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ST. PAUL — Minnesota Highway 23 from New London to Paynesville is on a list of 13 “Corridors of Commerce” highway projects that are being accelerated with new funding. The announcement of a $70 million state investment in additional road projects was made Tuesday morning by Gov. Mark Dayton. Twelve of the Corridors of Commerce projects, including Highway 23, are being funded with existing money approved by the Legislature and the governor as part of a 2014 Corridors of Commerce initiative.
Minnesota Highway 23 from New London to Paynesville is on a list of 13 “Corridors of Commerce” highway projects that are being accelerated with new funding. The announcement of a $70 million state investment in additional road projects was made Tuesday morning by Gov. Mark Dayton.
WILLMAR — With two family members living with dementia, the Mitteness clan knows well the daily struggles, the pain and the small happy moments of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age-related dementia. Tears gather in Alan Petersen’s eyes as he says, “It just takes everything from you.” But there’s also an enduring love. Petersen visits his mother, Betty, at the nursing home twice a week, and although she hasn’t said his name in more than a year, “that isn’t the most important thing,” he said.
WILLMAR — Intensive care services at Rice Memorial Hospital will morph into a different, more versatile model in upcoming months with the development of so-called acuity-adaptable rooms — hospital rooms capable of housing both intensive care patients and general medical and surgical patients. The hospital’s board of directors gave approval last week to proceed with construction docu ments for the project.
WILLMAR — Continued development of Kandiyohi County’s agriculture-related business sector emerged Thursday as a top priority next year for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. Close behind were a focus on business development, business retention and expansion, development of the county’s industrial parks and comprehensive marketing of the EDC’s services and successes. The next step is a draft plan that will go back to Economic Development Commission board members for review and adoption. The priority list is the result of an intense half-day planning ses
WILLMAR — About 8 percent of area student-athletes suffered a sports-related concussion last year and several had symptoms that lingered for days or even weeks. Since the fall of 2008, nearly 300 concussions have been reported among local students in sports ranging from football and soccer to softball, basketball, tennis and gymnastics. And so far this fall, 18 student-athletes with suspected concussions have been referred for evaluation. The figures come from the Rice Rehab Center’s ImPACT concussion management program, which provides baseline testing and post-injury evaluation for athlete
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County has a better array of mental health services than many rural Minnesota counties. But there aren’t enough of them, and it’s still a struggle for people to obtain mental health services close to home when they need them. Timely access to help, especially for those in need of specialized mental health services, emerged at a local roundtable discussion Friday as one of the key gaps in the region. And change must take place sooner rather than later, a mental health case worker told the 75-some people present. “We need this to happen soon,” she said.
WILLMAR — Ongoing financial pressures recently led Rice Memorial Hospital to close its Grief Center. The program, which had provided free counseling and support for people experiencing bereavement and loss, shut down on July 31. Rice will continue to offer grief support to Rice Hospice families through the hospice program and will help refer others to local services they may need, said Wendy Ulferts, chief nursing officer. But maintaining the Grief Center was no longer financially feasible, she said. “It was an amazing, great service. I’m glad we could provide it as long as we did.
WILLMAR — One of the take-home messages for Minnesota Sen. Torrey Westrom during a campaign visit Monday to Kandiyohi County came halfway through a tour of the MinnWest Technology Campus. Jim Sandstrom, general manager of Epitopix, described some of the frustrations his company faces in getting new animal vaccines onto the market. Federal regulations are often burdensome, Sandstrom said.
WILLMAR — Local health providers are gearing up for that annual rite of autumn, the administering of the influenza vaccine. Vaccine that is given in upcoming weeks will help protect children and adults during the 2014-15 flu season.