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WILLMAR — As a measles outbreak in Minnesota widens, Kandiyohi County health and emergency preparedness officials are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated. As of Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota Department of Health had confirmed 28 cases in Hennepin County and one in Stearns County. All were among children under age 5, most of them unvaccinated. "Measles is very contagious and can spread very quickly," said Denise Kragenbring, public health supervisor with Kandiyohi County Public Health.
Participating takeback event locations listed with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as of Wednesday are listed below. The one-day event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Chippewa County Clara City Police Department, 215 First St. N.W., Clara City Montevideo Police Department, 103 Canton Ave., Montevideo Kandiyohi County Law Enforcement Center, 2201 23rd St. N.E., Willmar Lac qui Parle County Dawson Police Department, 675 Chestnut St., Dawson Pope County
WILLMAR — Got unused medications lying around? National Prescription Drug Takeback Day is Saturday, giving the public an opportunity to clear out their medicine cabinets and dispose safely of drugs they no longer need. Participating law enforcement centers and police departments across the state will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to accept everything from painkillers to statins. "Bring them in. No questions asked," said Dan Hartog, Kandiyohi County Sheriff.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners formally gave its support last week to the framework of a master cooperative agreement for a railroad bypass west of Willmar. The agreement, which is nearing the final negotiation stage, outlines the roles and responsibilities of all the parties — federal, state, local, public and private — in the multimillion-dollar project. It will come back to the board one last time for signature.
WILLMAR — As responses came in for a survey on clinician stress at Rice Memorial Hospital, Dr. Ken Flowe noticed something significant. Nearly half of those who returned the survey also wrote comments — in some cases, several paragraphs. "That was very telling," said Flowe, chief medical officer at Rice. That the survey struck a nerve was no surprise. A rising tide of stress is engulfing U.S. doctors and advanced practice professionals, bringing burnout, depression, exit from the profession and even suicide.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Noon and Willmar Nite Lions Clubs will jointly sponsor free vision screenings for children at the Kandiyohi County YMCA's Healthy Kids Day from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the YMCA. The screenings are for all children 6 months and older, with the target age 7 and under.
WILLMAR — With sign-ups at 46 percent of the goal, the push is continuing to enlist customers for a broadband project coming to north central Kandiyohi County. Consolidated Telecommunications Co. hopes to start construction of a fiber line this summer that would bring high-speed internet to 1,600 rural homes and businesses.
Pudge was found in Willmar as a stray. She is estimated to be around 1 year old. Her Meet Your Match personality is Executive, a cat who likes to explore her surrounding, have nap time and socialize according to her schedule. She will be most successful in a home that is quiet and calm. After obtaining her trust, expect lots of rubs up against you and purring. She will be most happy hanging out next to you instead of being held. This sweet girl is attentive and affectionate with those she knows.
WILLMAR — Communication technology is changing rapidly but the need to notify the public of emergencies is as urgent as ever. That's why Kandiyohi County Emergency Management is urging people to register for its Citizen Alert System in order to be informed and prepared. The service is free and easy to sign up for, said Kim Lindahl, director of Kandiyohi County Emergency Management, and Ace Bonnema, deputy director.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County planned to award the sale Tuesday of $5 million in bonds to help finance a private-sector project to bring high-speed internet to rural portions of the county. But the bond sale has been temporarily put on hold while efforts continue to recruit customers for the service. County officials announced the postponement Tuesday at a meeting of the County Board of Commissioners.