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WILLMAR -- Life Link III medical helicopters are likely to become a more familiar sight in the skies over Willmar in upcoming months. The medical transportation service is basing a helicopter and crew at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar on a six-month trial basis, starting this week.
WILLMAR -- A construction contract was awarded Tuesday for the kitchen at the Willmar Middle School to receive a makeover. The $216,500 project will be finished by the time school starts in fall. Members of the Willmar School Board held a special meeting Tuesday to approve the contract with Carlson Construction of Willmar, which was the lowest of three bidders for the project. Over the next couple of months, the kitchen will be reconfigured to create more space for the staff and a more efficient serving line for students. In the 40-plus years since the middle school was built, the kitchen
WILLMAR -- In the past couple of years, the stack of applications from young people wanting a job at the Willmar Dairy Queen has been thicker than owner Fred Anderson has ever seen. "That means there's a lot of kids looking for work," said Anderson. Youths are being edged out of the job market in record numbers in Minnesota. Workers between the ages of 16 and 19 have the highest unemployment rate of any demographic.
WILLMAR -- A parking ramp is once again a possibility for downtown Willmar. The joint operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission was approached Thursday about sharing the cost to conduct a feasibility study for a downtown parking ramp. Two consulting firms have already been chosen as finalists to conduct the study, said Adam Arvidson, a consultant for the Willmar Design Center who is working with the nonprofit urban design center on the project. The study carries an estimated $30,000 price tag.
Randy Ryan had 18 open houses last weekend for homes listed for sale. The schedule was so busy that Ryan, a Realtor with RE/MAX Preferred Realty, had to recruit extra help.
WILLMAR -- A program that combines group support and education with lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of diabetes will be launched this week at the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA. A few openings are still left in the Y Diabetes Prevention Program, which starts Thursday. "We can take 15 people total," said Christy Marthaller, of the Y.
WILLMAR -- A couple of days a week, when the weather is nice, Andrew Bjur rides his bike to work at Engan and Associates in downtown Willmar, where he works as an architect. "I only have to travel about a mile so it's not that bad," Bjur said.
WILLMAR -- Tenex Health Inc., the developer of a medical device for removing diseased tissue from tendons, will open a production facility at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. The California-based company made the announcement Wednesday. The addition of Tenex Health marks the technology campus' entry into Minnesota's flourishing medical device industry. Jim Sieben, president of MinnWest Technology Campus, said campus officials had been working to put together the necessary incentives to bring Tenex Health to the area. "They are an important step in our effort to draw biotechnology
WILLMAR -- Organizers of a Walk to End Alzheimer's Oct. 1 in Willmar hope to raise several thousand dollars for research and services. But more than this, they want to increase local awareness of a disease whose incidence continues to rise. A national campaign launched Wednesday for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, which will be held in towns across the U.S. this fall. All told, millions of dollars are expected to be raised. The event in Willmar on Oct.
WILLMAR -- Inside the large white trailer that houses the Minnesota Department of Health's Mobile Medical Unit, field beds are neatly lined up, partitioned by curtains. Rows of glass-fronted cabinets house basic supplies. The unit has a portable X-ray machine and its own small laboratory and pharmacy. It's equipped with ventilators. It can provide invasive cardiac monitoring and ultrasound. "You'd think you were in an emergency department, and you are," said Dr.