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WILLMAR — Diane Hagedorn, director of nursing at Rice Care Center, was recently honored with the 2016 Director of Nursing of the Year award from the Minnesota Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care. She received the statewide award Oct. 13 at the association's annual fall conference at Breezy Point in Pequot Lakes. She was nominated by Pam Adam, administrator of Rice Care Center and Therapy Suites.
WILLMAR — The initials haven't changed but they now stand for something different. The name of the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District was officially changed this week to the Glacial Lakes Sanitary Sewer and Water District to better reflect its service area. The change was approved Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Discussion has been underway for several months on a new name for the water and sewer district, said Colleen Thompson, superintendent of the system.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board will hold a hearing this month on a proposed new ordinance that places countywide restrictions on tobacco use above and beyond what's already required by state statute. The hearing is set for 11:15 a.m. Nov. 15 in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. It will give the public a chance to ask questions and offer input before the County Commissioners vote on whether to adopt the smoke-free ordinance. The proposed ordinance was unveiled Tuesday to the County Board of Commissioners.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County's smoke-free ordinance will be on the table for discussion when the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meets Tuesday. The board convenes at 10 a.m. in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar. Also on the agenda are budget and bylaw action on behalf of the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District and consideration of a fund request for Federal Emergency Management Agency mapping.
A sinkhole developed Friday on the downstream side of the Lac qui Parle Dam embankment, triggering an investigation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. In a statement issued Saturday, the Corps said the sinkhole opened up on the western side of the dam embankment. Water being passed through gates on that side of the dam has been stopped. Crews will remove part of the earthen cofferdam in order to pass water from the eastern upstream side of the dam.
WILLMAR — Candidates for the Second District seat on the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners shared their views Friday on top issues facing the county, the use of tax abatements as an economic development tool and future opportunities for increased collaboration. Doug Reese, the incumbent, and challenger Steve Ahmann took turns answering questions at the forum, sponsored by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. When it was time for closing statements, however, Ahmann used his allotted two minutes to criticize Reese and the County Board.
WILLMAR — Candidates for the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners squared off Tuesday night at a public forum, fielding questions on topics ranging from landfill fees and recycling to property tax abatements. Voters will elect three County Commissioners Nov. 8. There is one contested race, between incumbent Doug Reese and challenger Steve Ahmann. They are seeking election in the Second Commissioner District. The Second Commissioner District is mostly urban, covering the east and central portions of the city of Willmar, including the downtown area.
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Public Works Department office in Willmar has announced that beginning at 8 a.m. today, BNSF Railroad crews will be working on the railroad crossings at County Road 1 in the town of Pennock and at CR 116 south of St. Johns Lake. BNSF indicates that the roads will reopen to traffic at noon Wednesday. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
WILLMAR — Look for the fee structure at the Kandiyohi County landfill to change, starting Jan. 1. The County Board of Commissioners has adopted revisions in the county's solid waste ordinance that change the landfill tipping fees and increase the environmental service charge. New restrictions also will be placed on county residents who bring their own garbage to the landfill. In most cases customers will pay slightly more, either in direct costs or indirectly through their commercial garbage collection bill.
WILLMAR — Two forums are scheduled this week to give the public a chance to learn about the views of the candidates running for the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. There is one contested seat this year on the County Board. Incumbent Doug Reese and Willmar City Councilman Steve Ahmann both filed in the Second Commissioner District. They will be featured at a forum hosted by the Willmar Area League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Municipal Utilities auditorium.