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As additional farms report outbreaks of avian influenza among their turkey flocks, the potential economic impact has people like Steve Renquist paying close attention. “One concern is we don’t know where this is going to end,” said Renquist, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. Another worry is what it might do to the profits of leading local turkey companies such as Jennie-O Turkey Store and Willmar Poultry and to their ability to expand and innovate. It’s a competitive market, Renquist said. “Pennies a pound make a difference.
WILLMAR — An oncology panel from the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute in Minneapolis had a wealth of information on cancer of the esophagus to share with the 100 people attending the West Central Cancer Symposium Wednesday. They gave statistics, described treatment regimens and provided an overview of some of the key research in esophageal cancer. Yet real patients were never far from the discussion. Clinicians are better equipped to care for these patients “when you know what they’ve been through,” said Dr.
WILLMAR — As a registered nurse with more than 40 years of experience, Kathy Carlson had done her share of CPR on patients. But nothing really prepared her for resuscitating her own husband when he collapsed at home with a heart attack early on the morning of Feb.
WILLMAR — A local coalition working to help make Kandiyohi County more dementia-capable will increase its presence in upcoming months as it begins implementing a plan of action. The ACT on Alzheimer’s group recently received a $9,795 grant to build community awareness and education about Alzheimer’s and other forms of age-related dementia. Word of the grant award was “very good news,” said Andrea Carruthers, co-chairman of the group. “We’re doing foundational work.
WILLMAR — Last year, the 42 regional artists who opened their workshops and galleries for the annual Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl collectively brought in $108,000 in sales. On top of this, visitors who came to the region for the weekend event spent an average of $36 apiece on food, gas, lodging and other shopping. “All in all, it’s a wonderful event,” said Kristi Fernholz, a senior planner with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, which has been tracking the art crawl’s economic impact for the past 10 years. A new report confirms that arts and culture contribute fa
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County business owners see the local quality of life as one of the county’s greatest assets. Many of them have achieved quality improvements and business growth this past year, and they outshine both the region and the state in innovation. Yet they often feel hampered by high taxes and regulatory burdens. They’re encountering workforce shortages.
WILLMAR — On the afternoon of March 16, 1965, Lois Hurley and her four children, ages 3 to 14, boarded the train in Great Falls, Montana, to move to Willmar. They were joining her husband, Pat, who worked for the Great Northern Railroad and had been recently transferred to town. “There was no snow and the tulips were coming up,” recalled Hurley. Little did they know what lay ahead. The next day, March 17, found them stranded in Fargo, North Dakota, while a blizzard engulfed Minnesota. It was 5 a.m. March 18 by the time the Hurleys finally arrived in Willmar and reached their new home.
WILLMAR — In a show of support for a proposed railroad bypass west of Willmar, the joint operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission said Thursday that it will recommend the EDC’s participation in a memorandum of understanding for the project. The recommendation will be forwarded to the EDC’s governing board for a yes or no vote. The move is the latest in a series of steps being taken to position Kandiyohi County for the multimillion-dollar project, if and when it’s funded. The proposed bypass involves building a railroad track west of Willma
WILLMAR — The findings are in and most of the analysis is complete. Now the organizers of one of the largest-scale business surveys to be undertaken in Kandiyohi County are getting ready to share the data with the public next week. The hope is that it will help lay the groundwork for some new local initiatives in business and economic development. “I’m pretty confident it’s not going to be one of those that sits on a shelf and collects dust.
Veterinarians and state health officials are keeping a close watch for any new outbreaks of a deadly avian flu virus that struck a Pope County turkey farm in late February. They’re hopeful, however, that the virus can be contained to the one barn where it was detected. “We’ll do our best to prevent it with biosecurity,” said Dr.