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WILLMAR -- When Laura Becker opened the doors at Camille's Closet on a warm, sunny morning last week, three customers were already waiting outside. When they left 15 minutes later, one of them was wearing the cotton tropical-print shirt she'd bought at a bargain-basement price, and the shirt's original owner had earned a percentage of the sale. Everything old is new again at Camille's Closet, one of the region's few consignment stores specializing in women's clothing. Becker, the owner, says she loves what she does. "You are a retail store but you also are providing a service," she said.
WILLMAR -- Construction on a new animal shelter for the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County started in earnest less than two months ago, but already Dawn Olson can point to where the kitten room will be, where the dogs will be bathed and where all the pet food will be stored. The building's roof is on.
WILLMAR -- Patient admissions will continue to slowly decline and profits will stagnate, according to a newly revised set of financial assumptions for Rice Memorial Hospital over the next five years. The five-year financial plan was reviewed Friday by the finance committee of the hospital board of directors. Committee members voted to recommend its approval when the full hospital board meets on Aug.
The neatness of Mike Schramm's desk belies the busy schedule he's had since becoming Rice Memorial Hospital's new chief executive on June 1.
WILLMAR -- Here's a quiz. The intersection in Willmar with the most crashes is: North Business 71 and 23rd Street Northeast; First Street and Willmar Avenue; First Street and 19th Avenue; Highway 12 and Lakeland Drive. If you picked the intersection on North Business 71 by the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, you'd be wrong. Willmar Police Chief Jim Kulset doesn't even hesitate in coming up with the right answer: "First and Willmar." Year after year, this busy intersection consistently ranks as one of the most crash-prone in town, he said.
Do you know where your stomach is? How about your liver or lungs? A recent study in the U.K. found that even though there's an increasing amount of health information in the media and on the Internet, many people couldn't point to the correct location of several of the body's major organs. The West Central Tribune HealthBeat blog takes a closer look in Flunking out of Anatomy 101.
This fall, Willmar's third CT scanner will go into operation at the new Willmar Center for Diagnostic Imaging. What does the addition of a third CT service mean for patients? What does it mean for the community? The West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog takes a closer look in Then there were 3: Cost, choice and the medical arms race.
If you've been following the Tour de France, you'll know that uber-cyclist and seven-time winner Lance Armstrong is making a comeback bid. The West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog takes a look at Armstrong, his life story and the physiology that helped create a winner in The machine that is Lance Armstrong.
WILLMAR -- Three Willmar clinics have formed a joint venture with the Center for Diagnostic Imaging to open their own outpatient medical imaging center in Willmar this fall. The partners are Family Practice Medical Center, Janning ENT Center and the Asthma and Allergy Clinic. Construction is already under way on the new Willmar CDI, which will be located in the Lakeland Health Center.
WILLMAR -- Governing board members of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission approved a lean budget Thursday for 2010. The agency proposes to spend $485,811 next year on programs and projects ranging from business recruitment and retention to renewable energy, bioscience, tourism and marketing. That's a half-percent decrease from this year's $487,713 budget. For the third year in a row, the property tax levy for the Economic Development Commission will remain the same, at $455,000. The EDC will make up the difference by applying some of its reserve fund to