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WILLMAR — Pillows — lots of them — play a starring role in a new video by Rice Memorial Hospital about the hospital's efforts to reduce preventable readmissions. The message: For every night patients can spend at home in their own bed, it's one less night with a hospital pillow. For the past two years, Rice has been part of a Minnesota Hospital Association collaborative project known as RARE, or Reducing Avoidable Readmission Events, aimed at lowering the rate at which patients end up back in the hospital after going home.
WILLMAR — Minnesotans for the most part are satisfied with the patient experience at their medical clinic, but there's still room for improvement, according to a newly released statewide survey on patient satisfaction.
WILLMAR — In a rare occurrence, the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar provided a temporary home this week to not one but two injured birds of prey, an eagle and an owl. Despite efforts to help them, however, both birds died Monday night at the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. The eagle was brought in Sunday night by citizens who spotted it struggling to fly and rescued it. The owl was delivered to the shelter Monday morning by a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy.
Ripe cucumbers are one of the staples right now at The Goodness, where they appear on the menu alongside fresh salad greens, vegetables, berries and more.
WILLMAR - The parents of 16-year-old Devon Jenkins sought Monday to have him released to their custody, saying he would be under close adult supervision and attend all scheduled court appearances. Eighth District Judge Michael Thompson denied the request, however, and ordered the youth to remain in detention at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs in Willmar.
WILLMAR — The parents of 16-year-old Devon Jenkins sought Monday to have him released to their custody, saying he would be under close adult supervision and attend all scheduled court appearances. Eighth District Judge Michael Thompson denied the request, however, and ordered the youth to remain in detention at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs.
WILLMAR — As heated discussion continues on the budgeting process for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, members of the EDC operating board decided Thursday to hold a session in September focusing entirely on the 2014 budget. The board is in agreement on one key point: The property tax levy for the Economic Development Commission will remain unchanged next year at $455,000, the fourth year the EDC has held the line on property taxes.
LAKE LILLIAN - A recommendation to hold the line on the property tax levy next year for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission was upheld Thursday by the EDC governing board. Members of the joint powers board voted to keep the tax levy at $455,000 for 2014, making it the fourth year in a row the Economic Development Commission has held its levy request at the same level.
LAKE LILLIAN - Lake Lillian representatives had a request Thursday for the joint powers board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission: Help us develop a recreational trail. "Any new trails in the area would add to the recreational appeal," Susan Jungclaus, city clerk, told the board.
Minnesota’s first human case this season of West Nile virus was reported Thursday. State health officials said the man, from Murray County, became ill with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering. Health officials are urging Minnesotans to protect themselves from mosquitoes by routinely using repellents and taking other precautions against mosquito bites. This time of year is a high-risk season for West Nile virus, said David Neitzel, a state Health Department epidemiologist specializing in diseases carried by mosquitoes.