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WILLMAR -- Families in crisis or living in poverty often don't have one of life's most basic mementoes -- the family portrait. Often they can't afford to have a family picture taken, or they've been forced to leave cherished photos behind, says Christie Kurth, director of the Willmar Area Food Shelf. Free photo sessions for these families will be among the dozens of resources available next week at Heartland Community Ac-tion Agency's Community Co-nnect event. "It's a great thing for families to be able to have," Kurth said of the photos.
WILLMAR -- Joe Gimse and Lyle Koenen have differing views about property tax relief and the future of the local government aid program to Minnesota cities, but on other issues the two legislators agreed more than they disagreed at an hour-long candidate forum Wednesday in Willmar. The forum, sponsored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and hosted by the city of Willmar, brought together the candidates for the Minnesota Senate in District 17 and the House in District 17A to talk about their platforms on taxes, state spending and economic development in greater Minnesota. In the newl
Offer fruit and vegetables on the school lunch menu and kids will be inspired to try them, like them and maybe even start eating them on a regular basis -- or so the theory goes. But a new study has found this isn't necessarily the case. Although bringing raspberries, asparagus, sweet potatoes and the like into the school cafeteria did seem to have an impact, the effect wasn't particularly strong, researchers learned after scrutinizing the food choices of more than 26,000 children. The study appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
WILLMAR -- A Kandiyohi County coalition focused on healthy teen sexuality is turning to the public this fall to help craft a community plan that fosters adolescent health. One of the main goals is to reduce the local incidence of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection that has soared to epidemic proportions in Minnesota in recent years. The first in a series of public meetings will be Monday.
WILLMAR -- Take a group of kids and adults interested in art, and give them the materials to make a printing block. Add ink and paper, then apply a small motorized steamroller. The block prints that result from this unconventional approach to art have been brightening community events across Minnesota this summer. Now the Thousand Print Summer project is coming to Willmar for the final day of the downtown Becker Market from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Michelle Mattson, Susan Rodgerson and their siblings have reason to know Alzheimer's disease and related dementias better than most. Their father, longtime Willmar physician Donald Mattson, died last year at age 81 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. They're now caring for their sister, Stephanie, 56, who has frontotemporal dementia, a rare form of dementia that strikes most often in middle age. The Mattsons are honorary chairpersons of the second annual Willmar area Walk to End Alzheimer's on Oct. 6.
WILLMAR -- Members of the Willmar School Board adopted a preliminary tax levy Monday, agreeing to seek the maximum amount. The vote, which took place at a special meeting, marks "the first step" in a process that ends with property tax dollars returning to the School District for the 2013-14 budget, said Pam Harrington, the district's business and finance director. The final levy will be adopted in December, following a Truth in Taxation hearing that's set for Dec.
WILLMAR -- An outbreak of canine parvovirus in the Willmar area this month has prompted local veterinarians to remind dog owners to make sure their pet's shots are up to date. Well over a dozen cases, including some deaths, have been reported within the past two to three weeks. It's a dramatic increase compared to what veterinarians usually see, said Dr. Dan Cook, owner of Country Lakes Veterinary Clinic, Green Lake Pet Hospital and Willmar Pet Hospital. "We maybe only see a handful a year, but we've seen at least a 10-fold increase.