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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.
WILLMAR -- Well, the balmy weather last week was nice while it lasted. Winter reasserted itself Sunday with a major winter storm that brought heavy snow and white-out conditions to a large swath of central and southwestern Minnesota. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning that remains in effect until noon today for counties in west central Minnesota, including Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine. A winter storm warning also is in effect until noon across the rest of central and southern Minnesota, from Worthington to the
Primary care doctors are increasingly frustrated and un-happy with burdensome paperwork, long hours and crushing educational lo-ans. If something could be done to improve physician satisfaction, would it help strengthen the fabric of primary care in Minnesota? The issue was one of several explored Wednesday at a meeting in Willmar to co-llect input on the state of primary care. Minnesota is one of 25 states awarded a planning grant last year from the U.S.
WILLMAR -- As recently as five years ago, Rice Memorial Hospital had an inpatient census averaging in the high 40s. Then the numbers started to drop: 46 ... 44 ... 38 ... 34. Dealing with the steady decline in inpatient numbers has been one of the city-owned hospital's biggest challenges these past few years. It has led to a leaner operation, with less staff and tighter internal efficiencies. But Rice still managed to post an overall profit in 2010, suggesting that many of the belt-tightening strategies are paying off.
WILLMAR -- Perspectives and personal experiences with racial equity, from economic development to the worlds of education and health care, will be collected at a gathering Thursday in Willmar. The information ultimately will make its way into a legislative report card and action agenda being compiled by the nonprofit Organizing Apprenticeship Project.
WILLMAR -- Three million dollars' worth of revenue notes is slated to be issued next month to finance the construction of a new short-term care wing at the Rice Care Center. A resolution asking the Willmar City Council to issue the notes was approved Wednesday night by the Rice Memorial Hospital board of directors. It's one of several formalities before the financing package can be completed, said Bill Fenske, chief financial officer at Rice Hospital. "Now we're in the process of approving all the resolutions," he said. The City Council already held a hearing Monday on the matter.
The biobusiness industry has flourished in Minnesota during a time when many st-ates saw stagnation or decline.
WILLMAR -- Heritage Bank does most of its business at the community banks it owns in rural Minnesota towns such as Willmar and Pennock. But when it began offering direct savings accounts that can be electronically managed, customers from 48 states signed up. Behold the enduring power of the savings account. These days consumers have checking accounts, debit accounts, investment accounts, money market accounts and a host of other options for saving and spending their money.
WILLMAR -- Yasmin Ismael wore a wide, gap-toothed smile as she climbed out of the dentist's chair. Out in the waiting room at the Rice Regional Dental Clinic, half a dozen other youngsters fidgeted or sat quietly, waiting for their turn in the chair. Nearly 90 children from low-income households had a chance Friday to have their teeth examined and cleaned by staff and volunteers at the regional dental clinic. The cost? Free of charge. It was the first time the Rice Regional Dental Clinic participated in the American Dental Association's annual "Give Kids a Smile" Day, and Dr.