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Kristyn Osterhaus, 18, broke into a wide smile Tuesday as Pablo, a 4-year-old service dog, retrieved a set of car keys and dropped them in her lap.
WILLMAR -- A sex offender has pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in exchange for being sentenced according to state guidelines. The plea agreement with Timothy George Powers Jr., 25, of Paynesville was filed Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for March 31. Under the agreement, Powers likely will face 70 months, or just under six years, in prison. He was accused of having nonconsensual sex with a teenaged girl while they were together in a tent at a family gathering.
WILLMAR -- The patient was anesthetized, limbs lolling as Erin Richards and Lindsay Liles carried her to the back of the RV and hoisted her onto the surgery table. Dr.
WILLMAR -- With 200-plus laboratory specimens for Rice Memorial Hospital's courier service to pick up each day from outlying hospitals, there inevitably were times when a tissue sample or vial of blood got mislaid. But after introducing a software system last year to electronically keep track of everything being picked up and dropped off, the number of lost samples went down to zero. "The No.
WILLMAR -- A blizzard warning will remain in effect for southern and western Minnesota until noon today. The National Weather Service said 5 to 8 inches of snow fell in just a few hours Sunday in south central Minnesota, including the cities of Owatonna, Albert Lea, Mankato and New Ulm.
WILLMAR -- Well, the balmy weather last week was nice while it lasted. Winter reasserted itself Sunday with a major winter storm that brought heavy snow and white-out conditions to a large swath of central and southwestern Minnesota. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning that remains in effect until noon today for counties in west central Minnesota, including Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine. A winter storm warning also is in effect until noon across the rest of central and southern Minnesota, from Worthington to the
Primary care doctors are increasingly frustrated and un-happy with burdensome paperwork, long hours and crushing educational lo-ans. If something could be done to improve physician satisfaction, would it help strengthen the fabric of primary care in Minnesota? The issue was one of several explored Wednesday at a meeting in Willmar to co-llect input on the state of primary care. Minnesota is one of 25 states awarded a planning grant last year from the U.S.
WILLMAR -- As recently as five years ago, Rice Memorial Hospital had an inpatient census averaging in the high 40s. Then the numbers started to drop: 46 ... 44 ... 38 ... 34. Dealing with the steady decline in inpatient numbers has been one of the city-owned hospital's biggest challenges these past few years. It has led to a leaner operation, with less staff and tighter internal efficiencies. But Rice still managed to post an overall profit in 2010, suggesting that many of the belt-tightening strategies are paying off.
WILLMAR -- Perspectives and personal experiences with racial equity, from economic development to the worlds of education and health care, will be collected at a gathering Thursday in Willmar. The information ultimately will make its way into a legislative report card and action agenda being compiled by the nonprofit Organizing Apprenticeship Project.
WILLMAR -- Three million dollars' worth of revenue notes is slated to be issued next month to finance the construction of a new short-term care wing at the Rice Care Center. A resolution asking the Willmar City Council to issue the notes was approved Wednesday night by the Rice Memorial Hospital board of directors. It's one of several formalities before the financing package can be completed, said Bill Fenske, chief financial officer at Rice Hospital. "Now we're in the process of approving all the resolutions," he said. The City Council already held a hearing Monday on the matter.