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SPICER -- There isn't much left of Chuck Stockland's barn or garage after a tornado raked through his farm Tuesday afternoon southwest of Spicer. But the wedge-shaped space is still visible in a corner of the barn, where Stockland's quarter horse huddled after being trapped when the building collapsed on top of him. The 16-year-old horse, whose name is Poncho, was freed Tuesday night by a team of about 30 rescue workers, sheriff's deputies and firefighters from the Willmar and Spicer fire departments. He was unharmed except for some minor scratches, Stockland said. "We just walked him to t
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WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital officials are still trying to assess what the loss of General Assistance Medical Care will cost the city-owned hospital. "Certainly we'll feel the impact.
WILLMAR -- It's an austere budget the joint operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will send this month to the agency's governing board. The operating board voted Thursday to recommend a $484,511 budget for next year.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital's board of directors never had a job description, until now. Board members approved the new document Wednesday, after weeks of mulling and revising the draft proposal. The written job description is supposed to help more clearly delineate the board's role and responsibilities. "This is something the board needs to adopt," said board member David Anfinson. Hospital board members are appointed by the mayor of Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital's board of directors approved a set of criteria Wednesday for rating the performance of their new chief executive, Michael Schramm, during his first six months on the job. Among the goals for the new leader of the city-owned hospital: Start working on a comprehensive strategic plan, assess the hospital's quality initiatives, and end the fiscal year with a profit. The guidelines were de-veloped by the b-ard's hu-man resources committee, with input from Schramm, and recommended for adoption by the full board. Schramm's success at fulfilling all the objectives
WILLMAR -- Edward A. Ruchti was sentenced to 21 months in prison Tuesday for assaulting his girlfriend and trying to strangle her during an argument this past February. Judge Kathryn N. Smith ordered him to serve at least 14 of those months in prison. The remainder can be served on supervised release, as long as Ruchti commits no other offenses either in or out of prison. Ruchti, of Watkins, will receive credit for two days he has already served in the Kandiyohi County jail.
WILLMAR -- The case against a Richfield couple accused of misappropriating an elderly relative's farm income was settled Monday. Kathlyn Van Der Bill, 59, must pay a fine and restitution, as well as serve a short jail term, for her role in wrongfully obtaining public assistance on behalf of her mother-in-law. A charge against Duaine Van Der Bill, 68, of wrongfully obtaining assistance will be dismissed once a plea agreement is finalized. The Van Der Bills are alleged to have fraudulently obtained more than $33,000 worth of Medical Assistance for Duaine Van Der Bill's mother, who was in a nu
WILLMAR -- If patient volume is down, you look for other ways to enhance your revenue and help wring the most from complicated reimbursement formulas. That's one of the strategies being taken by Rice Memorial Hospital as the city-owned hospital copes with a continuing decline in patient admissions. The hospital is pursuing extra dollars and cents on several fronts, ranging from speeding up the billing and collection process to maximizing the amount of money it can claim through the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital formula, which allows hospitals with higher Medicaid utilization to cl
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is looking at a pared-down budget for next year, but no significant scaling back in economic development activities that range from renewable energy and the biosciences to tourism, marketing and technology. Members of the EDC's governing board and joint operations board got their first look Wednesday night at a preliminary 2010 budget of $484,511. It's "a rather austere budget," said Steve Renquist, executive director of the Economic Development Commission. The EDC proposes to spend about $3,000 less next ye