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Involvement by parents will be a key element in helping to make a new children's social and emotional screening process as effective as possible. The screening, which was introduced this summer on a pilot basis in ACMC's pediatrics department in Willmar, is being offered to all children who come in for their 18-month wellness visit. The project was launched as part of a two-year grant to the PACT 4 collaborative to help build the regional capacity for addressing ch-ildren's mental health. The screening is one component of the grant; providing training for child care providers is another. F
It has been a familiar, and unwanted, pattern: Pit bull arrives at animal shelter, pit bull gets adopted, pit bull ends up back at the shelter. The Hawk Creek Animal Shelter is banking on a new approach to help reduce this revolving-door cycle. With more intensive training before pit bulls are adopted, and more support and education for prospective owners, it's hoped the rate of long-term successful adoptions for these dogs will go up, said Glenda Anderson, a board member of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County. "We are seeing too many recycled pits," she said.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota women are moving forward in pay equality but progress is achingly slow, a new report issued by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota has found. Lee Roper-Batker, the foundation's president and chief executive, thinks the state might actually be moving backward in reducing and preventing violence against women. Women also continue to be underrepresented in corporate leadership and elected offices, and there's a persistent health gap for Minnesota's women of color and for rural women. Although some of the statistics are discouraging, they also represent a chance for local
WILLMAR -- Under the shelter at Miller Park, the conversation was lively Wednesday as the Willmar Area Comprehensive Immigration Reform coalition hosted a community picnic. People loaded up paper plates with pot-luck hot dogs, chips, baked beans and fresh fruit and sat visiting with each other at the picnic tables. The atmosphere was festive but the gathering also had a more serious purpose: to talk about immigration reform and galvanize the 60-some people at the picnic to take action. "Go home. Write a letter. Make phone calls," urged the Rev.
Marilyn Modica is looking forward to the comfort she and her dog will soon be bringing to patients in Rice Hospice. Buddy, a 6-year-old Peke-a-Poo, is a compassionate little dog who has "been really good" for his family, said Modica as she stroked his dark fur. "He's got some qualities in him I've seen that I really feel would benefit others," she said.
The recent rains haven't only watered your lawn. They've also helped hatch an annoying crop of mosquitoes, prompting the Willmar Public Works Department to launch another round of spraying this past week.It's the second time this summer already that the city has had to spray. "When you get that amount of rain and water standing, it brings out the mosquitoes," said Ron Gilbertson, public works superintendent for the city. A cool start to the season has meant fewer mosquitoes this June.
WILLMAR -- Voters in the Willmar School District will likely be asked again this fall to pass a measure for increased funding. A final decision on going ahead with the levy referendum will take place in July.
WILLMAR -- With a painful round of budget-cutting now complete, officials with Willmar Public Schools are voicing cautious optimism that the district won't face a similar situation this coming year. Much will depend on the unknowns, said Pam Harrington, director of business and finance. "There are so many changing variables," she said. Projections for 2010-11 indicate, however, that funding and enrollment will remain relatively flat. While it doesn't mean the district is safe from some more budget reductions in the months ahead, they may not be as severe as the $1.7 million worth of cutbac
WILLMAR -- A California company has developed a patented stem-cell technology for treating arthritis in dogs and horses, using stem cells derived from the animal's own fat tissue. Now Vet-Stem Inc. is looking to open a new laboratory and start marketing itself directly to American pet owners. "We just need money and gas in the tank," Dr.
WILLMAR -- Local economic development officials are hoping for a critical boost today to their efforts to launch an angel investors network in Kandiyohi County. The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is hosting a meeting this morning at the MinnWest Technology Campus to explain the concept and present information on the emerging possibilities in the biotechnology industry. Among the guest speakers is Steve Burrill, president and chief executive of Burrill and Co. and a leading venture capitalist in the U.S.