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WILLMAR — A $10 million project to bring broadband to rural northern Kandiyohi County is officially dead. In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, Consolidated Telecommunications Co. said it was pulling out of the project, citing financial considerations. In the months since a state grant was awarded to help with construction of a fiber line, the project incurred $1.2 million of additional costs due to higher interest rates and construction costs, the company said in its statement.
WILLMAR – A $10 million project to bring broadband to rural northern Kandiyohi County is officially dead. In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, Consolidated Telecommunications Co. said it was pulling out of the project, citing financial considerations.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will have a work session this coming week on the possibility of a local option sales tax for transportation. The board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., Willmar.
WILLMAR — The dogs at Hawk Creek Animal Shelter remain under quarantine after a case of canine influenza was confirmed in one of them earlier this month. But no new cases of dog flu have been confirmed since then, and the animals who were sick are recovering, said Bobbie Bauman, director of operations for the shelter. "The dogs are starting to feel better," she said. No new illness has been seen since the beginning of this week, Bauman said.
WILLMAR — The long-term future of the Eagle Lake sewer system was on the table Tuesday as the three entities involved — the Willmar City Council, the Kandiyohi County Board and the Eagle Lake Sewer Commission — debated the options. One of those options is for a new agreement between the city and the county to continue operating the system under similar terms as before. Alternatively, the city could assume complete ownership of the system. It will likely be at least a few months before any decisions are made.
WILLMAR — Customer signups for a broadband project in north central Kandiyohi County appear to have reached the goal. It may still be a few more days, however, until Kandiyohi County officials learn whether the project is officially moving ahead. The county is partnering with Consolidated Telecommunications Co. of Brainerd to bring high-speed internet to approximately 1,600 households, businesses and institutions in the north central part of the county.
BLOOMINGTON — Area clinics are among nearly 250 medical groups across the state that have been recognized by the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program for optimal care of patients with chronic conditions. The program rewards clinics that demonstrate a commitment to improving care for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression, three conditions that are the primary drivers of health care costs in Minnesota.
WILLMAR—It was hard for Roland and Shirley Bosch to leave the farm near Atwater that had been their home for decades. But with a move six months ago to Compassionate Cottage II in Willmar, they've landed in a good place where they can age safely and with the level of care they need. "It's a wonderful place to be," said Shirley Bosch.
WILLMAR—An open house on options for two intersections on the southwest edge of Willmar will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the multi-purpose room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. Information will be presented on design options for Kandiyohi County Road 5 intersections at County Road 15 and Minnesota Highway 23. The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the study team, share concerns and speak one-on-one with agency representatives.