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WILLMAR — Groundbreaking for a $21 million expansion of the Bethesda Health and Housing Pleasant View campus is still a couple of months away, but Bethesda is already beginning to talk publicly about the project and enlisting community support. In a sneak preview Thursday morning for local business leaders, Bethesda unveiled plans for the campus enhancements and asked for backing as the project goes forward. “We need your help,” said Larry Knutson, chairman of the Bethesda board of directors.
WILLMAR — With a unanimous vote, the joint powers board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has appointed Art Benson and Linda Kacher to the operating board. The vote on Wednesday filled two of three vacancies on the board and brought an end to several weeks of controversy over Kacher’s nomination by the Willmar City Council. Board members said it was time to reach an agreement so that the EDC’s joint operating board could go forward with the business of economic development. “I think we need to move ahead,” said Harlan Madsen, a Kandiyohi County Comm
WILLMAR — With a unanimous vote, the joint powers board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has appointed Art Benson and Linda Kacher to the operating board. The vote on Wednesday filled two of three vacancies on the board and brought an end to several weeks of controversy over Kacher’s nomination by the Willmar City Council. Board members said it was time to reach an agreement so the EDC’s joint operating board could go forward with the business of economic development.
WILLMAR — While reviewing a patient’s chart before admission for surgery, Nita Tieszen saw a blank space where information about the patient’s blood type should have been. Tieszen, a registered nurse and admission coordinator at Rice Memorial Hospital, knew the patient’s surgeon always ordered this particular test, so she picked up the phone and clarified it with the doctor to make sure the test was done. It was a lucky thing she did, because the patient began bleeding severely during surgery and ended up needing blood transfusions. For her actions, Tieszen was honored Monday with the Minne
WILLMAR — The need for Rice trust funds to help pay the bill for needy patients at Rice Memorial Hospital continues to outpace the money available. According to an annual report presented this month to the hospital board’s finance committee, the Rice trust awarded $53,000 in grants last year that benefited 181 patients who could not otherwise have paid for their care. But for every grant that’s given, there are many more people turned away for lack of enough Rice trust money to meet the demand. “You have plenty of people who need this,” said Carol Hruby, vice president of Bremer Investment
SUNBURG — Sunburg doesn’t have a water tower visibly announcing the town’s name. There’s no sign on Kandiyohi County Highway 7 as the road enters the south end of town. And after a storm last summer destroyed the remaining “Welcome to Sunburg” sign at Highway 7 and Minnesota Highway 9, there’s been no sign on the north end of town either. But this is about to change.
WILLMAR — More than 40 purses, from casual totes to designer handbags, will be auctioned off this weekend when the United Way of West Central Minnesota holds its annual “Power of the Purse” fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit Empower, the United Way women’s philanthropy program, and its efforts to promote kindergarten readiness among children in Kandiyohi County. The event will be held Saturday at the Life Center Auditorium on the MinnWest Technology Campus. It starts at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction.
WILLMAR — Three registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital were honored this past week for making a difference in the lives of their patients. Monica Rohner, Jeannine Dahl and Karen Janssen were chosen by a panel of judges for exemplifying the skills and compassion that nurses bring to patient care. Nominations for the annual award are made by patients and families. Rohner, the recipient of the first-place award, has been an obstetrics nurse in the Rice Hospital women’s and children’s unit since 2003.
WILLMAR — Nine sites have been identified as contenders for a new office location for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. A subcommittee is still evaluating the options, however, and isn’t ready yet to make any recommendations. “We’re still working on the numbers,” Jean Spaulding, assistant director of the EDC, told the joint operations board in an update given on Thursday. The lease at the current location, in Centre Place in downtown Willmar, expires later this year, creating an opening for the Economic Development Commission to consider locating some
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. Minutes later, the patient was fast asleep and lying on the operating table, undergoing surgery while the rest of the veterinary team watched. After all, it isn’t every day you get to see a five-pound capuchin monkey being neutered. “That was something I’d never seen before. Most of us just look at monkeys behind bars,” said Dr.