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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 -- Minnesota hospitals saw little change last year in the number of adverse events reported to the state Health Department. There were 305 "never" events that met the mandatory reporting threshold, according to an annual report being released today by the state Department of Health.
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.
WILLMAR -- Are you ready to become a loser? The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA is participating in a statewide "Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge" to encourage people to visit the gym, adopt healthful eating habits and lose weight. Registration to join the competition is open through Sunday. The challenge starts Monday and runs through April 15. Dean Madsen, health and wellness director at the Y, is seeing a good response. "There's quite a bit of interest," he said.
WILLMAR -- Saying that zoning policies should support and not hamstring local farmers, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will ask the Kandiyohi County Board to revise its ordinance on allowing multi-unit housing on farm sites. "There is a need," said Kim Larson, a dairy farmer and member of the EDC's agribusiness and renewable energy committee. The EDC's action is at the instigation of the ag committee, which has been studying the issue for the past two years. The proposal from the committee: Establish a conditional use permit process for farm operator