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WILLMAR — A proposal to offer mileage reimbursement to the operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission sank Thursday on a failed vote. The issue was suggested by a Kandiyohi County Board member as an incentive to help attract volunteers willing to serve on the board. Historically, members of the joint operations board, who come from the public at large and are nominated by the city and the county, haven’t been paid for either their time or their mileage.
WILLMAR — If you watch reality shows about hoarding, Janet Yeats has advice for you: Turn off the TV because what you’re seeing is mostly entertainment, not real life. “There is a stereotype or stigma in our culture about people who hoard.
WILLMAR — Two recommendations are being made for the future location of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission office. In a show of hands Thursday by the EDC Joint Operations Board, the first choice was the former WindStream building on Highway 12 East, across the highway from the Best Western Plus (formerly Holiday Inn) of Willmar.
WILLMAR — Attracting and keeping qualified workers remains a persistent challenge for Minnesota manufacturers, and there are indications that the problem is spreading. Two-thirds of the manufacturing CEOs surveyed for Enterprise Minnesota’s annual “The State of Manufacturing” report said it’s difficult to recruit, and many have begun to list it as one of their key concerns. The sixth annual report is being shared around the state in a series of meetings that began in May. The most recent meeting was Friday in Litchfield.
WILLMAR — The small-group conversations got intense at a pair of local forums Wednesday on setting priorities for a community response to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age-related dementia...
WILLMAR — It’s the Year of the Cat this year at Hawk Creek Animal Shelter and staff are redoubling their efforts to increase cat adoptions. From reducing adoption fees to displaying the kittens front and center, different strategies are being tried in hopes of encouraging the public to choose a shelter cat as their new best friend. “If they choose a dog, that’s wonderful. An animal gets a home,” said Sharon Mace, executive director of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties.
WILLMAR — When members of the Willmar-area ACT on Alzheimer’s coalition conducted a community survey this past year, they uncovered a significant need for more education about dementia, for caregivers and health care professionals as well as the general public. They learned that the majority of local residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of age-related dementia are still living in their own home — and in many cases, living alone. They learned there’s still some stigma attached to dementia and that family caregivers don’t always have adequate support. They found that many famili
WILLMAR — His work as one of the West Central Tribune’s news photographers made Ron Adams a familiar sight at local parades, school events and more.
WILLMAR — Groundbreaking for a $21 million expansion of the Bethesda Health and Housing Pleasant View campus is still a couple of months away, but Bethesda is already beginning to talk publicly about the project and enlisting community support. In a sneak preview Thursday morning for local business leaders, Bethesda unveiled plans for the campus enhancements and asked for backing as the project goes forward. “We need your help,” said Larry Knutson, chairman of the Bethesda board of directors.
WILLMAR — With a unanimous vote, the joint powers board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has appointed Art Benson and Linda Kacher to the operating board. The vote on Wednesday filled two of three vacancies on the board and brought an end to several weeks of controversy over Kacher’s nomination by the Willmar City Council. Board members said it was time to reach an agreement so that the EDC’s joint operating board could go forward with the business of economic development. “I think we need to move ahead,” said Harlan Madsen, a Kandiyohi County Comm