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WILLMAR — Six horses and nine dogs removed Wednesday night from a rural Meeker County home are now in the care of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker County. It’s hoped they can eventually be adopted to new permanent homes, said Bobbie Bauman, director of operations at the Humane Society’s Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. The animals were surrendered by their owner after complaints of alleged neglect. The horses are currently at a foster farm, where they’re being fed to regain weight, Bauman said.
SUNBURG — Hoping to harness the forces of a changing economy, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will seek a $100,000 federal grant promoting entrepreneurship. Members of the EDC joint operating board voted Thursday to apply for the rural development grant from the U.S.
WILLMAR -- Leaders at Rice Memorial Hospital are looking for ways to tighten the hospital's cost structure, starting with an effort to pare expenses in each department by 2 percent in upcoming months. It's the beginning of a cost-centered initiative that will unfold over months and probably years, said Mike Schramm, Rice chief executive. "It's going to be a multi-year plan," he said. Plans for improving Rice's financial performance were outlined Thursday to the hospital board finance committee.
WILLMAR -- Pam Lehn and Scott Dyer talked it over and decided that when the time came, it would be Dyer who broke the news. On Feb. 3, Dyer blogged the words they waited months to write: This morning at 1 a.m., the nurse awakened Pam with the news we have been waiting for: a set of donor lungs was available for transplant. A long surgery and recovery lay ahead but it was the couple's best -- and only -- hope for keeping Lehn alive.
WILLMAR -- A plea agreement was reached Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court for a 38-year-old Willmar man charged with possessing child pornography downloaded from the Internet. Stephen Titrud pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of electronic pornography images and an amended count of possessing child pornography in violation of state statute. Sentencing is scheduled for July 8. As part of the plea agreement, the Kandiyohi County Attorney's Office said it will limit its sentencing request to the middle of the penalty range.
WILLMAR - Bids were awarded this past week for a $2.1 million renovation of the imaging department at Rice Memorial Hospital. The project, which will enlarge and enhance the space, has been under consideration "for multiple years," said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Hospital. Construction is scheduled to start in June.
WILLMAR - Nearly two years after opening a new short-term rehabilitation unit at the Rice Care Center, the demand for services is so strong that the facility's owner, Rice Memorial Hospital, is contemplating a $2 million addition to the unit. "Our utilization has outpaced our expectations," Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Memorial Hospital, told the hospital board of directors this week. A proposal to add more rooms, along with more therapy and gym space, was presented to the hospital board, which gave the go-ahead to start working on construction documents.
Two Minnesota infants have been sickened with salmonellosis linked to eating Krinos brand tahini sesame paste that has been recalled by the manufacturer, the Minnesota Department of Health announced today. State health and agriculture officials said consumers should not eat Krinos brand tahini from the affected lots and sizes listed below. The product should be discarded. The lid can be returned to Krinos for a refund.
WILLMAR -- Call it Match.com for cats. Hawk Creek Animal Shelter is launching the ASPCA's Meet Your Match program this month to engage the public and increase the adoption rate for shelter cats. Like finding the right marriage partner, the shelter's staff hopes it leads to a good match that helps ensure a long-term, successful relationship between human and feline.
WILLMAR -- One of the panes of glass in the 86-year-old skylight that lights the lobby of the old Lakeland Hotel building is broken and boarded over. But every other window is intact and the building's owner, Tom Amberg, hopes to find a replacement pane that matches the original as closely as possible. The same goes for the wallpaper, the classic woodwork and the building's brick exterior. "We want to try to keep it as original as we can," Amberg said. "There's tons of potential for this building."