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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
Moving into the new and long-awaited Hawk Creek Animal Shelter last fall was just the beginning.
WILLMAR -- No super majority, no vote. A decision by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission on hiring a lobbyist for the upcoming legislative session has been put off until next week, after the EDC joint powers board fell short Thursday of the super majority required to decide the issue. The six-person joint powers board contains three representatives from the Willmar City Council and three from the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners.
WILLMAR -- Colleagues and friends remembered Dr. Eugene Bonynge this week as a steady hand whose leadership helped shape Woodland Centers as one of Minnesota's most comprehensive community mental health centers. Bonynge, the executive director of Woodland Centers, died unexpectedly Sunday at age 57. Survivors include his wife and two children. Dr.
WILLMAR -- It has been a little more than one month since Rice Memorial Hospital adopted an ambitious new strategic plan, and the hospital is already starting to tackle some of the initiatives. "There are a number of things we're beginning to work on.
WILLMAR -- The exercise equipment that will be installed in Bethesda Health and Housing's new senior wellness center is designed to be kind to older adults -- safe, easy to use and gentle on aging muscles and joints. Bethesda officials see it as one of the ways Bethesda can help keep the community's seniors vital, healthy and independent. "This is becoming main stream as all age groups embrace the preventive health strategies," said Michelle Haefner, chief operating officer of Bethesda. To do so, Bethesda is looking for financial support from the community -- $250,000, to be exact, to equip
WILLMAR -- A free-standing aquarium, populated with colorful tropical fish and starfish, has been an unexpected hit with patients and families who spend time in the waiting room at the new Willmar Regional Cancer Center. Patients who are there for chemotherapy appreciate the option of receiving their treatment in either a group setting or a semi-private bay, each with its own TV. "It's just nice for them to be able to have the choice," said Barb Hoeft, director of the cancer center. And patients and families really like the physical surroundings -- soothing colors, private corners, lots of
The Willmar Regional Cancer Center will host a public open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The cancer center is in the west wing of Rice Memorial Hospital. Guests are asked to use Door E or the hospital main entrance, both on the north side of the building. A private open house for patients and families is slated for Saturday morning. An open house for staff of Willmar Medical Services, Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers will be held Friday.
WILLMAR -- A statewide plan calls for investing anywhere from $6 billion to $9 billion in the next 20 years to upgrade and enhance Minnesota's ability to move freight and passengers by rail. The proposal, the first comprehensive rail plan Minnesota has ever tackled, was presented at a public hearing Wednesday that was aired via videoconference to Minnesota Department of Transportation district offices across the state.
It was a major change for che-motherapy patients when the Willmar Regional Cancer Center opened last month. Instead of going to Affiliated Community Medical Centers, patients are now being treated by their oncologist at the newly integrated center at Rice Memorial Hospital. The change has been "pretty dramatic," said Dr. J. Michael Ryan, the center's medical oncologist.