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WILLMAR — The parents of 16-year-old Devon Jenkins sought Monday to have him released to their custody, saying he would be under close adult supervision and attend all scheduled court appearances. Eighth District Judge Michael Thompson denied the request, however, and ordered the youth to remain in detention at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs.
WILLMAR — As heated discussion continues on the budgeting process for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, members of the EDC operating board decided Thursday to hold a session in September focusing entirely on the 2014 budget. The board is in agreement on one key point: The property tax levy for the Economic Development Commission will remain unchanged next year at $455,000, the fourth year the EDC has held the line on property taxes.
LAKE LILLIAN - A recommendation to hold the line on the property tax levy next year for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission was upheld Thursday by the EDC governing board. Members of the joint powers board voted to keep the tax levy at $455,000 for 2014, making it the fourth year in a row the Economic Development Commission has held its levy request at the same level.
LAKE LILLIAN - Lake Lillian representatives had a request Thursday for the joint powers board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission: Help us develop a recreational trail. "Any new trails in the area would add to the recreational appeal," Susan Jungclaus, city clerk, told the board.
Minnesota’s first human case this season of West Nile virus was reported Thursday. State health officials said the man, from Murray County, became ill with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering. Health officials are urging Minnesotans to protect themselves from mosquitoes by routinely using repellents and taking other precautions against mosquito bites. This time of year is a high-risk season for West Nile virus, said David Neitzel, a state Health Department epidemiologist specializing in diseases carried by mosquitoes.
WILLMAR - When Bob Kill takes a tour of a manufacturing facility, what he usually encounters is an environment that's clean, well-lit and often equipped with the latest in robotic and megatronic technology. So why does manufacturing still struggle with stereotypes out of a Charles Dickens novel? wonders Kill, the executive director of Enterprise Minnesota. Perhaps it's because most people know too little about 21st-century manufacturing.
NEW LONDON - As a small crowd looked on, the new memorial park in New London was officially dedicated Saturday morning. The park's five granite slabs commemorate local history and the service of past, present and future military veterans. Organizers hope the park, on Main Street perched above the Crow River dam, will become a place for New London residents and visitors alike to connect with the town's roots and its record of service. "It's a nice addition to our town," said New London Mayor Bill Gossman.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital leaders asked themselves last year: What will happen when health care reimbursement tightens further and commercial insurers potentially reduce their payments to a level similar to Medicare? To begin answering the question, they developed a model that predicts the financial impact. It will be significant -- as much as $19 million to $20 million, based on the city-owned hospital's revenue and expenses for 2011.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota's manufacturers are tempering their outlook this year, expressing confidence in the future but less optimism about the economy and their own ability to increase their revenue. The findings are contained in a new statewide survey, the fifth annual "State of Manufacturing" report commissioned by Enterprise Minnesota to gauge what the state's manufacturers are saying about the economy, public policy, workforce recruitment and more.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Care Center announced Tuesday that it has postponed closing the facility until a later date. Deseret Health Group of Utah, the owner of the 52-bed skilled nursing facility, made the announcement last week that it will close the Willmar Care Center on Aug. 31 and transition the residents to other nursing homes of their choice. Deseret did not set a new date for when the facility will close. Officials said the postponement will allow more time for the transition to take place.