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WILLMAR—The morgue, tucked away on the lower level of Rice Memorial Hospital, is rarely seen by the public. But on Thursday the doors were opened to local high school students to give them a glimpse of one of the many career possibilities in health care. Dr. Steve Vanderwerf, a pathologist with Minnesota Pathologists Chartered, described his work and explained when an autopsy might be performed. His teenaged audience had plenty of questions. Were there any bodies in storage? How was the morgue kept clean of infectious agents?
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. A lifesaving award will be presented at 10:45 a.m. to Myron Clark for rescuing a Willmar man whose car went through the ice last month on Long Lake.
WILLMAR — Many of the traffic concerns plaguing a quiet country neighborhood north of Willmar will be resolved this year with road improvements aimed at increased safety and better vehicle flow. Work will begin this spring to improve 41st Avenue Northeast, connect the road with 48th Avenue and straighten it for better visibility. It's a big step forward for Dovre Township, where township officials have been working for months to address some of the most pressing traffic needs.
WILLMAR — Bus fares will go up slightly for some routes and stay the same or decrease slightly for others under a new fare structure proposed for Central Community Transit. The new structure is meant to align transit fares across the three counties in Central Community Transit — Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville. "Our focus is not to increase fares. It's to make it consistent across our service area," said Tiffany Collins, transit director.
WILLMAR — Daunted by the $7 million cost and uncertain funding for building an overpass at the south end of the Willmar railroad bypass, Kandiyohi County is eyeing a new interim option that would route vehicle traffic farther east. The new option was outlined Tuesday to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners at a road and bridge committee meeting.
WILLMAR — For Rick Schirmers, there's no place like home — the refrigerator covered with family photos, the sun porch overlooking a row of bird feeders, the kitchen where his wife, Lynette, enjoyed canning every summer. Schirmers, 63, wants to stay there but financial pressures have led to an uncertain future.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar. The commissioners are scheduled to hear an update on a comparable worth study that is nearing completion. They also will receive the annual gravel tax report. The County Board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday as the Human Services Committee. The board will convene at 11 a.m. for a road and bridge committee meeting at the Kandiyohi County Public Works Department, 1801 U.S. Highway 12 E. in Willmar.
WILLMAR—Seasonal load restrictions on Kandiyohi County highways will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday. The restrictions will be effective countywide. Seasonal road restrictions protect roads during the spring thaw, when road strength is at its lowest point of the year.
WILLMAR—Longtime Kandiyohi County Commissioner Richard Larson was remembered Monday as a role model for leadership and public service. Larson, 85, died Sunday evening at Bethesda Grand after a brief illness. He had a lengthy career in public service, first as assessor for the city of Willmar for many years and then as a member of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. He retired from the County Board in 2012 after being elected to four successive terms. Fellow Commissioner Dennis Peterson said Larson served with distinction.
WILLMAR — An innovative demonstration project to collect and purify leachate on site at the Kandiyohi County landfill encountered a few setbacks during its first full year of operation. Overall, though, engineers rate the project — the first of its kind in North America — a success with many lessons learned. "We're excited to still be part of it," said Greg Ackerson of Apex Efficiency Solutions, one of the partners in the project.