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REDWOOD FALLS — Redwood Area Hospital has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health for overall excellence in quality and financial strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural acute care hospitals in the nation.
OLIVIA—Five people managed to escape unhurt when fire broke out Saturday morning in their rural Olivia home. The Renville County Sheriff's Office said a 911 call was made at approximately 6:43 a.m. Saturday. Upon arrival at the residence, located three miles south of Olivia in the 79000 block of 350th Street, there was smoke coming out of the roof. A short time later, active flames could be seen.
WILLMAR — A full agenda awaits the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners at its meeting this upcoming week. The commissioners meet at 10 a.m. Friday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. Normally the County Board meets on Tuesday but the date was changed this week because of an Association of Minnesota Counties conference in Minneapolis.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County adopted a new smoke-free ordinance Tuesday that treats e-cigarettes the same as conventional cigarettes and establishes a 25-foot smoke-free zone at the entrance to public buildings and places of work. The ordinance also bans sampling at retail smoking outlets. The County Board of Commissioners introduced a draft of the ordinance earlier this month, accompanied by a detailed review of all the provisions. The vote Tuesday to adopt it was unanimous. The new ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1.
WILLMAR — A hearing on a proposed new countywide smoke-free ordinance will be held by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners at its meeting this coming week. The board meets at 10 a.m. in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. The hearing on the smoke-free ordinance is set for 11:15 a.m.
WILLMAR — Money raised at the Rice Health Foundation's annual gala tonight will support an area of health that doesn't often get the spotlight: oral health. The fundraiser, the foundation's largest event of the year, will benefit the Rice Regional Dental Clinic, which provides dental care to children and adults who are low-income, uninsured or otherwise lack access to a dentist. The goal is to raise $300,000, said Shirley Carter, executive director of the Rice Health Foundation.
WILLMAR – In a closely watched contest, Steve Ahmann won election Tuesday to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, representing the Second District. The campaign between Ahmann and incumbent Doug...
WILLMAR — A contest between incumbent Doug Reese and challenger Steve Ahmann remained up in the air as of 1:30 a.m., with precinct results yet to be reported. The two are vying to represent the Second Commissioner District on the Kandiyohi County Board. Absentee ballots weren't counted in Kandiyohi County until after all the precinct returns were in, leading to delays in reporting election results.
WILLMAR — Diane Hagedorn, director of nursing at Rice Care Center, was recently honored with the 2016 Director of Nursing of the Year award from the Minnesota Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care. She received the statewide award Oct. 13 at the association's annual fall conference at Breezy Point in Pequot Lakes. She was nominated by Pam Adam, administrator of Rice Care Center and Therapy Suites.
WILLMAR — The initials haven't changed but they now stand for something different. The name of the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District was officially changed this week to the Glacial Lakes Sanitary Sewer and Water District to better reflect its service area. The change was approved Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Discussion has been underway for several months on a new name for the water and sewer district, said Colleen Thompson, superintendent of the system.