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WILLMAR — For a low-income neighborhood in Queens, New York City, placemaking resulted in lively retail development that included the addition of a restaurant and art gallery. On the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, it involved movable outdoor chairs, a pingpong table and bocce ball court. How to translate the concept of placemaking to rural Minnesota was explored at a recent day-long seminar for community developers, hosted in Willmar by Minnesota Main Street and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Part art and part science, successful placemaking can be elusive but most people r
WILLMAR — The Willmar Community-Owned Grocery will make a site announcement next week. The formal announcement by the board of directors will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday at 1600 E. Highway 12.
WILLMAR — Influenza activity is waning, but Minnesotans are still being hospitalized with flu and two school districts reported flu outbreaks during the last week of March.
WILLMAR — Influenza activity is waning, but Minnesotans are still being hospitalized with flu and two school districts reported flu outbreaks during the last week of March. “It is still out there,” Karen Martin, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health, said Friday. Although influenza usually peaks during the winter, it’s common to see it linger well into spring, Martin said.
WILLMAR — When members of the regional CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force give public presentations, they hear from many parents who have no idea what street drugs and drug paraphernalia look like. So a show-and-tell at a town hall meeting Monday night got the audience off its feet for an up-close look at confiscated samples of synthetic marijuana known as K2, an eight-ball of cocaine and pipes for “hot-railing” methamphetamine. When it comes to preventing chemical use, knowledge is power, Tony Cruze and Don Schmidt told the group. “Nobody wakes up in the morning saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to sla
WILLMAR — Documents were signed this week to finalize a partnership enabling the development of local food-focused businesses at a site in downtown Willmar. The agreement between the Willmar Design Center and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota will allow for the purchase and rehabilitation of the building known as the Barn Shed, located at 313 Fourth St. S.W. According to a news release, plans call for turning the space into a center for businesses focused on local food.
SPICER — Ron and Kim Wothe, owners of Glacial Ridge Winery of Spicer, have been named the Minnesota Encore Entrepreneurs of the Year by the U.S.
WILLMAR — An information meeting hosted next week by the Kandiyohi County Drug-Free Communities Coalition will give parents and the rest of the public a chance to hear facts and statistics about underage alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use. The town hall meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
WILLMAR — If you live in Kandiyohi County, you’re in the top tier of Minnesota counties when it comes to quality of medical care and overall quality of life. But Meeker County, just next door, has one of the region’s best high school graduation rates, while Swift County has the lowest rate of violent crime and injury-related deaths. New health rankings show how counties stack up when it comes to the many factors that shape overall health, from socioeconomics to the physical environment. The rankings, released Wednesday, are meant to give communities a starting point for talking about what t
WILLMAR — A newly formed joint venture between Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers to strengthen local orthopedic surgery services is off to a strong start. A locum tenens surgeon arrived at the beginning of March and is performing surgeries as well as filling some of the gaps in the on-call schedule, officials with Rice and ACMC said this week. “He has a very wide repertoire of cases he can do.