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WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County and Afghanistan are worlds apart but when it comes to farming, Leroy Petersen sees the common ground they share. It hit home one day when he was visiting with an Afghan farmer and noticed that the weeds in the fields looked just like the weeds that grew on his own farm back in Minnesota. “We discovered we had the same weeds in our farms half a world apart,” he said.
There’s the recipe for fresh homemade pasta and then there are the unwritten secrets to getting it right. Don’t mix the egg with the flour too vigorously — go gently and take your time, Piergiorgio Rosetti tells the novice pasta-makers gathered on a recent evening in the First Presbyterian Church kitchen. How do you know when the dough is ready? It should be the consistency of bread dough, “not too hard but not too sticky,” he explains.
WILLMAR — There’s the recipe for fresh homemade pasta and then there are the unwritten secrets to getting it right. Don’t mix the egg with the flour too vigorously — go gently and take your time, Piergiorgio Rosetti tells the novice pasta-makers gathered on a recent evening in the First Presbyterian Church kitchen. How do you know when the dough is ready? It should be the consistency of bread dough, “not too hard but not too sticky,” he explains.
WILLMAR — Fifty years ago this weekend, the congregation of Vinje Lutheran Church bade farewell to the building where members had worshipped since the early 1900s and walked together to their new home. Vinje is recreating the occasion with a “Jubilee Jaunt” on Saturday and a special service Sunday morning. “It’s a celebration. It’s a milestone for us in this building and a jumping-off into the future,” said the Rev. Chad Peterson, pastor of the 1,800-member congregation.
Bethesda opened its wellness center in 2010 with a forward-thinking purpose — health and fitness for middle-aged and older adults. Bethesda leaders hoped they could initially get 100 people to sign up to become members of the new Club Bethesda. With 300 signups the first year, they succeeded far beyond their expectations. Two years later the wellness center has more than 500 members from 32 towns in the region, some as far as 50 miles away.
When a new linear accelerator was installed in late 2011 at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center, it was a $1 million-plus investment in technology essential for delivering radiation treatment to patients with cancer. It also was an example of how local health care organizations are working together to reduce costs, minimize duplication and become more efficient at providing care.
WILLMAR — A plea agreement was reached Tuesday in an insurance fraud case against a Willmar jeweler, allowing for a stay of adjudication which clears the way for future dismissal of the charge. Todd Paffrath, 60, will still have to serve up to three years on probation and pay a $1,000 fine. But he will not serve any jail time, and the felony insurance fraud charge against him will be formally dismissed at the end of three years and erased from his record, as long as he complies with the terms of the sentence and does not commit any new offenses.
WILLMAR — Lee Wierschem admits it: The extra pounds “kind of snuck up on me.” Then a year ago he went to the rental shop to be fitted for the outfit he would wear to his son’s wedding last August. Call it a moment of truth. “I couldn’t believe what size I was fitting into,” said Wierschem, 54. “I didn’t like what I saw. I resembled a Kraft marshmallow, and I’m not talking about the miniature ones… It was an eye opener.” Determined to shape up and lose weight, he joined a gym.
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital is preparing to launch a study of the hospital facility, focusing on current and future space needs and how to plan for them. Representatives of three architecture firms will be interviewed April 2 by hospital leaders and the board of directors. One of the firms will then be chosen to help guide the hospital through the study.