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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
WILLMAR—As the two candidates for Second District Kandiyohi County Commissioner fielded questions Friday at a citizens' forum, they emphasized their shared backgrounds in public service. Doug Reese described his experience in industry, engineering and human resources and the value it brings to Kandiyohi County. "It goes back to my desire to serve the public," he said. Steve Ahmann has the same desire. "I just want to keep on serving the community of Kandiyohi County and see things prosper," he said.
WILLMAR—They're older or disabled, vulnerable, frequently living alone with little support, and sinking into self-neglect. It's a situation being encountered more often by Kandiyohi County Human Services, and staff believe the trend is likely to continue. Overall, community reports alleging maltreatment of vulnerable adults have remained "fairly consistent" in recent years, according to Corinne Torkelson, supervisor with Kandiyohi County's Human Services Department.
WILLMAR -- Got a load of plastic or junk mail to drop off at the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center? The outdoor collection bins are still available, but they’ve been temporarily...
WILLMAR—Amid the hoopla of August—county fairs, trips to the lake, the Rio Olympics, the drama surrounding the presidential election—Minnesotans go to the polls Tuesday to vote in the state's primary election. Polling places open bright and early Tuesday morning for what is expected to be a relatively low turnout statewide.
WILLMAR—Determining the preferred road alignment for a railroad bypass west of Willmar will be a key decision point for Kandiyohi County and its role in the multimillion-dollar, multi-partner project. Once the bypass alignment at U.S. Highway 12 is chosen, it will clear the way for the county to proceed in earnest with reconfiguring the county highways within the bypass corridor. The challenge for the county is to fit its road system around the bypass, said Mel Odens, county Public Works director.
WILLMAR—Three members of Rice Memorial Hospital's Board of Directors have received their board certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association. Doug Allen, Eric Weiberg, and Michael Gardner went through the 35-credit process to obtain their certification. Another board member, Andrea Carruthers, will be finishing her certification in January 2017. The certification process takes approximately two years to complete.