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WILLMAR -- After Claire Verch's 21-year-old brother, Neal deCathelineau, died by suicide on April 3, 2004, she vowed she would not be ashamed of how he died. "For me, that was a turning point," she said. Organizers hope to shine a light on suicide at the region's first "Out of the Darkness" community walk on Saturday. The event, co-hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will raise money for research, prevention and education.
On Saturday morning, Nan Karr Kaufenberg will pack up a collection of her original block prints and set up shop in one of the tents lining Becker Avenue in downtown Willmar. Kaufenberg, an artist from Redwood Falls, is among the dozens of artists who will be showcased this weekend at the annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival. Vendor exhibits, street-corner concerts and activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Joanne Meierhofer, the artist behind the Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!
WILLMAR -- A year ago, a catered lunch at Affiliated Community Medical Centers might have been a salad, sandwich, bowl of soup and dessert. At a noon meeting last week, Andrea Carruthers had half a sandwich and a cup of soup. The only beverage served was water.
The Rev. Paul McCullough, a pastor at the Willmar Assembly of God, still remembers vividly where he was and what he was doing on that September morning 10 years ago when terrorism hit home in the United States. He was sitting in a café drinking coffee when there was a news bulletin: A plane had flown into the World Trade Center. His first mental picture was of a small aircraft.
WILLMAR -- If you plan to get an influenza shot this year, there's no time like the present. Local health providers and pharmacies such as Cub Foods and Walgreen's began offering the vaccine in August, and they say the supply is plentiful. "Get it done and cross it off your list," said Jo DeBruycker, manager of the Health Learning Center at Affiliated Community Medical Centers. Local providers are on track to administer a record number of flu shots this year.
WILLMAR -- Spurred by the promising future of renewable fuels, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is contemplating opening its own bioenergy office at the MinnWest Technology Campus. The concept, which has been recommended by the EDC's agriculture and renewable energy committee, is far from a done deal.
A strain of anthrax found in a Minnesota man has been isolated, tested and found to be genetically similar to other strains isolated in North America, the Minnesota Department of Health said today. The individual, a man in his 60s, was hospitalized in early August and is now recovering, state health officials said. He had traveled in July and early August through several Northern Plains states where anthrax is known to occur naturally in the soil and has caused infections among animals in several states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.
WILLMAR -- Two measles cases in Dakota County this past month have prompted local health officials to reiterate the importance of keeping children up to date with their shots. The Dakota County cases involve two children, ages 12 months and 15 months, the Minnesota Department of Health reported late last week. Both youngsters are hospitalized, one in critical condition. Neither had been vaccinated against measles, the Health Department said. It's the second time this year that measles has appeared in the state.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County has joined forces with a statewide initiative to bring together early-stage entrepreneurs and financial backers, a move that's expected not only to spur economic growth but also to beef up Minnesota's capacity in the technology sector. The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is one of more than a dozen organizations across the state that are partnering with the nonprofit Minnesota Angel Network. The EDC also has been named one of three intake sites in Minnesota for connecting emerging new companies with the resources of the statewi