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Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital and the Carris Health Redwood Falls Clinic are among eight Minnesota health care organizations to receive grant funding through Minnesota's new opioid abuse community prevention pilot project. The grant awards, totaling $700,000, were announced Thursday by Gov. Mark Dayton. Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital was awarded $70,000. Carris Health in Redwood Falls will receive a $100,000 grant.
WILLMAR — One of five defendants facing drug and weapons charges stemming from a January raid at a house south of Willmar has pleaded guilty. At a hearing Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court, John Russell Jacobson entered a guilty plea to one count of felony possession of a short-barrelled shotgun and one count of fifth-degree drug possession, a gross misdemeanor. Seven other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement that also included a guilty plea to a charge in a separate case of driving after revocation.
WILLMAR — Paper, plastic or cloth? The Kandiyohi County recycling program is launching an initiative this year to encourage people to give plastic a pass and reach for reusable cloth bags instead. Doing so can help keep countless single-use plastic bags out of the garbage and out of the environment, said Jay Baker, who heads the recycling and regional household hazardous waste programs for Kandiyohi County. "Think beyond," he said. "It's not just today or tomorrow. This is something that can affect things years down the road."
WILLMAR — Despite a plea for leniency, bail conditions will remain the same for a Willmar man charged with murder in connection with the overdose death last year of a local military veteran. Richard Carl Michael Houske, 29, appeared Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court, seeking conditional release terms that would allow him to participate in inpatient substance use treatment while his court case is pending.
REDWOOD FALLS - Redwood Area Hospital and the city of Redwood Falls have taken the first formal steps toward joining the new regional Carris Health system. The Redwood Falls City Council voted Tuesday night to enter into a letter of intent to proceed with the merger. A definitive agreement is expected to be signed in June, with a closing date of Dec. 31. Plans also were formally announced Wednesday for the development of a new health campus for the city-owned hospital and ACMC clinic in Redwood Falls.
WILLMAR — The number of active tuberculosis cases in Kandiyohi County rose last year but TB overall remains rare here, typically accounting for fewer than half a dozen cases each year. Two cases of active TB, reported late last year at Willmar High School, sparked public attention, said Denise Kragenbring, supervisor with Kandiyohi County Public Health. "People's ears perk up and they get concerned," she said.
WILLMAR — In the first step toward a $5 million capital improvement project by the Glacial Lakes Sanitary Sewer and Water District, the firm of Short Elliott Hendrickson has been selected for the engineering work. A contract with SEH for $555,551 was approved Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election. Hartog, who has been the sheriff for almost 16 years, said he plans to retire when his term expires at the beginning of January. The formal announcement came during the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning. Hartog said it was "a tough decision." "I've thoroughly enjoyed my career in law enforcement. ... It's been a great career," he said.
WILLMAR — Construction is underway on a new town center and chapel, the last phase in a multimillion-dollar expansion of the Bethesda Grand campus. New wings that house skilled care and short-term rehabilitation were completed almost two years ago. Now a separate fundraising campaign is underway for the town center, the final piece in a transformation of Bethesda into a place where young and old can meet, mingle and connect.