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WILLMAR — A plea agreement has been reached for Robert Warwick, the 18-year-old facing two murder charges in connection with the death of his grandmother last year. Warwick’s attorney, Daniel Mohs, confirmed Thursday that a plea deal has been made. Mohs told the Tribune his client will plead guilty to one count of first-degree murder while committing a felony. An additional charge of premeditated first-degree murder will be dismissed.
WILLMAR — Over the next couple of years, Kandiyohi County will play host to a series of hackfests aimed at bringing the information technology crowd to town to mingle, swap ideas and gain exposure to what the community has to offer. The long-term payoff could be an increased ability to attract and retain this group of workers, according to the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, which is partnering with the Blandin Foundation to undertake the project. The initiative received the go-ahead recently from the EDC’s joint operating board. It will involve three e
WILLMAR — Support for caregivers of aging adults with dementia topped a list of priorities identified at a community forum earlier this month on Alzheimer’s disease and age-related dementia. Increased awareness and knowledge of dementia also was high on the list.
WILLMAR — A proposal to offer mileage reimbursement to the operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission sank Thursday on a failed vote. The issue was suggested by a Kandiyohi County Board member as an incentive to help attract volunteers willing to serve on the board. Historically, members of the joint operations board, who come from the public at large and are nominated by the city and the county, haven’t been paid for either their time or their mileage.
WILLMAR — If you watch reality shows about hoarding, Janet Yeats has advice for you: Turn off the TV because what you’re seeing is mostly entertainment, not real life. “There is a stereotype or stigma in our culture about people who hoard.
WILLMAR — Two recommendations are being made for the future location of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission office. In a show of hands Thursday by the EDC Joint Operations Board, the first choice was the former WindStream building on Highway 12 East, across the highway from the Best Western Plus (formerly Holiday Inn) of Willmar.
WILLMAR — Attracting and keeping qualified workers remains a persistent challenge for Minnesota manufacturers, and there are indications that the problem is spreading. Two-thirds of the manufacturing CEOs surveyed for Enterprise Minnesota’s annual “The State of Manufacturing” report said it’s difficult to recruit, and many have begun to list it as one of their key concerns. The sixth annual report is being shared around the state in a series of meetings that began in May. The most recent meeting was Friday in Litchfield.
WILLMAR — The small-group conversations got intense at a pair of local forums Wednesday on setting priorities for a community response to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age-related dementia. Service pro-viders spoke of being in frequent crisis mode, struggling to help families find the right care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Adult children described the difficulty of long-distance care-giving and balancing their own lives and careers with the needs of an aging parent with dementia.
WILLMAR — It’s the Year of the Cat this year at Hawk Creek Animal Shelter and staff are redoubling their efforts to increase cat adoptions. From reducing adoption fees to displaying the kittens front and center, different strategies are being tried in hopes of encouraging the public to choose a shelter cat as their new best friend. “If they choose a dog, that’s wonderful. An animal gets a home,” said Sharon Mace, executive director of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties.
WILLMAR — When members of the Willmar-area ACT on Alzheimer’s coalition conducted a community survey this past year, they uncovered a significant need for more education about dementia, for caregivers and health care professionals as well as the general public. They learned that the majority of local residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of age-related dementia are still living in their own home — and in many cases, living alone. They learned there’s still some stigma attached to dementia and that family caregivers don’t always have adequate support. They found that many famili