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WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council was prepared at its meeting Monday night to set a hearing on adding a new category to the city code allowing for taproom liquor licenses. But council members temporarily put a cork in the proposal instead, sending it back to the committee level for clarification. At issue is whether licensed taprooms also can sell growlers, or half-gallon jugs of brew to go, in addition to the beer sold for consumption on the premises.
WILLMAR - It’s official: Affiliated Community Medical Centers is now certified by the Minnesota Department of Health as a health care home. The multispecialty regional health network announced the news Tuesday. The certification applies to all of ACMC’s clinic locations: Benson, Granite Falls, Hancock, Litchfield, Marshall, New London-Spicer, Redwood Falls and Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Ingrid Anderson learned in medical school about carotid bruit, the noise made by turbulent blood flow when the main artery in the neck is narrowed from cardiovascular disease. But she had never encountered the real thing until last month. "It was 'Oh, my! I heard it,'" said Anderson, a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota.
WILLMAR - Bows and arrows would be classified as dangerous weapons under a proposed revision of the city's weapons ordinance. Details are still being worked out. At a minimum, however, the revision would place some restrictions on the use of bows and arrows within the city limits. There currently are no restrictions, said Willmar Police Chief Dave Wyffels, who proposed the tighter regulation recently to city officials. "I feel that there are some public safety issues," he said.
WILLMAR — Six horses and nine dogs removed Wednesday night from a rural Meeker County home are now in the care of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker County. It’s hoped they can eventually be adopted to new permanent homes, said Bobbie Bauman, director of operations at the Humane Society’s Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. The animals were surrendered by their owner after complaints of alleged neglect. The horses are currently at a foster farm, where they’re being fed to regain weight, Bauman said.
SUNBURG — Hoping to harness the forces of a changing economy, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will seek a $100,000 federal grant promoting entrepreneurship. Members of the EDC joint operating board voted Thursday to apply for the rural development grant from the U.S.
WILLMAR -- Leaders at Rice Memorial Hospital are looking for ways to tighten the hospital's cost structure, starting with an effort to pare expenses in each department by 2 percent in upcoming months. It's the beginning of a cost-centered initiative that will unfold over months and probably years, said Mike Schramm, Rice chief executive. "It's going to be a multi-year plan," he said. Plans for improving Rice's financial performance were outlined Thursday to the hospital board finance committee.
WILLMAR -- Pam Lehn and Scott Dyer talked it over and decided that when the time came, it would be Dyer who broke the news. On Feb. 3, Dyer blogged the words they waited months to write: This morning at 1 a.m., the nurse awakened Pam with the news we have been waiting for: a set of donor lungs was available for transplant. A long surgery and recovery lay ahead but it was the couple's best -- and only -- hope for keeping Lehn alive.
WILLMAR -- A plea agreement was reached Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court for a 38-year-old Willmar man charged with possessing child pornography downloaded from the Internet. Stephen Titrud pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of electronic pornography images and an amended count of possessing child pornography in violation of state statute. Sentencing is scheduled for July 8. As part of the plea agreement, the Kandiyohi County Attorney's Office said it will limit its sentencing request to the middle of the penalty range.
WILLMAR - Bids were awarded this past week for a $2.1 million renovation of the imaging department at Rice Memorial Hospital. The project, which will enlarge and enhance the space, has been under consideration "for multiple years," said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Hospital. Construction is scheduled to start in June.