, Kathy Thonvold and Renita Thonvold visited Arthur's Memory Cafe in Roseville earlier this year. The gathering of people with dementia and their caregivers was social, inspiring and frank. Far from being reticent, people talked openly about the frustrations of living with cognitive and memory loss. When one of the regular members didn't show up that day, everyone noticed. They worried, then mobilized an effort to try to find him.
WILLMAR—With less than a month to go before the merger of Central Community Transit and Meeker Public Transit, work is ongoing behind the scenes to formally bring the two organizations together. The merger, which becomes official Aug. 1, is expected to be seamless for riders. The most visible change they are likely to notice will be the new "Central Community Transit" signs on the Meeker County buses. But for staff and the joint powers board, numerous steps are necessary to formally complete the merger and assure a smooth transition.
WILLMAR—In the quest for better broadband, Kandiyohi County has a new partner—one that could bring internet improvements to underserved areas of the county as early as next year. The County Board of Commissioners signed a letter of intent Tuesday with Consolidated Telecommunications Company of Brainerd.
WILLMAR—When Jared Wosmek posted on Facebook last week that he wanted to hold a walk Saturday to show support for Willmar's Muslim community as it grieved the drowning deaths of two young boys, he wasn't sure what kind of response he would get. "My thought was that if only a few people showed up, that would be great," he said. But the outpouring of support went way beyond anything he imagined.
WILLMAR—They hope they won't have to use it anytime soon. But if a disaster strikes, the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties is ready to respond to animal needs with its new mobile disaster unit. The new trailer, which was introduced to the public last weekend at the Willmar Fests parade, was acquired through a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It brings an additional dimension to the array of resources already in place for responding locally to a disaster, whether tornado, fire or flood.