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WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital officials are keeping a close eye on legislative action that could decide the fate of General Assistance Medical Care and those patients who are covered by the program. The Minnesota Senate voted Thursday to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto to restore the publicly funded health care program for low-income single adults.
WILLMAR -- When someone arrives in Rice Memorial Hospital's emergency room with injuries from a highway crash, the whole staff is ready to act swiftly to evaluate, treat and stabilize the patient. The hospital's recent designation as a Level 3 trauma center takes this process up another notch by joining a new statewide trauma system that brings more cohesion to how injured patients are cared for. "It ensures that patients get prompt evaluation and transfer if necessary," said Dr. Scott Abrams, an emergency room physician.
WILLMAR -- The patient was sprawled half in, half out, of his hospital bed. A cigarette was clamped between his lips, inches away from his oxygen supply. On his food tray lay a bloody bandage.
WILLMAR -- Ann Stehn already had a fairly good idea of how Kandiyohi County stacks up when it comes to health. But a new set of county-by-county rankings helps further reinforce where the county is strong and where more work is needed, said Stehn, director of Kandiyohi County Public Health. "This is really a snapshot of how things are," she said. "This just re-emphasizes those things that are key for the health of the whole community." The county health rankings were made public Wednesday.
WILLMAR -- If your vehicle is still parked at the curb in the middle of a snowbank, you're running out of time. The Willmar Police Department is cracking down on car owners who haven't moved their vehicles since Monday's major snowstorm. "We've tagged 34 and hooked six so far," Willmar Police Chief Jim Kulset said Friday. City ordinances prohibit vehicles from being left curbside for more than 48 hours without being moved. The ordinance applies all year.
WILLMAR -- The letter being sent to U.S. Rep Collin Peterson comes right to the point: The immigration system has broken down, and a local grassroots coalition wants to start a public dialogue on how to reform immigration laws to make them not only more effective but more humane. Over the next two weeks, the Willmar Area Comprehensive Immigration Reform group hopes to collect dozens of signatures to bolster the group's request for a meeting this month with the 7th District congressman.
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WILLMAR -- Customers at Angels and Ivy in downtown New London might buy a smaller bouquet, or settle for a single rose instead of a dozen. But even in hard times, people still spend on romantic tokens for Valentine's Day. "They may be changing their options a little bit. You do have people that want to go with the more economical choice.
WILLMAR -- First Willmar had one CT scanner. Then there were two.