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WILLMAR -- Affiliated Community Medical Centers continues to follow the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines and is now offering H1N1 novel influenza vaccine appointments to everyone of any age group, at all ACMC clinic locations. The second dose of H1N1 vaccine is also available for children ages 6 months to 9 years who have already received a first dose of H1N1 vaccine. Children must wait at least four weeks between the first and second dose. People interested in receiving the swine flu vaccine can contact Affiliated Community Medical Centers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Two members of the Rice Memorial Hospital Board are the first to have their terms extended under a newly revised provision of the Willmar city charter allowing longer tenure on the board. The provision, along with extended term limits for the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission, was ratified in October by the Willmar City Council on the recommendation of the city Charter Commission. Wayne Larson and Dr. Robert Kruger have already served six years each on the board of the city-owned hospital.
WILLMAR -- A Spicer woman is going to prison for committing a drug-related offense while on probation for another drug offense. The full sentence for the prior drug offense was executed Thursday on Angela Lynn Leindecker, 32, and is concurrent with the most recent offense on which she was charged. Judge Donald Spilseth ordered Leindecker to serve one year and one day at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, with credit for 71 days she has already spent in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail. She will be required to serve at least two-thirds of her sentence in prison.
WILLMAR -- A final draft of Rice Memorial Hospital's new proposed strategic plan will be unveiled at a meeting Monday of the hospital board of directors and the strategic planning steering committee. Hospital leaders have been working since September to craft the plan, which will help chart the future direction of the city-owned hospital. Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Hospital, said next week's meeting is "the culmination" of the process. "We've put a lot of work into it," he said.
WILLMAR -- As Minnesota's economy sank deeper into recession this year, Mary Quirk and her colleagues at the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration began hearing from around the state about the stresses facing organizations that rely on volunteers. Many were cutting their budgets and being forced to depend even more on volunteers. For some, there was a shortage of volunteers.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital announced Thursday that additional visitor restrictions have been implemented for the holiday season. Group tours have been discontinued for the months of December and January, and caroling will not be allowed at any time, even in public areas of the hospital. "We appreciate carolers, and they have been a great benefit to our patients in past years," said Dale Hustedt, chief administrative officer. "It's wonderful to welcome them when conditions are right.
WILLMAR -- Underage drinkers often start consuming alcohol by the time they're in their mid-teens, and they're most likely to drink when they're with their friends, a new survey has found. The findings suggest that prevention activities should start early, said the St.
WILLMAR -- Vaccine availability for H1N1 novel influenza is being expanded to all health priority groups, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Tuesday. The supply is still trickling in and it will take time to get the vaccine distributed to health providers and public health agencies across the state, officials said. Be persistent, counseled Kris Ehresmann, director of the infectious disease division at the state Health Department. "It's still very important that people pursue vaccination.
WILLMAR -- Home sales in Willmar and in Kandiyohi County have remained relatively steady over the past 12 months, even as the national number of home resales surged by 10.1 percent during October. Local Realtors interviewed earlier this month said buyers have been cautious. "It's the uneasiness in the economy. It's not knowing if they have a job," said Betty Bollig, a broker with Counselor Realty. The tax credit for first-time home buyers has been an incentive, however.
The two women leaving the Kandi Mall in Willmar last Saturday afternoon were laden down with three shopping bags apiece. "I worked up a sweat," one of them remarked as they headed for their car in the crowded parking lot next to the J.C.