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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners are contemplating turning over the health services at the county jail to a private contractor. The move was formally recommended Tuesday by Sheriff Dan Hartog. Although the cost would be higher, there would be more coverage, especially on weekends, and improved access to mental health care, Hartog told the county commissioners. It also would remove some of the risk involved in providing health services to jail inmates, he said.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners will get their first look this coming week at a preliminary budget for 2016. A budget session for the County Board will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the board room at the Health and Human Services Building. The commissioners will hear an overview of the spending needs that lie ahead and will begin to address some of the specific categories listed in the proposed budget for next year. It’s the start of an annual process that will end with adoption of a formal 2016 budget.
WILLMAR — Local residents with Parkinson’s disease in search of certified speech and physical therapy to help them manage their symptoms used to have to travel to Minneapolis for services...
ST. PAUL — A teenager from Alexandria who contracted a fatal brain infection last month after swimming in Lake Minnewaska did not have amoebic meningoencephalitis, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday. Laboratory testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that Hunter Boutain died of streptococcal meningoencephalitis, state health officials said. The 14-year-old died July 9.
WILLMAR — The food trucks were closed Sunday afternoon at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. Gone were the crowds of fairgoers, the roar of the midway, the aroma of grilled pork. The exhibit halls and livestock barns were mostly empty. On the outdoor stage next to the Hall of Industry, Bill Otto of Grand Stage Resource stacked audio equipment and collecting power cords. “Set-up’s the fun part,” remarked Otto, whose company has managed the fairgrounds sound system for more than a decade. Over at the fairgrounds office, a worker stopped in to drop off a pair of sunglasses that someone left b
WILLMAR — Steve Renquist doesn’t give up easily. Even on the verge of retirement, he’s still thinking about the economic development projects that haven’t yet happened. “We got so close,” he laments about efforts to locate a veterans’ home in Willmar.
WILLMAR — A local doctor has had his medical license restricted over ongoing issues with addiction. Dr. Scott Abrams will be allowed to continue practicing medicine but under conditions stipulated by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.
WILLMAR — Putting a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdose into the hands of more first responders across the state will help prevent unnecessary deaths, say advocates behind the effort. Supporters of Steve’s Law held a news conference in Willmar Friday to spread the word about new funding to equip and train emergency responders in the timely use of naloxone for treating narcotic overdose. “This drug will help save lives,” Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, told a small crowd gathered outside the Willmar Ambulance Service garage. Baker and Sen.
WILLMAR — A milestone for Kandiyohi County government services quietly came and went this month: the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Health and Human Services Building. The occasion was marked with little fanfare.
WILLMAR — The process of finding a new executive director for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission took a step forward Thursday with the selection of Waters and Company as the search firm. The company, one of three that submitted a proposal, was chosen on a 5-1 vote by the EDC’s Joint Powers Board. Voting in favor were Denis Anderson of the Willmar City Council, Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin and Kandiyohi County Commissioners Roger Imdieke, Harlan Madsen and Doug Reese. They gave high marks to Waters for the firm’s experience in similar executive searches, no