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WILLMAR — Amid the turn-of-the-century trappings of the historic Sperry House, guests sipped tea Friday afternoon and nibbled on dainty sandwiches and cakes. Volunteers moved from table to table, pouring tea from china teapots and handing around platters of carefully arranged delicacies. "It's almost too pretty to eat," declared Shannon Eckhoff as she prepared to taste the assortment of sandwiches on her plate.
WILLMAR — With a deadline looming this month, Kandiyohi County must decide soon whether to take on the enforcement responsibilities for the state's new buffer strip law. A vote is expected at the June 20 meeting of the County Board of Commissioners. That gives the commissioners two more weeks to study the issue and collect public input before settling on the position they want to take, said Larry Kleindl, county administrator. "This will be a big decision whether we take on that enforcement or not," he said.
WILLMAR—A Marshall man must stay away from social media as part of a sentence handed down Thursday for criminal sexual conduct. Mathew Soft, 24, also was ordered to participate in a sex offender treatment program. Soft pleaded guilty in April to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with an underage girl he met online.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Equalization will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, June 12, in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. Property owners may come before the board to contest the assessed value of their property. They must have first appeared before their local township equalization board prior to taking their case to the county level.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners had an urgent message Tuesday for property owners in a Consolidated Telecommunications Co. broadband project zone: The clock is ticking. Customer sign-ups reached 72 percent of the goal this week. But another 220 or so are needed before Consolidated Telecommunications can start construction of a fiber line poised to bring high-speed internet to rural north central Kandiyohi County.
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is expected to sign off on a master partnership contract this coming week for a multimillion-dollar railroad bypass project. The County Board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. The contract, which has been under negotiation for many weeks, outlines the roles and responsibilities of Kandiyohi County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation in the project, known as the Willmar wye.
Breast cancer support WILLMAR — The breast cancer peer support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the garden court room at Rice Memorial Hospital. Scooter Lippert, a licensed clinical social worker with the Rice Institute, will speak on "Fear of Recurrence." The group is for women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information, contact Lisa at 231-4483. Memory Cafe
WILLMAR — A Willmar truck driver is facing two criminal charges stemming from an alleged road rage incident last month on Minnesota Highway 23 between Clara City and Willmar. Matthew Donavon Monson, 34, made a first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. He is charged with first-degree criminal damage to property, which is a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County is using training, public education, technology and good old-fashioned boots on the ground this summer in the ongoing war against aquatic invasive species. Inspectors had a busy weekend during the fishing opener earlier this month. Look for activity to ramp up even more in time for the Memorial Day weekend, when summer in Minnesota officially gets underway.
hea WILLMAR—Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers formally agreed to a letter of intent Wednesday night to join forces with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud. It's the first step toward forming a new corporation to collaboratively deliver health care in Willmar and the region. Leaders of both organizations said the move will help preserve and enhance local health care in the face of accelerating change.