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WILLMAR — They’re volunteers with a passion in common — educating the public about Alzheimer’s disease to help Kandiyohi County become a dementia-capable place for families to live and receive services. Trained volunteer educators will start fanning out across the county this summer, bringing information and education to churches, retailers, employers, community groups and more. “We are trying to immerse our entire county in an effort to better understand dementia,” said Andrea Carruthers, co-chairman of the initiative. The effort is part of a statewide initiative, known as ACT on Alzheimer
By Anne Polta firstname.lastname@example.org WILLMAR — With the sunset this year of Minnesota’s Job Opportunity Building Zone incentive program, local economic development officials are beginning to explore options to help smooth the transition for participating businesses. Steve Renquist, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, will talk about it Tuesday before the County Board of Commissioners. The JOBZ program doesn’t end until Dec.
Of all my memories of John Tradup, the one that’s foremost is of John in his office at the old Tribune building downtown. It was a cluttered, narrow room barely large enough for a desk, filing cabinets, old-fashioned swivel chair and the inevitable stacks of newspapers. In my memory I see John pounding on his manual typewriter, cigarette clamped in one corner of his mouth. He radiates intensity. Occasionally he pauses to swig from a bottle of Maalox stashed in a desk drawer.
WILLMAR — As they launched the process Wednesday of finding a new executive director, members of the governing board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission made a handful of key decisions. They plan to use an executive search firm to help them identify and screen candidates for the position.
WILLMAR — A plea agreement was reached Wednesday in an arson case involving a rural Atwater woman accused of setting fire to her liquor store. In an appearance before Eighth District Judge Jennifer Fischer, Mary Sue Whitcomb, 52, entered an Alford plea. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the evidence likely to be offered at trial is enough under the “reasonable doubt” standard for a jury to be substantially likely to render a guilty verdict. The plea agreement averts a jury trial that was to have started this month. Sentencing on the charge of secon
WILLMAR — A crowd of children filled the kids’ reading corner Friday morning at the Willmar Public Library, listening to Rep. Dave Baker read aloud to them.
WILLMAR — Plans were unveiled last week for a new $5.4 million home for Rice Memorial Hospital’s Rice Rehabilitation Center. The project will allow the rehab center to unite all its services under one roof and position it to meet growing demand. There’s a rising community need for rehabilitation services ranging from speech, occupational and physical therapy to concussion management, neurological services, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and more, said Teri Beyer, chief quality officer at Rice Memorial Hospital. “It’s been steady growth.
Leslie Ellingson has lived all 91 years of his life on the same farm north of Sunburg. He’s slowed down in recent years but he still drives a tractor and he’s not one to say no to coffee and pie at the Sunburg cafe. On Sunday, he’ll have the distinction of riding in a convertible as a grand marshal of Sunburg’s annual Syttende Mai parade. “I feel highly honored that they asked me,” Ellingson said. He’ll be joined by a female guest from Norway — Tone Tjensvold Barstad, who comes from Bryne in southern Norway and is president there of the Sons of Norway Leiv Eriksson Lodge 8-021. “We think
WILLMAR — Digital media entrepreneur Dan Benoit was thinking about moving from St. Cloud to the metro area. Then he heard about WORKUP, a co-working space being launched in Willmar this spring. He came for a tour. The next day he signed up as one of the first businesses to join the new space, which officially opened May 4. “It’s unbelievable. It’s perfect,” said Benoit as he unpacked boxes and plugged in cables last week for the set-up of his business, Tall Rocks Media. “It’s exactly what I was looking for,” he said.
WILLMAR — Dr. Klint Willert, the Willmar School Board’s choice as new superintendent of the school district, has accepted a position instead with the Brookings School District in Brookings, South Dakota. The Brookings School District issued a news release Friday saying that it has hired Willert. His first official day in the new position will be July 1. Willert was one of two finalists for Willmar School District superintendent. After a final round of interviews, the School Board offered the position to him earlier this week.