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WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of 15 Minnesota hospitals to earn the Gold designation on the Minnesota Department of Health antibiotic stewardship honor roll. The honor roll recognizes hospitals that demonstrate commitment, action and collaboration in appropriate use of antibiotics to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance. In all, 26 Minnesota hospitals made the honor roll for their participation in the state program. The Gold designation is the highest level.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board will hold a hearing next month on its proposed ordinance governing buffer strip implementation and enforcement. The hearing is at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. It will be an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed ordinance.
WILLMAR — A disputed conditional use permit application for a hog operation in northern Kandiyohi County has been sent back to the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission for further review. The permit cleared the approval process with the Planning Commission earlier this month. But amid questions over whether there was enough information available to gauge the hog farm's impact on surrounding properties, the County Commissioners voted 3-2 last week against granting the permit, then opted to put the issue back into the hands of the Planning Commission.
WILLMAR — After months of study, discussion and input from the public, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to proceed with a local option sales tax to fund designated transportation projects. The tax will generate an estimated $2.7 million a year that will be used to pay for four projects totaling $13 million over four and a half years. Consumers will start to see the half-cent local tax when it takes effect April 1 of next year.
LITCHFIELD — A Litchfield woman faces four felony charges of second-degree assault for allegedly ramming her ex-boyfriend's truck from behind. Minor injuries were reported to the four occupants of the truck, including two children. Desirae Margaret Nelson, 21, also is charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault. She made her first appearance Monday in Meeker County District Court.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board is expected to take action this coming week on a proposed half-cent countywide sales tax to fund designated local highway projects. The board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., Willmar.
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital administrators are seeking to explain significant health insurance premium increases that many Rice employees will see next year. The issue boiled to the fore at a meeting Tuesday night of the Willmar City Council. The council had planned to discuss a pending affiliation agreement involving the city-owned hospital, Affiliated Community Medical Centers and CentraCare Health. Instead, much of the discussion centered on the sticker shock that hit many employees when open enrollment began last week.
WILLMAR — For much of the negotiation process, it was simply referred to as "Newco," or "new company." Last month Affiliated Community Medical Centers, Rice Memorial Hospital and CentraCare Health unveiled the name chosen for the new nonprofit joint entity they hope to implement Jan. 1: Carris Health. The three organizations turned to their own employees for ideas and suggestions. More than 60 were submitted from the staff of ACMC, Rice Hospital and Willmar Medical Services. A few suggestions even came from CentraCare staff.
WILLMAR — Shareholder agreements began arriving late last week in the mailboxes of the 89 physicians who hold ownership shares in Affiliated Community Medical Centers. It is among the final steps as ACMC Health moves toward integration with Rice Memorial Hospital into a new joint entity, known as Carris Health, that will operate as a nonprofit subsidiary of CentraCare Health.
WILLMAR — With two public hearings completed, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is ready to proceed with a vote next week on adopting a local option sales tax to help fund transportation projects. Board members were prepared to take formal action at the end of the second hearing Monday, but agreed to wait another week to allow extra time for the public to weigh in. "I've said many times I want people to express themselves," said Rollie Nissen. "I would just like a little more time to do that."