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WILLMAR -- By next month, the operating board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission hopes to whittle down a long list of potential goals and identify priorities for the coming year. Board members reviewed the three-page list during a meeting this past week. Steve Renquist, executive director of the Economic Development Commission, called the list "not the final product but an interim." "Many of these are projects we should try and advance," he said. The Economic Development Commission is halfway through a five-year plan of action.
WILLMAR -- A vacant staff position will be filled for an agriculture and renewable energy specialist with Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The position will return to part time, however, and the office location that had been maintained on the MinnWest Technology Campus will be closed. This course of action was among the recommendations approved Thursday by the joint operations board of the Economic Development Commission. The operating board's recommendations will be forwarded to the EDC governing board for a decision later this month. The position open
Minnesota has recorded its first two cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza for the 2012-13 season since official monitoring for influenza began Oct. 1, state health officials said Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health Public Health Laboratory confirmed that a 25-year-old Olmsted County woman's illness was caused by the A (H3) strain of the virus and a 12-year old Hennepin County child's illness was caused by a B strain of the virus. The A (H3) strain was not swine-related.
WILLMAR -- A manufacturing showcase in Willmar a year ago was so successful at highlighting the local manufacturing industry and exposing students to potential careers that it's being repeated this year on Oct.
WILLMAR -- Families in crisis or living in poverty often don't have one of life's most basic mementoes -- the family portrait. Often they can't afford to have a family picture taken, or they've been forced to leave cherished photos behind, says Christie Kurth, director of the Willmar Area Food Shelf. Free photo sessions for these families will be among the dozens of resources available next week at Heartland Community Ac-tion Agency's Community Co-nnect event. "It's a great thing for families to be able to have," Kurth said of the photos.
WILLMAR -- Joe Gimse and Lyle Koenen have differing views about property tax relief and the future of the local government aid program to Minnesota cities, but on other issues the two legislators agreed more than they disagreed at an hour-long candidate forum Wednesday in Willmar. The forum, sponsored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and hosted by the city of Willmar, brought together the candidates for the Minnesota Senate in District 17 and the House in District 17A to talk about their platforms on taxes, state spending and economic development in greater Minnesota. In the newl
Offer fruit and vegetables on the school lunch menu and kids will be inspired to try them, like them and maybe even start eating them on a regular basis -- or so the theory goes. But a new study has found this isn't necessarily the case. Although bringing raspberries, asparagus, sweet potatoes and the like into the school cafeteria did seem to have an impact, the effect wasn't particularly strong, researchers learned after scrutinizing the food choices of more than 26,000 children. The study appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
WILLMAR -- A Kandiyohi County coalition focused on healthy teen sexuality is turning to the public this fall to help craft a community plan that fosters adolescent health. One of the main goals is to reduce the local incidence of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection that has soared to epidemic proportions in Minnesota in recent years. The first in a series of public meetings will be Monday.