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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.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board will hold a hearing this month on a proposed new ordinance that places countywide restrictions on tobacco use above and beyond what's already required by state statute. The hearing is set for 11:15 a.m. Nov. 15 in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. It will give the public a chance to ask questions and offer input before the County Commissioners vote on whether to adopt the smoke-free ordinance. The proposed ordinance was unveiled Tuesday to the County Board of Commissioners.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County's smoke-free ordinance will be on the table for discussion when the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meets Tuesday. The board convenes at 10 a.m. in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar. Also on the agenda are budget and bylaw action on behalf of the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District and consideration of a fund request for Federal Emergency Management Agency mapping.
A sinkhole developed Friday on the downstream side of the Lac qui Parle Dam embankment, triggering an investigation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. In a statement issued Saturday, the Corps said the sinkhole opened up on the western side of the dam embankment. Water being passed through gates on that side of the dam has been stopped. Crews will remove part of the earthen cofferdam in order to pass water from the eastern upstream side of the dam.
WILLMAR — Candidates for the Second District seat on the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners shared their views Friday on top issues facing the county, the use of tax abatements as an economic development tool and future opportunities for increased collaboration. Doug Reese, the incumbent, and challenger Steve Ahmann took turns answering questions at the forum, sponsored by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. When it was time for closing statements, however, Ahmann used his allotted two minutes to criticize Reese and the County Board.