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WILLMAR — An innovative demonstration project to collect and purify leachate on site at the Kandiyohi County landfill encountered a few setbacks during its first full year of operation. Overall, though, engineers rate the project — the first of its kind in North America — a success with many lessons learned. "We're excited to still be part of it," said Greg Ackerson of Apex Efficiency Solutions, one of the partners in the project.
WILLMAR — Road projects will dominate the agenda at the upcoming meeting of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., Willmar. The meeting will open with a summary of local activities funded by a 2015-16 Violence Against Women Act grant.
WILLMAR — It was her first-ever trip to the dentist, and 3-year-old Nancy Hernandez lay across her mother's lap as dentistry student Jay Feuillerat peered into her mouth. "Open nice and wide," he encouraged her. "Whoa, those are some pretty teeth." Nancy's mother, Nancy Castellanos Pineda, held the little girl's hands as Feuillerat summed up the findings. She had two cavities, he explained. "They'll have to be addressed." The recommendation: a followup appointment to fix both cavities.
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital's outpatient clinic for wound, ostomy and continence care will soon be able to expand, thanks to an upcoming renovation that will add more space. The hospital board of directors last week voted to move forward with drawing up the construction documents and obtaining bids. Bids will come back to the board this spring for final approval.
Lakers is a male border collie mix approximately 2 years old. This energetic affectionate boy gives great hugs and kisses. He enjoys his time outside and likes to explore the neighborhood. Lakers will appreciate an active family that can give him some adventure and variety. Stop in and meet him and the many other adoptable pets at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter, 250 28th St. S.W., Willmar. Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County is requesting proposals for aquatic invasive species special projects grant funding. The goal is to prevent the introduction or limit the spread of aquatic invasive species within Kandiyohi County. Projects must address at least one of the following: Prevention — preventing the introduction of AIS into new water bodies. Treatment — treating existing AIS to limit their spread. Containment — limiting the spread of AIS from an infested water body. Enforcement — enforcing AIS laws and regulations.
WILLMAR — When Kandiyohi County sought the public's feedback on how to create a user-friendly trail system, people were clear about what they wanted. Better signage. More amenities such as convenient parking. Trails that circle local lakes. Trails that take the user to a destination. All of these are among the goals contained in a draft countywide plan for recreational trails as part of the infrastructure. The plan, which has been under development for the past year, focuses on meeting bicycle and pedestrian needs within Kandiyohi County.
LITCHFIELD—Meeker Memorial Hospital implemented visitor restrictions Thursday to protect patients, staff and the community from the spread of influenza. The restrictions are in effect until further notice and are subject to change. Among the restrictions: Parents are recommended not to bring their children to visit hospital patients. No one under 18 is allowed to visit the Birth Center at this time, with the exception of siblings. For anyone with symptoms such as scratchy throat, fever, cough and body aches, a mask is required to visit patients.
WILLMAR — They're a familiar sight on most farms: bale wraps, silage and forage bags, bunker wraps, films for protecting greenhouses and hoophouses — all made of plastic. Although the use of agricultural plastic has been on the rise for the past decade, farmers have had few options for disposing of it other than burning it or bringing it to a landfill. That's about to change with the introduction of a regional service that will collect the plastic and recycle it.
WILLMAR — Emily Piper, Minnesota Commissioner of Human Services, outlined the need Wednesday for a new children's psychiatric hospital in Willmar and assured staff that her department will advocate for legislative action on funding. "I want it to be a state-of-the-art facility for kids and the people who work here," Piper said during a meeting at the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services facility on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.