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WILLMAR -- Call it Match.com for cats. Hawk Creek Animal Shelter is launching the ASPCA's Meet Your Match program this month to engage the public and increase the adoption rate for shelter cats. Like finding the right marriage partner, the shelter's staff hopes it leads to a good match that helps ensure a long-term, successful relationship between human and feline.
WILLMAR -- One of the panes of glass in the 86-year-old skylight that lights the lobby of the old Lakeland Hotel building is broken and boarded over. But every other window is intact and the building's owner, Tom Amberg, hopes to find a replacement pane that matches the original as closely as possible. The same goes for the wallpaper, the classic woodwork and the building's brick exterior. "We want to try to keep it as original as we can," Amberg said. "There's tons of potential for this building."
WILLMAR -- Wendy Foley had some health goals, and she hoped that signing up for Rice Memorial Hospital's Healthy Community Partnership would help her reach them. "I think we all need to take an active role in our own health," she said while waiting in line at the Lakeland Health Center recently for a blood pressure, weight and cholesterol screening.
WILLMAR - A retired Willmar physician is among the appointees named by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton today to the board that will manage and operate MNSure, the state’s new health insurance exchange. Dr. Kathryn Duevel is one of seven people on the board, which was established by legislative process earlier in the session. Board members were chosen through the state’s open appointments process from a pool of 112 candidates. Board members will serve staggered four-year terms.
WILLMAR — The joint powers board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission split 4-2 last week on a vote to retain the EDC’s membership in the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Support for continuing chamber membership prevailed, but not without heated discussion over whether it’s appropriate for a public entity to belong to what board member Ron Christianson called “basically a lobbyist group.” “It isn’t right,” Christianson said.
WILLMAR — Right up until last week, when a surprise announcement was made that Molenaar LLC was sold and the Willmar plant is closing in June, staff of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission were engaged in behind-the-scenes negotiations to keep the facility here. A $5 million financing package was even put together to allow two individuals, both unnamed, to buy the Molenaar plant so that it could stay in Willmar.
WILLMAR — In one of a series of ads that debuted locally this month, two teens embrace while the boy silently wonders, “Should I kiss her?” The ads are part of a new initiative by the Kandiyohi County Coalition for Healthy Adolescent Sexuality that draws attention to Minnesota’s soaring incidence of chlamydia and urges parents to talk to their children about relationships, health and sex.
WILLMAR — Leaders and the board of directors at Rice Memorial Hospital have created a new road map for how the city-owned hospital will respond over the next few years to major changes in the health care environment. The ambitious list of initiatives ranges from cost containment and high-quality patient care to increased collaboration with other local medical providers and a more visible role in community health and wellness.
WILLMAR — A letter of intent has been signed with Wilson Tool International to sell Molenaar LLC of Willmar to Fey Promotional Products Group of Edgerton, Minn. Fey plans to move Molenaar’s manufacturing to Edgerton and close the plant in Willmar, which has been in operation for more than 50 years.
WILLMAR — Affiliated Community Medical Centers announced plans Tuesday to build an outpatient ambulatory surgery center on the northeast corner of the new ACMC-Marshall clinic on Carlson Street. The ambulatory surgery center, also known as an outpatient surgery center or same-day surgery center, will focus on providing same-day surgical care.