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WILLMAR — A delegation of nurses appeared Wednesday before the Rice Memorial Hospital Board, urging board members to keep patient care foremost as negotiations progress on a new joint venture among Rice, Affiliated Community Medical Centers and CentraCare. They also issued a plea for the nursing staff to be included at the table during the discussion. "We urge you to do the right thing — respect our contract and our profession," said Michele McCleary, a registered nurse in the hospital's dialysis unit.
WILLMAR—Volunteer driver programs, a lifeline for rural residents who rely on volunteers to get them to non-emergency medical appointments out of town, may be facing an uncertain future. Transit systems were notified in April that volunteers providing non-emergency medical transportation can no longer exclude all of their mileage reimbursement from their income, a move that could force many of them to quit because of the tax consequences.
WILLMAR—The fallout from the city of Willmar's failure to properly assess vacant platted lots has percolated its way up to the county level. Two Willmar residential developers took their case to Kandiyohi County this week, claiming their bare platted lots have been assessed for more than they're worth. Ron Christianson and Warren Erickson made their appeal Monday to the county Board of Equalization. "Land has not increased that much in value, folks, not in Willmar," Christianson told the board.
WILLMAR—A Kandiyohi County jury found Dennis Michael Jacobson guilty Wednesday on three charges stemming from a firearms incident last summer at a popular Spicer nightspot. Jacobson, 39, of Lake Lillian was acquitted on two other charges following a two-day trial. He faced eight counts altogether but three of them were dismissed before the trial began. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2.
REDWOOD FALLS -- A covert operation targeting the demand for underage sex trafficking led to the arrest of three area men last week in Redwood County.
WILLMAR — Amid the turn-of-the-century trappings of the historic Sperry House, guests sipped tea Friday afternoon and nibbled on dainty sandwiches and cakes. Volunteers moved from table to table, pouring tea from china teapots and handing around platters of carefully arranged delicacies. "It's almost too pretty to eat," declared Shannon Eckhoff as she prepared to taste the assortment of sandwiches on her plate.
WILLMAR — With a deadline looming this month, Kandiyohi County must decide soon whether to take on the enforcement responsibilities for the state's new buffer strip law. A vote is expected at the June 20 meeting of the County Board of Commissioners. That gives the commissioners two more weeks to study the issue and collect public input before settling on the position they want to take, said Larry Kleindl, county administrator. "This will be a big decision whether we take on that enforcement or not," he said.
WILLMAR—A Marshall man must stay away from social media as part of a sentence handed down Thursday for criminal sexual conduct. Mathew Soft, 24, also was ordered to participate in a sex offender treatment program. Soft pleaded guilty in April to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with an underage girl he met online.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Equalization will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, June 12, in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. Property owners may come before the board to contest the assessed value of their property. They must have first appeared before their local township equalization board prior to taking their case to the county level.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners had an urgent message Tuesday for property owners in a Consolidated Telecommunications Co. broadband project zone: The clock is ticking. Customer sign-ups reached 72 percent of the goal this week. But another 220 or so are needed before Consolidated Telecommunications can start construction of a fiber line poised to bring high-speed internet to rural north central Kandiyohi County.