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WILLMAR — When someone on the pharmacy staff at Rice Memorial Hospital is verifying a physician order, making up an IV or engaged in some other critical task, a red stop sign taped to the counter sends a can’t-miss message to everyone: This person is involved in a no-talk task and shouldn’t be interrupted. It’s one of many steps the hospital pharmacy has taken to increase patient safety and reduce the possibility of error. “It’s reminding each other that there are lives at st ake.
WILLMAR — A local Alzheimer’s disease coalition has set its sights on increasing the number of support groups for caregivers of older adults with dementia, along with developing a cadre of trained community educators to help spread awareness of Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia. Implementation will start this fall. It’s hoped that the two projects will help set Willmar and Kandiyohi County on the path toward becoming a dementia-capable community. “It’s a matter of working together as a team,” said Andrea Carruthers, coordinator of the ACT on Alzheimer’s group that is part of a state
WILLMAR — An ongoing investigation by the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force resulted in the arrest of 21 suspects Wednesday on felony controlled substance sales crimes. The task force...
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that attempts are underway to locate a 44-year-old mother suspected of taking her son in violation of a court order. Amy Lorraine Winterfeldt of New London, also known as Amy Gomm, was supposed to have returned her son, age 4, to his father in Appleton, Wis., on Saturday but failed to show up, the Sheriff’s Office said.
WILLMAR — Citing insufficient probable cause, the attorney for a 19-year-old Willmar man accused of stabbing his grandmother last month has asked the court to dismiss all charges. Ex-Savor Cruz made an initial appearance Monday in Eighth District Court, where an omnibus hearing for the presentation of evidentiary issues was scheduled for Aug. 6. His attorney, Ramona Lackore, last week filed the motion for dismissal.
RAYMOND — The three Jack Russell terriers strained at their leashes as they waited their turn Sunday afternoon to run the lure course at the Buckingham Blitz. At the signal, Mistral, the first dog to run the course, was off like a shot, chasing a mechanized lure that led her down the grassy field, around the turn at the far end and back to her waiting owner, all in little more than 15 seconds. Other Jack Russells strutted their stuff in the show ring, uncovered prey in the scent-and-locate arena, barked, hung out with their owners or snoozed in the shade. About 130 terriers and their owners
WILLMAR — A new form of rodent poison, aimed at reducing the health risk to children, pets and wildlife, is appearing on store shelves nationwide and locally. But worries are mounting among veterinarians about the unintended consequences.
WILLMAR — Although there are still areas of disagreement, the joint boards of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission have mostly reached a consensus on a proposed budget for 2015. The budget calls for levying $465,000 in property taxes and spending just under $544,000 next year on economic development programs and activities countywide. Members of the joint powers board and joint operations board hashed out the details during a half-day planning session Tuesday morning devoted to the 2015 budget for the EDC.
WILLMAR — The familiar canopy at the front entrance to the Rice Care Center is gone and the parking area turned into a field of gravel. The changes are among the outward signs that the final phase is underway of a project to upgrade the aging long-term care facility and create a new short-stay unit. By the time construction is completed at the end of this year, four years and $11 million will have been invested in positioning the Rice Care Center as a key contender in the growing market for services for older adults. “Rice wants to be the leader in the regional health care market,” said Bil
WILLMAR — A Willmar physician is undertaking research on a new form of radiation-tagged therapy for treating prostate cancer. Dr. Tod Speer, the radiation oncologist at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center, is a co-principal investigator for the project, which was recently funded with a $50,000 grant from the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. It’s a unique attempt to harness a specific form of radiation that can be used to target prostate cancer cells — and if it’s successful, it might someday be used on other cancers as well, Speer said.