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A soldier from New London was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan after his convoy came under fire. Army Pfc. Ryane Clark, 22, died when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the lead vehicle in which he was a passenger, his father, Rick Clark, said Tuesday.
A pair of events in Willmar this month will focus on Alzheimer's disease and related dementia disorders and how caregivers and the community can best care for this population. Richard Taylor, a retired psychologist and author, will speak at Vinje Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Taylor was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58. Now 66, he frequently writes and lectures on the need to recognize the humanity behind the disease. Taylor is leading a staff training at Lakeview Ranch in Dassel earlier in the day.
When her father developed dementia two years ago at age 68, Julie Rice thought she was prepared to handle it. She helped her parents move out of their house and into a more manageable apartment. She researched all the local services. But when her father reached the point of needing more care, things began to unravel. Moving into a memory care unit in July left him disoriented and uncooperative.
WILLMAR -- It's raining cats and kittens at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. The shelter issued an appeal to the public this week to help by either adopting a cat or making a financial donation to sponsor a cat. "We are just so bombarded," said Bobbie Bauman, operations director at the animal shelter. "It's nationwide. A lot of shelters are struggling." At last count, more than 40 felines, mostly kittens, were waiting at the shelter for someone to adopt them.
When the woman rushed frantically down her driveway, crying that her husband was pinned beneath his car, Keith Friesen didn't have to think twice. He gave his cell phone to his wife and told her to call 911. Then he ran across the street to where the man was trapped under a vehicle that had fallen off a jack. Friesen lifted the front end of the car long enough for the man to crawl out. "I just responded," he recalled Monday. For his lifesaving actions on Aug.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Health has identified a cluster of influenza cases in a long-term care facility in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. State health officials said today that it's unclear whether this cluster represents sporadic influenza activity that can occur outside the usual influenza season or whether it signals the start of the influenza season in Minnesota. They said, however, that it's a reminder that flu season is just around the corner and it's not too early to get vaccinated.
WILLMAR -- When Sen.
WILLMAR -- When organizers with the Women's Fund of the Willmar Area Community Foundation were looking at how to allot grant money this past year, one program that caught their attention was Kitchen Kamp, an initiative by the Heartland Community Action Agency to help teenaged mothers gain basic knowledge about nutrition and budgeting. The Women's Fund ended up awarding a grant to the program.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will continue pursuing leads to bring new businesses into Kandiyohi County. But look for a slight shift that puts greater emphasis on supporting and strengthening the businesses that are already here. "I feel that our trend in the next five years is our best opportunities or best bets are going to come from local business," said Duane Hultgren, chairman of the EDC's joint operations board. Members of the operating board met Thursday to talk about the agency's five-year plan.
WILLMAR -- An increase in the number of surgeries helped Rice Memorial Hospital end the month of July with a profit, as well as reduce some of the net losses the city-owned hospital has been accumulating since the beginning of the year. Final figures for August won't be ready until next week, but it appears that August was another financially strong month, said Bill Fenske, chief financial officer at Rice. "We're optimistic," he said Wednesday. The hospital's financial performance was reviewed Wednesday by the board of directors. One of the brightest spots in the report: the hospital's sur