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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.
WILLMAR -- Although influenza in Minnesota has yet to become widespread, cases have been on the uptick in the past couple of weeks. Affiliated Community Medical Centers, which does flu surveillance for the Minnesota Department of Health, had 19 confirmed cases of influenza during the third week in January, said Jo DeBruycker, manager of the Health Learning Center at ACMC. Most were type A influenza and occurred among patients both old and young, she said. "It's been all ages but mostly younger." The majority of cases were in people who hadn't gotten a flu shot, DeBruycker said. Flu activi
WILLMAR -- The large print on the front of the flier is hard to miss: "Important Medicare information; requires immediate response." On the form inside, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to check off the medical supplies they're using or might need in the future -- diabetes testing supplies, oxygen equipment, power wheelchairs -- and send in their name and phone number. It sounds official and urgent.
WILLMAR -- The governing board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission organized itself for the new year Thursday by electing officers. Harlan Madsen, a Kandiyohi County commissioner, will head the board in 2011.
WILLMAR -- An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness has led to visitor restrictions at the Rice Care Center. Several residents and staff have been sick in recent days with vomiting and diarrhea, prompting the long-term care facility to ask visitors to stay home, said Troy Barrick, administrator of the Rice Care Center in Willmar. "We're just encouraging visitors not to come if they don't have to.
An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness has prompted visitor restrictions at the Rice Care Center. Several residents and staff have been sick with vomiting and diarrhea from a gastrointestinal virus, said Troy Barrick, administrator of the Rice Care Center. "We're just encouraging visitors not to come if they don't have to. We don't want them to catch it," he said. The visitor restrictions will remain in effect at least through Thursday, Barrick said.
WILLMAR -- Registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital wore red T-shirts and held handmade signs in a show of solidarity Friday morning as mediation got under way between hospital management and the nurses' bargaining unit. After an intense day of negotiations, a tentative agreement was reached late Friday. The union will vote Feb.
WILLMAR -- Registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital wore red T-shirts and held handmade signs in a show of solidarity this morning as mediation got under way between hospital management and the nurses' bargaining unit. The 220 RNs represented by the local unit of the Minnesota Nurses Association have been working without a contract since the beginning of the year. At issue are concessions that have been proposed for the nurses' health insurance, paid time off and sick leave. The nurses said that if benefits are weakened, it may cause nurses to leave and make it harder for Rice Hospital t
WILLMAR -- It looks like a cushion but isn't. Embedded inside are dozens of tiny sensors that measure pressure from someone sitting. On the electronic display screen, Karyn Loos can see red and orange areas light up where higher pressure is exerted on a patient's hip and tailbone. The new technology is one of many tools Rice Memorial Hospital uses to prevent and reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers. "It's a very advanced tool," said Loos, an occupational therapist at Rice.