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WILLMAR — If you still haven’t gotten a flu shot, better not delay. That’s the advice of local medical providers, who say there’s still vaccine available but anticipate using up...
WILLMAR -- Jim Terhune, 82, was set to drive to the Twin Cities -- a 200-mile round trip -- for intensive daily therapy to help manage Parkinson's disease. But it turned out he could receive therapy much closer to home, through a comprehensive Parkinson's care program launched this year by Bethesda Health and Housing. Since completing the physical therapy classes a few months ago, his symptoms have stabilized, Terhune said. "I'm not losing.
WILLMAR -- As the Rice Regional Dental Clinic approaches its five-year anniversary next month, officials say it is living up to its promise of improving rural access to dental care and training a future generation of dental professionals. The program, a partnership between Rice Memorial Hospital and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, may be "the most successful example" of statewide outreach efforts by the School of Dentistry, said Dr. Leon Assael, dean of the dentistry school. "We're committed to this program," he said.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Lyle Koenen won a closely watched race Tuesday night in District 17, where he and Sen. Joe Gimse had challenged each other to represent the district in the Minnesota Senate. With all of the unofficial returns in by 12:30 a.m., Koenen, a DFLer and 10-year legislative veteran, captured 56 percent of the total with 21,451 votes.
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WILLMAR -- There are many opportunities for residents of the Rice Care Center to keep their hands and minds busy, from group sing-alongs to exercise classes to a Christmas cookie exchange. The skilled nursing facility's activity program helps combat the boredom, loneliness and loss of purpose that can happen when someone enters a nursing home. Rice Care Center leaders see the activity program as a key element in the care they provide -- which is why they're looking forward to enhancing it with the help of funds raised at the Rice Health Foundation's annual gala Nov.
WILLMAR -- Organizers of the Rice Health Foundation's annual holiday festival this month hope to raise a record $100,000 from the event. Volunteers say they're heartened by the response so far and optimistic they will reach their ambitious goal. The event already has a record number of corporate sponsorships and a record number of auction donations, as well as at least 25 new sponsors, organizers said. All 450 tickets for the evening dinner and auction are already sold. "Our mission is to improve the lives of people all over this area.