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WILLMAR -- The handwritten notes were short but heartfelt. "I thank you from the bottom of my heart" for receiving help from the Rice trust fund to pay a hospital bill, one person wrote.
WILLMAR -- A proposal is moving forward to turn the ag specialist position at the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission from part time into full time. The EDC's joint operations board voted Thursday to recommend to the governing board that the ag position be expanded to full time. With the number of agricultural and renewable energy initiatives un- der way, the move is warranted, bo-ard members said. "I think it's too important to not fund it," said Bev Dougherty. The EDC ag specialist works closely with the agricultural and renewable energy committee on a va
WILLMAR -- For the first time in at least five years, Rice Memorial Hospital has started its fiscal year by generating a profit. In another financial development, the hospital has passed the $50 million mark in net assets, triggering a larger payment in lieu of taxes to the city of Willmar. Hospital officials reported to the hospital board finance committee Wednesday that the Rice organization, which includes the city-owned hospital, Rice Care Center and Rice Home Medical, posted a net gain of just under $320,000 in January. It's good news for the hospital, which has struggled in recent yea
WILLMAR -- Roy C. Jensen didn't attend school past the eighth grade and was happiest running his dairy farm north of Priam. Yet he left a statewide legacy: As a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1950s, he helped craft the bill that established Minnesota's community college system. Jensen died Sunday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar at the age of 101.
WILLMAR -- Until a few months ago, families who wanted information about Bethesda Health and Housing Services weren't always sure where to go. The new Welcome Center makes it easier by giving them a central place to start, says Michelle Haefner, chief operating officer of Bethesda. "As our campus continues to grow and we're adding more services, we wanted to make a more seamless process," she said. "Instead of having people call the different entities, we now have the Welcome Center where we can answer all their questions.
WILLMAR -- A sex offender has pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in exchange for being sentenced according to state guidelines. The plea agreement with Timothy George Powers Jr., 25, of Paynesville was filed Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for March 31. Under the agreement, Powers likely will face 70 months, or just under six years, in prison. He was accused of having nonconsensual sex with a teenaged girl while they were together in a tent at a family gathering.
Kristyn Osterhaus, 18, broke into a wide smile Tuesday as Pablo, a 4-year-old service dog, retrieved a set of car keys and dropped them in her lap.
WILLMAR -- The patient was anesthetized, limbs lolling as Erin Richards and Lindsay Liles carried her to the back of the RV and hoisted her onto the surgery table. Dr.
WILLMAR -- With 200-plus laboratory specimens for Rice Memorial Hospital's courier service to pick up each day from outlying hospitals, there inevitably were times when a tissue sample or vial of blood got mislaid. But after introducing a software system last year to electronically keep track of everything being picked up and dropped off, the number of lost samples went down to zero. "The No.
WILLMAR -- A blizzard warning will remain in effect for southern and western Minnesota until noon today. The National Weather Service said 5 to 8 inches of snow fell in just a few hours Sunday in south central Minnesota, including the cities of Owatonna, Albert Lea, Mankato and New Ulm.