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When it comes to health, loneliness seems to matter, suggests a new study that found a connection between feeling lonely and shorter lifespans. The study appeared in June in the Archives of Internal Medicine and focused on a specific population: adults over the age of 60. As study participants were tracked over six years, those who self-reported feelings of loneliness were more likely to experience "functional decline" -- i.e.
Minnesota's first human case this year of West Nile virus has been confirmed, the state Health Department said today. The case involved a man from St. Louis County who developed West Nile encephalitis and meningitis in late May after traveling to south central Minnesota. He was hospitalized and is recovering, state health officials said. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes.
WILLMAR -- By midafternoon Monday, the heat index in Willmar had soared to 100 degrees and Rob Baumgarn, Willmar Community Education and Recreation coordinator, was keeping a close watch on the thermometer. Any hotter, and he and his staff would have to start talking about whether to cancel community rec activities for the day. "We constantly are checking the heat index," Baumgarn said. "If it reaches 100 to 105, that's where we start contemplating about what we should do." A heat wave has had the region simmering since the weekend.
Reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling today on the Accountable Care Act has been swift to pour in.
WILLMAR -- Is the addition of more jobs the best strategy for Kandiyohi County to promote economic growth? Should there be more emphasis on creating jobs that pay well?
WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old from New London is facing a felony charge of receiving stolen property in connection with the recovery of a gold-plated chalice reported stolen in April from a local church. Darien Cole Frank made an initial appearance Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court on, where he was formally charged. Judge David Mennis set the bond for his release at $70,000. The chalice apparently went missing from Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer in late April.
WILLMAR -- Red Cross officials are urging eligible donors to give blood and help stave off a shortage developing this summer across the region. As of Friday, North Central Blood Services was 682 units short of its commitment to the hospitals it serves, said Dave Kelley, donor recruitment representative for central Minnesota. The blood bank, which normally has a 10-day supply on hand, had fallen to a two- or three-day cushion, he said. Compared to a year ago, blood donations in the region are down overall.