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WILLMAR — An early blast of winter unloaded several inches of snow on west central Minnesota Monday, bringing an abrupt end to fall and a rough introduction to the snow season. The storm caused difficult driving conditions and led to school cancellations and business closings across the region. Snow fell throughout the morning across the midsection of the state. Unofficial totals from the National Weather Service included 10 inches in Willmar and Benson, 10.5 inches in Murdock and 6.7 inches at Cosmos. Some of the heaviest snow fell just to the north; at St.
WILLMAR - An early blast of winter unloaded several inches of snow on west central Minnesota Monday, causing difficult driving conditions and leading to school cancellations across the region. The heaviest band of snow was parked on top of Minnesota’s midsection. Snowfall totals as of noon included 9.5 inches recorded at Murdock in Swift County.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners reluctantly decided Tuesday to sell solid waste bonds on the open market, after bids by local banks to finance the bonds proved to be a more expensive option. “We tried to keep it local,” said Commissioner Jim Butterfield, chairman of the board. But after learning that doing so would cost nearly $28,000 more over the life of the bonds, it was in the best interest of the county and taxpayers to take the sale to the open market, he said. The $1.8 million worth of bonds will be used to pay for a new state-of-the-art leachate collection syst
WILLMAR — Local patients seeking care are hearing a new screening question these days: Have you or someone you know traveled within the last 21 days to a West African country affected by Ebola? Ambulance services across the region are reviewing their stock of personal protective equipment and how to use it correctly. Training is taking place to help ensure health care workers, from doctors and nurses to the housekeeping staff, are ready to address a potential Ebola case. Health and emergency preparedness officials say the virus has little likelihood right now of showing up in rural Minnesot
WILLMAR — Rice Care Center is preparing to say farewell to more than four years of continuous construction and hello to a facility redesigned to meet growing regional demand for high-quality services for older adults. The doors will be opened to the public from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a grand reopening reception and open house. Pam Adam, administrator, is eager to show the community just how unlike the negative stereotypes a nursing home can be. “We got the vision that we were looking for but you need to see it and feel it to understand the awesomeness,” she said.
WILLMAR — When hospitals undertake a project to improve patient care, how do they know they’re actually making a difference? Rice Memorial Hospital harnessed the data to take an in-depth look this past year at the care of patients diagnosed with pneumonia and how it stacked up on measures of cost and quality. The multidisciplinary team in charge of the project found the hospital’s efforts indeed were paying off.
WILLMAR — Workplace wellness programs are getting results — healthier workers and lower health care costs, say local employers with firsthand experience. When Duininck Inc.
WILLMAR — Finding qualified workers is a top concern for local business owners, according to a recent survey by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. They see labor skill gaps, and many are finding it difficult to attract workers at a competitive cost. Overall, however, eight out of 10 saw Kandiyohi County as a good place to do business, and a majority said they plan to expand, build or add a new product or service within the next three years. The survey represents a snapshot of what the county’s business owners are thinking, said Connie Schmoll, business
WILLMAR — State health officials say the chance of an outbreak in Minnesota of the Ebola virus is extremely low. But Willmar health providers are ramped up to respond, just in case. “We are prepared,” said Wendy Ulferts, chief nursing officer at Rice Memorial Hospital. “We’re putting processes in place.” From emergency rooms to urgent care clinics, providers across the state are planning for the possibility of Ebola.
WILLMAR — A packed house is expected this coming week when a nationally recognized speaker visits Willmar to talk about a serious and urgent topic: caring for the rising number of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. Speaker Teepa Snow will give a community presentation at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Willmar Evangelical Free Church.