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WILLMAR — Going for a bicycle ride might be one of the last things that someone with Parkinson’s disease feels capable of doing. But there’s a sizable body of evidence that the activity could well improve their lives both physically and emotionally. To promote the “get out and ride” message, the National Parkinson Foundation of Minnesota is bringing the Pedal and Roll program to Willmar this week. Founder Liz Ogren of the Twin Cities, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s seven years ago at age 44, will give an educational talk, “Prospering with Parkinson’s,” at 6:30 p.m.
WILLMAR — Voters in Willmar’s Second Ward will choose between Ron Christianson and Steve Gardner this November in a closely watched contest for a seat on the Willmar City Council. Christianson, the incumbent, and Gardner, a former City Councilman seeking a comeback, won a three-way primary race Tuesday, placing them on the general election ballot Nov. 4. Unofficial totals put Christianson first, with 289 votes, or 40.9 percent of the total.
WILLMAR — In the waiting rooms at Affiliated Community Medical Centers, patients have their choice of chairs to sit in. Some chairs have arms, others don’t. Some chairs are elevated, making it easier to stand up. Need to have your blood pressure taken?
WILLMAR — When someone on the pharmacy staff at Rice Memorial Hospital is verifying a physician order, making up an IV or engaged in some other critical task, a red stop sign taped to the counter sends a can’t-miss message to everyone: This person is involved in a no-talk task and shouldn’t be interrupted. It’s one of many steps the hospital pharmacy has taken to increase patient safety and reduce the possibility of error. “It’s reminding each other that there are lives at st ake.
WILLMAR — A local Alzheimer’s disease coalition has set its sights on increasing the number of support groups for caregivers of older adults with dementia, along with developing a cadre of trained community educators to help spread awareness of Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia. Implementation will start this fall. It’s hoped that the two projects will help set Willmar and Kandiyohi County on the path toward becoming a dementia-capable community. “It’s a matter of working together as a team,” said Andrea Carruthers, coordinator of the ACT on Alzheimer’s group that is part of a state
WILLMAR — An ongoing investigation by the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force resulted in the arrest of 21 suspects Wednesday on felony controlled substance sales crimes. The task force...
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that attempts are underway to locate a 44-year-old mother suspected of taking her son in violation of a court order. Amy Lorraine Winterfeldt of New London, also known as Amy Gomm, was supposed to have returned her son, age 4, to his father in Appleton, Wis., on Saturday but failed to show up, the Sheriff’s Office said.
WILLMAR — Citing insufficient probable cause, the attorney for a 19-year-old Willmar man accused of stabbing his grandmother last month has asked the court to dismiss all charges. Ex-Savor Cruz made an initial appearance Monday in Eighth District Court, where an omnibus hearing for the presentation of evidentiary issues was scheduled for Aug. 6. His attorney, Ramona Lackore, last week filed the motion for dismissal.
RAYMOND — The three Jack Russell terriers strained at their leashes as they waited their turn Sunday afternoon to run the lure course at the Buckingham Blitz. At the signal, Mistral, the first dog to run the course, was off like a shot, chasing a mechanized lure that led her down the grassy field, around the turn at the far end and back to her waiting owner, all in little more than 15 seconds. Other Jack Russells strutted their stuff in the show ring, uncovered prey in the scent-and-locate arena, barked, hung out with their owners or snoozed in the shade. About 130 terriers and their owners
WILLMAR — A new form of rodent poison, aimed at reducing the health risk to children, pets and wildlife, is appearing on store shelves nationwide and locally. But worries are mounting among veterinarians about the unintended consequences.