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WILLMAR -- Six local couples are donning ballroom finery and showing off their dance moves at an upcoming benefit for the Willmar Community Senior Network. Organizers have taken a cue from the "Dancing With the Stars" television show to raise money and awareness on behalf of the Senior Network, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization devoted to helping older adults remain in their homes. "Dancing With Our Stars," which also will include a silent auction, will be held March 24 at the Holiday Inn and Willmar Conference Center.
WILLMAR -- Local health organizations were handed an opportunity this week to redesign how they care for patients. What's envisioned is a complete realignment of how doctors and hospitals are paid, with rewards for making patients better and information technology to guide decision-making and ensure fewer patients fall through the cracks. It would be hard work but it's possible, Garrett Black of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota told a roomful of local hospital and clinic leaders Thursday night. "I think there's a way to get there but we need to hear from you," said Black, vice presid
How do you get a generation of healthy young adults to start paying attention to infectious diseases like influenza? Perhaps they're paying a little more attention than we realize. Researchers at the University of Michigan recently released a report on how American 30-somethings responded to the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009-10 and concluded they "did reasonably well in their first encounter with a major epidemic." The report is based on survey data collected during the H1N1 outbreak from about 3,000 individuals aged 36-39.
WILLMAR -- With one year down and four to go in a strategic five-year plan, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has notched up several accomplishments this past year. For starters, a series of grants and evening classes helped provide Internet skills for local businesses to increase their ability to reach customers online. A major $60 million-plus initiative to recycle biomass into anhydrous ammonia took major steps forward. And EDC staff has been working behind the scenes to promote the development of an emerging biotechnology sector in the local econom
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Community-Owned Grocery organizing board is hosting "Delectable Desserts," a sampling of healthful desserts by some of Willmar's best bakery chefs, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
If someone had told me seven or eight years ago that I would become a blogger, my reaction probably would have been "Huh?" Blogging wasn't really my scene -- and besides, what was there to blog about? Fast-forward to 2012. I've been writing the West Central Tribune's health blog, HealthBeat ( http://healthbeat.areavoices.com ), for three years, one month and 21 days.
Paula, Paula, Paula. By now, you're probably tired of all the fuss - the criticism of your calorie- and cholesterol-drenched cuisine, your recent revelation that you have type 2 diabetes, your new contract with Novo Nordisk to pitch one of their diabetes drugs. I'm not going to nag or get all judgmental on you.
A teenager from Montevideo was killed Friday evening, stabbed multiple times by a man with whom she worked at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Montevideo. Vinessa Lozano, 18, died at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital. Police said she suffered more than 30 knife wounds in the attack, which occurred in the parking lot outside the restaurant. The suspect, Darek Jon Nelson, 24, of Montevideo, is being held in jail in Granite Falls. He is expected to appear in court this week to face formal charges. Montevideo Police said they were called to the restaurant at around 8:45 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission hopes to increase its countywide presence by taking to the road this year. Members of the joint operations board decided Thursday to hold at least two of their meetings this year in towns outside Willmar, and to make this an annual practice. Doing so would allow the EDC to be more visible and invite more engagement with all the towns in Kandiyohi County, board members said Thursday.
It's a question many of us are routinely asked during a visit to the doctor: Do you smoke or use tobacco? Ideally, nothing less than the truth should suffice - but according to a newly released poll, about one in 10 people opt to conceal their smoking status from their health provider. The survey, which involved 3,146 American adults who were either current or former smokers and was conducted by Legacy, a national public health organization, offers some interesting insight into the evolving social attitudes surrounding tobacco use - namely, a stigma that seems to be making it harder for some