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WILLMAR — That bottle of apple juice in the grocery store aisle looks nutritious. But reach for a jar of unsweetened applesauce instead and watch the Nutritional Value score zoom up from a 10 to a 99.
WILLMAR — Once a week Shawn Franklin takes her turn as one of the after-hours phone triage nurses for Affiliated Community Medical Centers. She has her cell phone and laptop, and a quiet place at home for fielding calls about rashes, fevers, upset stomachs, chest pain and more. On a slow night there might be only six or seven calls to the triage line. But if it’s a busy night, there could be as many as 30 or 40. “People just have questions,” said Franklin, director of patient services for the regional multispecialty health network. “They need reassurance.
WILLMAR — Down through the ages, the cemetery headstone has gone virtually unchanged — until now, with a venture by a pair of young business partners that uses QR code technology to unlock the life stories of the departed. Stick one of Eternal Legacy LLC’s anodized aluminum plaques on a gravestone, and a scan of the embedded QR code will take you to an online tribute page personalized by family and friends with photos, stories, reminiscences and more. For entrepreneurs Mike Clawson, 25, and Josh Toney, 27, it’s a way of combining 21st-century digital technology with the age-old desire to pre
HUTCHINSON — The Southwest Initiative Foundation has named Diana Anderson as its new president and chief executive. The foundation’s board of directors voted unanimously this week in favor of Anderson’s appointment. She had been interim president and CEO since August 2014, after the resignation of longtime president Sherry Ristau.
WILLMAR — The surface of Wayne Nelson’s desk in the corner office at Heritage Bank was empty on Wednesday. And for once, there wasn’t a single meeting on his calendar. Nelson, 65, retired at the end of 2014 after a long career in local banking, community leadership and volunteering.
WILLMAR — Members of the Kandiyohi County Drug-Free Communities Coalition hope to continue their work in 2015 of preventing alcohol and tobacco use among underage youths. It will be a challenge, however, with funding cuts that have put the coalition’s future on shaky ground. The coalition has had five years of federal Drug-Free Communities grant money, awarded through the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to launch and sustain efforts ranging from developing social host ordinances to supporting peer-to-peer tobacco prevention at local schools. “We have made significant progress.
WILLMAR — In a dispute that garnered national attention, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that medical staff bylaws can be an enforceable contract between a hospital and members of the medical staff. The Supreme Court Justices also ruled that a medical staff that meets criteria outlined in state statute has the capacity to sue and be sued. The court’s decision reverses an earlier ruling by the Court of Appeals in a lawsuit filed more than two years ago by the medical staff of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center against the hospital. “We’ve been waiting almost 11 months for the
WILLMAR — The patient is recovering from a C-section, and students in the Ridgewater College baccalaureate nursing program are gathered around her bed in the school’s simulation laboratory. Although the...
Norovirus has been hitting Minnesota hard this winter, with about 40 outbreaks reported to the Minnesota Department of Health since the beginning of November. The outbreaks have occurred in a...
WILLMAR — Board members of the Willmar Community-Owned Grocery are weighing their options after a campaign to help capitalize the start-up of the cooperative grocery store fell far short of the goal. The board has a handful of choices. Recruitment could continue for member-owners to join the cooperative, with another try later at opening a storefront. A scaled-down version of a cooperative grocery store could be pursued.