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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 -- Expect to see a strong presence in St.
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.
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 - When Dr.
WILLMAR -- First Willmar had one CT scanner. Then there were two.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital ended another year in the black, according to preliminary financial figures for 2009. The city-owned hospital and its associated entities, the Rice Care Center and Rice Home Medical, earned a combined return of just under 1 percent on $92.6 million in net operating expenses. That translates into a profit of $684,000 for the year. The official audit of the hospital's finances for 2009 will start on Monday.
WILLMAR -- On a 5-1 vote, the governing board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission hired a lobbyist Thursday to help secure legislative funding this year for a veterans home in Willmar. The board's pick: former state senator Dean Elton Johnson of Willmar and his lobbying firm, Bringing People Together. "If the community is behind this, then we should gather all the strength we have and pursue this," said Willmar Mayor Les Heitke, who is one of three city representatives on the six-member EDC joint powers board. Heitke, Denis Anderson, Richard Falk, Har