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WILLMAR -- A parking ramp is once again a possibility for downtown Willmar. The joint operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission was approached Thursday about sharing the cost to conduct a feasibility study for a downtown parking ramp. Two consulting firms have already been chosen as finalists to conduct the study, said Adam Arvidson, a consultant for the Willmar Design Center who is working with the nonprofit urban design center on the project. The study carries an estimated $30,000 price tag.
Randy Ryan had 18 open houses last weekend for homes listed for sale. The schedule was so busy that Ryan, a Realtor with RE/MAX Preferred Realty, had to recruit extra help.
WILLMAR -- A program that combines group support and education with lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of diabetes will be launched this week at the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA. A few openings are still left in the Y Diabetes Prevention Program, which starts Thursday. "We can take 15 people total," said Christy Marthaller, of the Y.
WILLMAR -- A couple of days a week, when the weather is nice, Andrew Bjur rides his bike to work at Engan and Associates in downtown Willmar, where he works as an architect. "I only have to travel about a mile so it's not that bad," Bjur said.
WILLMAR -- Tenex Health Inc., the developer of a medical device for removing diseased tissue from tendons, will open a production facility at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. The California-based company made the announcement Wednesday. The addition of Tenex Health marks the technology campus' entry into Minnesota's flourishing medical device industry. Jim Sieben, president of MinnWest Technology Campus, said campus officials had been working to put together the necessary incentives to bring Tenex Health to the area. "They are an important step in our effort to draw biotechnology
WILLMAR -- Inside the large white trailer that houses the Minnesota Department of Health's Mobile Medical Unit, field beds are neatly lined up, partitioned by curtains. Rows of glass-fronted cabinets house basic supplies. The unit has a portable X-ray machine and its own small laboratory and pharmacy. It's equipped with ventilators. It can provide invasive cardiac monitoring and ultrasound. "You'd think you were in an emergency department, and you are," said Dr.
WILLMAR -- Organizers of a Walk to End Alzheimer's Oct. 1 in Willmar hope to raise several thousand dollars for research and services. But more than this, they want to increase local awareness of a disease whose incidence continues to rise. A national campaign launched Wednesday for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, which will be held in towns across the U.S. this fall. All told, millions of dollars are expected to be raised. The event in Willmar on Oct.
WILLMAR -- New expenses prompted the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission to revise its budget upwards for the year, a move that was unanimously approved Thursday by the joint operations board. To help cover the spending increase, the EDC's reserve fund will be dipped into more deeply.
All through the winter, staff and residents at Rice Care Center have watched the walls go up, the roof get built and the windows installed for the facility's new short-term stay unit. The project is now weeks away from completion, and already officials are starting to talk about the open houses they want to host to introduce the new Therapy Suites to the community. "It's been very exciting.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital's financial health strengthened with another profitable month during March -- the fourth month in a row with a positive margin. After a period of low in-patient volume and fiscal stagnation, hospital officials are beginning to hint at signs of recovery. "I really believe we've turned that corner," Bill Fenske, chief financial officer, said Friday at a meeting of the hospital board's finance committee. The city-owned hospital posted a $617,000 net profit in March -- more than six times what was budgeted. For the year so far, Rice is sitting at a $1.3 millio