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The turkey burgers were on the grill. The cameras were ready to roll. In case the crowd wasn't large enough, Jennie-O Turkey Store had hired some actors to help film its new television ad, set outside a California taco shop and touting the taste of lower-calorie, lower-fat burgers made with ground turkey. As it turned out, the best lines -- and the ones that ultimately made it into the ad -- didn't come from the actors.
1 peanuts are the company's No. 1 item 6 million pounds of in-shell peanuts roasted each year for distribution 40 semi-tractor tankers of almond bark sold during October through December 1.6 million pounds of candy coating 50 varieties of candy packaged under the Gurley's label 71 local employees
The plant manager at Gurley's Foods came back from a recent trip to North Carolina with a story for his boss, Tom Taunton. The employee was on the road and needed to make a pit stop for water and refreshments, Taunton recalled. "He walked into a convenience store and there was an eight-foot section of Gurley's candy and nuts and trail mix." From the two Gurley's plants in Willmar, millions of pounds of nuts and candy make their way each year to stores and tables across the United States. The company no longer makes the cookies that were one of its mainstays when it opened in 1953.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital had the best financial performance in 2011 in at least five years, earning a 6 percent overall return on total revenue of more than $100 million. That translates into a $6 million profit that can be plowed back into services, improvements and new initiatives. It's also a cushion against more difficult times, which might not be far away.
Dry, windy conditions helped fuel a large grass fire southeast of Sunburg Friday afternoon that charred 160 to 200 acres. The fire broke out shortly before noon in a farm field along 210th Avenue west of Norway Lake. Mike Gjerde, Sunburg fire chief, said the cause wasn't entirely clear but that it was likely sparked by tractor exhaust while the landowner was tilling a field of last year's cornstalks. The blaze spread rapidly, Gjerde said. "It didn't take long to grow from 10 acres to 100 acres in a matter of 10-15 minutes... It was moving.
The newly launched chronic disease self-management program will be offered for six weeks this spring, starting April 12. It is for anyone age 21 and older who has been diagnosed with a chronic disease and wants to learn skills in managing and living well with their condition. Sessions will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the heritage room at Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave. S.W., Willmar. For more information or to register, call Connie Feig at 320-974-8737. Funding is provided through the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging as part of a grant from the Administration on Aging.
WILLMAR -- A young woman involved in a string of smash-and-grab jewelry store robberies in the area last fall pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court to one count of burglary in the third degree stemming from a break-in at Setterberg Jewelers in Willmar. In exchange, an additional charge of criminal damage to property in the third degree was dismissed against Allison Roschild, 18, of Renville. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 1.
WILLMAR -- Organizers of a local education program on chronic disease self-management hope it will help teach new skills to individuals learning how to live long-term with a chronic condition. The evidence-based program, consisting of six weekly classes, is being introduced in Willmar next week. Whether it's arthritis, diabetes or heart disease, individuals with a chronic condition need to learn how to live with it as well as possible, said Connie Feig of the Atwater Area Living at Home Block Nurse Program. "The disease is just a part of living a full life.
WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old who absconded in February from the Prairie Lakes juvenile detention facility, where he was serving time for a crime spree last year that included arson, burglary and theft, was ordered Wednesday to the Kandiyohi County Jail. Andrew Charles Wyman will be held in jail pending a hearing April 23 on whether to revoke the terms of his probation. A warrant had been out for the youth's arrest after he and his roommate disappeared the night of Feb. 19 from the non-secure unit at Prairie Lakes.
An early spring has led to an early start to the tick-borne disease season, Minnesota Department of Health officials said Wednesday. They are urging the public to start taking precautions from ticks and the diseases they can carry. Black-legged ticks, or deer ticks, have already begun feeding in forested areas of the state, officials said.