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WILLMAR — When the patient arrived with his caretaker at the outdoor clinic in rural Honduras, a team of volunteer veterinarians was waiting. Careful hands removed him from his pet carrier. His caretaker cradled him while anesthesia was injected into his leg.
WILLMAR — The journey through age-related dementia is different for everyone, but Renita Thonvold and Mary Laib see one thing in common: Almost everyone benefits from gaining practical tools and information. “It’s very difficult to do a job if we don’t have the tools or the skills,” said Thonvold. Providing people with help to navigate their way through memory loss is the goal of a pair of workshops this coming Tuesday in Olivia and Willmar. The Renville County Dementia Awareness Network will host an afternoon session at 1 p.m.
WILLMAR — Almost five months into the year, appointments to the joint operating board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission remain incomplete, and the wait got a little bit longer with a failed vote Thursday to appoint the sole nominee so far. On a 3-3 vote, the EDC’s joint powers board deadlocked on whether to approve the appointment of Linda Kacher. The split left the board short of the necessary four votes for the appointment to succeed — and it left the seven-member joint operating board still short three members. Board members who voted in favor of
WILLMAR — Up to 2,000 people are expected to attend the 15th annual Life Connections Friday at the Willmar Civic Center. The all-day event, held by the West Central Tribune and participating sponsors, targets adults 50 and up with activities ranging from educational seminars to polka-dancing and bingo. The doors at the Civic Center open at 8 a.m. Exhibits are open until 2 p.m.
WILLMAR — For months, users of the Willmar City Auditorium have been waiting for a raft of environmental issues to be resolved so that full access to the historic building can be restored. The end may be in sight after the Willmar City Council voted unanimously Monday night to seek bids for abatement, while simultaneously taking the project back to the council’s Finance Committee to work out the funding details. The work involves cleaning and replacing the air handling system and abating lead contamination from the auditorium’s indoor rifle and pistol firing range, followed by restoration of
WILLMAR — Strategic planning for the future of Willmar’s park system moved a step forward Monday night with approval by the City Council to accept the first phase of the plan and seek proposals to carry out the second phase. “I think this will be money that will be well-spent for the future,” Steve Brisendine, director of Willmar Community Education and Recreation, told the council. The second phase involves hiring a landscape architect to create a more detailed plan. A committee has been working for the past six months to develop a plan that can become a road map for city park development
WILLMAR — Registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital made a show of solidarity Wednesday, showing up at a meeting of the hospital board of directors to give a statement about the progress of their union contract talks. But the 20 nurses, most of them wearing red Minnesota Nurses Association T-shirts, did not get a chance to speak.
WILLMAR — New requirements for how public entities must report net liabilities for defined-benefit pension plans could have a big impact on local government. Rice Memorial Hospital had a foretaste last week of the pending changes, and the hospital’s auditors said the impact will be widespread. “This will affect every government entity,” said Dan Vandenberghe of McGladrey LLP, the financial firm that recently conducted the hospital’s annual audit. Bill Fenske, chief financial officer of Rice Hospital, called it “a big issue that’s out there.” “As auditors start rolling this out, it’s going
The death of her firstborn child, Dominick, from sudden infant death syndrome left Becky Bruns with empty arms and a heart full of grief. “All of a sudden I went from being a parent to being a parent of a baby who was no longer here,” Bruns said.
WILLMAR — From the moment they’re placed in their cribs, babies born at Rice Memorial Hospital get a safe start in life with swaddling designed to help lessen their risk of sudden infant death syndrome. The new initiative, funded through a partnership with the Dominick Bruns Memorial Fund, provides sleep sacks that keep babies secure and reduce reliance on blankets that might pose a breathing hazard. Nurses in the women’s and children’s unit at Rice have been swaddling newborns in the sleep sacks since Jan. 1.