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WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a property tax abatement requested by the Kandi Mall. The hearing is the first item on the agenda for the regular commissioners' meeting, starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room of the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. The new owners of the mall requested the tax abatement to help them finance the rehabilitation of the former Kmart space, on the south end of the mall.
Citing frustrations with declining market share and health professional recruitment by Affiliated Community Medical Centers, Granite Falls Municipal Hospital has announced plans to establish its own provider-based clinic. Doing so will put Granite Falls in a better position to keep health care services local, reduce the cost of care and attract qualified health care professionals, hospital leaders said in a statement issued Wednesday.
WILLMAR—Plans were officially unveiled Wednesday for an $11 million new home for the Willmar Surgery Center. The new facility, a joint venture between Affiliated Community Medical Centers and Rice Memorial Hospital, will replace the existing surgery center on the south end of the ACMC campus. The project will take about one year to complete. The new surgery center will be ready to start taking patients in late 2017.
Support groups Memory Cafe WILLMAR—The Forget-Me-Knot Memory Cafe will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs community room at the Willmar Public Library. The group offers a place for individuals with early dementia and their caregivers to socialize, receive support and get connected with local resources. For more information, call 320-235-8573. Bloodmobile The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health.
WILLMAR—When local clinics and other health providers roll out their influenza vaccine this fall, there will be a gap in the lineup. FluMist, the spray version of the flu vaccine, has been pulled amid new research indicating that it's losing its effectiveness. Armed with this new data, an advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended in June against using it during the upcoming flu season. Local health providers say they are following this advice.
WILLMAR—Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were out in force last weekend, making sure boaters observed no-wake restrictions. No-wake zones were ordered last week after heavy rains raised the water level on local lakes. The no-wake rule applies to all lakes in Kandiyohi County and to each entire lake. Sheriff Dan Hartog said three deputies were patrolling the water this past Sunday and issued about 100 warnings to boaters who were going too fast. The main concern is to protect shorelines from high-water wave damage, Hartog said Tuesday.
WILLMAR—Expanding broadband to all the areas of Kandiyohi County that are unserved or underserved will cost an estimated $60 million to $68 million, a feasibility study has concluded. The study also found significant demand for better broadband in rural Kandiyohi County and ripe opportunities for addressing what has long been seen as a critical infrastructure need.
WILLMAR—There was an unexpectedly uplifting moment recently for the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The county learned last month that the Lake Lillian Sportsmen's Club is donating a fishing dock for use at Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park East. The brand-new dock, which will be installed next year, will provide a place for people to fish close to shore. It also includes a ramp to help make the fishing experience more accessible for anglers with mobility issues.
LAKE LILLIAN—Horseshoes clinked and thudded as LaMont Jacobson of Sacred Heart matched his skills in the horseshoe pit against the formidable arm of Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health. As the friendly competition unfolded Monday afternoon at the Lake Lillian City Park, Jacobson chatted with Ehlinger about growing up on a farm and recent research suggesting that children develop stronger immune systems when they are exposed to soil.
Support groups Caregiver SPICER — The Spicer caregiver support group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer (use the south parking lot by the main entrance). For more information call Barb Alsleben, Lutheran Social Service, 320-221-3747. Compassionate Friends