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WILLMAR -- By midafternoon Monday, the heat index in Willmar had soared to 100 degrees and Rob Baumgarn, Willmar Community Education and Recreation coordinator, was keeping a close watch on the thermometer. Any hotter, and he and his staff would have to start talking about whether to cancel community rec activities for the day. "We constantly are checking the heat index," Baumgarn said. "If it reaches 100 to 105, that's where we start contemplating about what we should do." A heat wave has had the region simmering since the weekend.
Reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling today on the Accountable Care Act has been swift to pour in.
WILLMAR -- Is the addition of more jobs the best strategy for Kandiyohi County to promote economic growth? Should there be more emphasis on creating jobs that pay well?
WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old from New London is facing a felony charge of receiving stolen property in connection with the recovery of a gold-plated chalice reported stolen in April from a local church. Darien Cole Frank made an initial appearance Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court on, where he was formally charged. Judge David Mennis set the bond for his release at $70,000. The chalice apparently went missing from Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer in late April.
WILLMAR -- Red Cross officials are urging eligible donors to give blood and help stave off a shortage developing this summer across the region. As of Friday, North Central Blood Services was 682 units short of its commitment to the hospitals it serves, said Dave Kelley, donor recruitment representative for central Minnesota. The blood bank, which normally has a 10-day supply on hand, had fallen to a two- or three-day cushion, he said. Compared to a year ago, blood donations in the region are down overall.
WILLMAR -- Saying it will help boost youth interest in technical careers, the operating board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission voted Thursday to help with the startup funding for a student robotics contest. The EDC's $5,000 contribution will support the local introduction of the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) competition, which combines the hands-on experience of building a robot with sports-like teamwork and judging. Local organizers say it's a way to get young people fired up about science, math and engineering -- and foster c
Three years after the doors closed for good at New London's grocery store, local officials haven't given up hope of bringing another small sup-ermarket to town. Within just the past few weeks, "we've had two different prospects," said Steve Renquist, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. "We're optimistic about a package being put together." New London Mayor Bill Gossman confirmed there's a promising deal in the works. "I think something will happen this summer," he said.