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WILLMAR — Having a son has made Samantha feel needed — “something I have never felt before,” the young mother said. “I learned to love myself again watching how much my son adores me.” The tattoo on Haily’s shoulder reminds her every day of her devotion to her daughter. “She’s like this tattoo — she’s made a permanent mark on my life and who I am,” she said. Their stories are part of a PhotoVoice project organized by The Link, a local faith-based advocacy and resource network, to share the experiences of young mothers through photos and text.
WILLMAR — As administrator of Affiliated Community Medical Centers, there were days when Terry Tone literally had to roll up his sleeves — like the time floodwaters threatened to cause a sewer backup at ACMC in Granite Falls and he pitched in, tie and all, to help stack sandbags. Tone, 59, retires at the end of this year from ACMC’s top administrative position after 20 years with the organization. He’s leaving a regional multi-specialty health network that is one of the largest independently owned clinic systems in Minnesota, with 10 sites, 125 physicians and 1,200 employees.
WILLMAR — Leah Schueler grew up on the Iron Range, then moved to the Twin Cities where she spent almost a decade living and working in the inner city. Friends questioned her decision when she and her husband traded the city scene last year for a farm near Echo in rural southwestern Minnesota. But it’s where the couple wanted to put down roots, said Schueler, 29. And although it has taken time, they’re getting to know their neighbors and feeling like part of the community. “Once we get over the hurdle of building relationships, it’s easier,” she said. Amid headlines about rural brain drain
WILLMAR — A thank-you note probably would have been enough, but Deb Shriver wanted to do more to show her gratitude to the doctors at Affiliated Community Medical Centers who have cared for her and her family. So she commissioned a one-of-a-kind work of art. The watercolor by Renville artist Dona Larkin, depicting the ACMC clinic building in Willmar, was officially presented on Tuesday. The framed original will hang in the ACMC lobby. Limited-edition prints were given to one of Shriver’s longtime physicians, Dr. Glenn Buchanan, and to orthopedic surgeon Dr.
WILLMAR –– The challenges of rural access to dental care were outlined for Rep. Collin Peterson during a tour Tuesday morning of the Rice Regional Dental Clinic at Rice Memorial...
WILLMAR — Ground will be officially broken Thursday for a $21 million project to expand the Bethesda Health and Housing campus. Beds at the aging Bethesda Heritage facility are being replaced with new construction on the same site as Bethesda Pleasant View and the Bethesda Wellness Center. The project, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015, will unify the entire continuum of Bethesda services on one campus, said Michelle Haefner, CEO and president of Bethesda Health and Housing. But more than this, it will help address the needs of an aging population increasingly in search
WILLMAR — Going for a bicycle ride might be one of the last things that someone with Parkinson’s disease feels capable of doing. But there’s a sizable body of evidence that the activity could well improve their lives both physically and emotionally. To promote the “get out and ride” message, the National Parkinson Foundation of Minnesota is bringing the Pedal and Roll program to Willmar this week. Founder Liz Ogren of the Twin Cities, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s seven years ago at age 44, will give an educational talk, “Prospering with Parkinson’s,” at 6:30 p.m.
WILLMAR — Voters in Willmar’s Second Ward will choose between Ron Christianson and Steve Gardner this November in a closely watched contest for a seat on the Willmar City Council. Christianson, the incumbent, and Gardner, a former City Councilman seeking a comeback, won a three-way primary race Tuesday, placing them on the general election ballot Nov. 4. Unofficial totals put Christianson first, with 289 votes, or 40.9 percent of the total.
WILLMAR — In the waiting rooms at Affiliated Community Medical Centers, patients have their choice of chairs to sit in. Some chairs have arms, others don’t. Some chairs are elevated, making it easier to stand up. Need to have your blood pressure taken?
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.