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WILLMAR — It’s not too late to get vaccinated against influenza for the season, but with sporadic cases of flu beginning to show up, local health officials advise people not to procrastinate much longer. “It’s time,” said Stacey Zondervan, assistant administrator at Family Practice Medical Center. The Minnesota Department of Health has already confirmed some influenza cases across the state this fall. Although flu activity remains low, the state Health Department reported three hospitalizations for influenza-like illness during the week ending Oct.
OLIVIA — Flags on public property in Olivia will be flown at half-staff today and Friday in honor of former mayor Mary Page, who died Monday at age 78. The order was issued by Mayor Suzanne Hilgert after consultation with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s office. “Our community has suffered a great loss with the passing of Mary Page,” Hilgert said in a statement. “She served our area with honor and distinction. She gave freely of her talents and time to help those around her. Mary will be greatly missed.”
MARSHALL — Affiliated Community Medical Center broke ground on a planned new ambulatory surgery center in Marshall on Monday, part of an effort to provide cost-effective outpatient surgical services for area residents. A group of clinic administrators and providers gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new center.
WILLMAR — Nearly nine out of 10 parents who participated in a survey by the Kandiyohi County Drug-Free Communities Coalition believe it’s risky for underage youths to consume alcohol, use tobacco, use marijuana or misuse prescription drugs. The survey also showed strong support for public policy measures such as tobacco-free parks, beaches and multi-unit housing. The findings will help set the agenda for the Drug-Free Communities Coalition as it develops its priorities for the coming year, said Laura Daak, coordinator of the coalition. Just under 750 Kandiyohi County adults responded to the
WILLMAR — As the board members of Minnesota’s new health insurance exchange prepared for its launch on Oct. 1, one of the questions on their minds was: If we create it, will people come? By late last week, they had an answer.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is joining a multistate network to raise the county’s exposure to high-growth companies seeking to locate in the rural Midwest. The EDC’s one-year membership in Community Venture Network was approved Thursday. The $4,250 cost will be split with the MinnWest Technology Campus, which is also joining the network. “This is something that is new for us,” said Jean Spaulding, assistant director of the Economic Development Commission.
WILLMAR — A piece of history chugged into town Saturday with a visit by the Milwaukee Road No. 261, a steam locomotive restored to the heyday of the steam-powered train. Spectators waited in a cold rain Saturday morning for a sight of the train, which was carrying more than 300 passengers on a 186-mile round trip excursion from Minneapolis to Willmar and back. Trailing a plume of steam and smoke, the engine was visible from a long way off as it neared its destination.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is expected to take formal action next week to appoint Shane Baker as Kandiyohi County attorney. The board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is taking steps to fill its agriculture and renewable energy specialist position. The full-time position became vacant with the recent resignation of Leroy Petersen. Petersen had been with the EDC since February. Steve Renquist, executive director of the Economic Development Commission, said he wants to fill the position by the beginning of January.
WILLMAR — A piece of railroad history is chugging into town Saturday with a visit by the Milwaukee Road No. 261 steam engine. Willmar is the train’s last stop during a day-long excursion that starts Saturday morning in Minneapolis. The train will use the former Great Northern Railway line, now part of BNSF Railway, on its 186-mile round trip to Willmar and back. It will arrive at the Willmar depot around noon Saturday and will be there for about two hours, said Judy Sandberg, one of the organizers of the excursion.