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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
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...