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WILLMAR -- So you've always called it "the Y," even though you know the correct, official name is "YMCA." You're now doing it right. The YMCA organization of the United States has undergone a major makeover of its brand, emerging with a new and shortened name, a colorful new logo and a heightened emphasis on the Y's role in community health and well-being. "The new branding is really a communication system for the Y," said Tom Bolin, associate executive director of the Kandiyohi County Area Family Y.
WILLMAR -- A $23 million jury verdict in a malpractice case has contributed to bumping up Rice Memorial Hospital's professional liability insurance premiums by more than 50 percent. The city-owned hospital was hit with the premium increase when its professional liability policy was renewed Aug. 1. "It would be unrealistic to not expect a premium increase, given what happened," Dale Hustedt, chief administrative officer, said Friday.
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer Wildcats are going pink at tonight's football game in honor of breast cancer awareness during the month of October. Football players will wear pink shoelaces and play on a field spray-painted with the signature pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness. The Wildcats take on Milaca at 7 p.m. at the NLS football field. Affiliated Community Medical Centers is teaming up to help with the event. ACMC staff are handing out miniature pink footballs to the first 500 people who come through the gates. During halftime, Dr.
WILLMAR -- A "Give-to-the-Kids" matching grant challenge by the Otto Bremer Foundation helped net top money for two local organizations to support programs that benefit young people. The United Way of West Central Minnesota and West Central Youth For Christ each managed to raise the entire match of $6,000. Combined with matching funds from the Bremer Foundation, it meant both organizations received a total of $12,000 apiece. "It's awesome," said Stacey Roberts, executive director of the United Way of West Central Minnesota.
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer Wildcats are going pink at Friday night's football game in honor of breast cancer awareness during the month of October. Football players will wear pink shoelaces and play on a field spray-painted with the signature pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness. The Wildcats take on Milaca at 7 p.m. at the high school football field. Affiliated Community Medical Centers is teaming up to help with the event. ACMC staff are handing out miniature pink footballs to the first 500 people who come through the gates. During halftime, Dr.
A soldier from New London was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan after his convoy came under fire. Army Pfc. Ryane Clark, 22, died when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the lead vehicle in which he was a passenger, his father, Rick Clark, said Tuesday.
A pair of events in Willmar this month will focus on Alzheimer's disease and related dementia disorders and how caregivers and the community can best care for this population. Richard Taylor, a retired psychologist and author, will speak at Vinje Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Taylor was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58. Now 66, he frequently writes and lectures on the need to recognize the humanity behind the disease. Taylor is leading a staff training at Lakeview Ranch in Dassel earlier in the day.
When her father developed dementia two years ago at age 68, Julie Rice thought she was prepared to handle it. She helped her parents move out of their house and into a more manageable apartment. She researched all the local services. But when her father reached the point of needing more care, things began to unravel. Moving into a memory care unit in July left him disoriented and uncooperative.
WILLMAR -- It's raining cats and kittens at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. The shelter issued an appeal to the public this week to help by either adopting a cat or making a financial donation to sponsor a cat. "We are just so bombarded," said Bobbie Bauman, operations director at the animal shelter. "It's nationwide. A lot of shelters are struggling." At last count, more than 40 felines, mostly kittens, were waiting at the shelter for someone to adopt them.
When the woman rushed frantically down her driveway, crying that her husband was pinned beneath his car, Keith Friesen didn't have to think twice. He gave his cell phone to his wife and told her to call 911. Then he ran across the street to where the man was trapped under a vehicle that had fallen off a jack. Friesen lifted the front end of the car long enough for the man to crawl out. "I just responded," he recalled Monday. For his lifesaving actions on Aug.