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WILLMAR - Dr. Klint Willert, the Willmar School Board’s choice as superintendent of the school district, has been offered the superintendent position with the Brookings School District in Brookings, S.D.
WILLMAR — A Nepali student spending the semester in Willmar has set up an online fund for donations for earthquake relief in his homeland. The fund established by Suchit Khadge can be found at www.gofundme.com/helpnepalrise . Khadge, 23, is from Kathmandu and is studying electrical engineering at St. Cloud State University. He is currently participating in a cooperative learning semester at Nova-Tech Engineering in Willmar. His family survived the earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25 and their house is still intact, with some minor cracks.
WILLMAR — When he heard the news Saturday that an earthquake had devastated his home country of Nepal, Suchit Khadge immediately wanted to book a flight home so that he could help with relief efforts. But for now, the 23-year-old has elected to stay in Minnesota and work on awareness and fundraising.
The silt fences are up and heavy equipment is crawling around on the site of new construction at Bethesda Pleasant View in Willmar. With the arrival of spring, work is moving ahead in earnest on a $21 million project to unite Bethesda Health and Housing services on one campus. Bethesda also is rebooting its capital campaign to raise $3 million in support of the project. An early snowstorm brought a halt last November to preparation of the construction site, leaving the project on hold through the winter. “Now we’re anxious to get back up and running,” said Michelle Haefner, chief executive
WILLMAR — Diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 46, Sandy Oltz, of St. Cloud, was one of the real-life consultants who helped bring authenticity for the movie “Still Alice” that led to a recent Oscar for actress Julianne Moore. Oltz will be the guest speaker and early-onset Alzheimer’s will be the focus at a community education night Tuesday, hosted by the West Central Dementia Awareness Network. The event at Vinje Lutheran Church starts at 5:15 p.m. with informational displays and dinner. The program at 6 p.m.
WILLMAR — Steve Renquist, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, announced Thursday that he will retire Aug.
WILLMAR — In the 20-some years he was on the staff at Woodland Centers, Dr. Eugene Bonynge had a hand in most of the community mental health center’s programs, including a 15-year tenure as executive director. After his unexpected death in 2010 at age 57, numerous people came forward to share stories with his wife, Jane, about how Bonynge had helped them or someone in their family through a mental health issue. “They were very grateful and thankful.
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital worked through a series of financial challenges last year, ending the year with a balance sheet that shows signs of improving health. Although the city-owned hospital sustained an operating loss for the second year in a row, the loss was smaller.
WILLMAR — A slogan on a T-shirt glimpsed at a parade in Rochester last summer made a lasting impression on Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. It read, “Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion, it is an act of surrender.” Simon brings up the T-shirt anecdote to illustrate why voters, even when they’re disenchanted or turned off by the political process, should keep participating. “It’s in people’s self-interest to vote and making sure their voice is heard.
WILLMAR — Barely a week after launching a new telemedicine program early in March for diagnosing and treating stroke, Rice Memorial Hospital used the service for the first time with a patient suspected of having a stroke. “It went very well. It was very smooth,” Dr. Ken Flowe, chief medical officer, said of the process. Rice is turning to the power of interactive digital communication to provide speedier care and better outcomes for patients who experience a stroke. The telestroke service, a partnership with the St.