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WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital has adopted a set of budget assumptions for 2012 that are optimistic yet cautious. Although the city-owned hospital is seeing solid patient volume and a positive financial performance this year, there's considerable uncertainty surrounding health care, say hospital officials. The state budget passed last month by the Minnesota Legislature contains a 10 percent reduction in reimbursement for Medicaid, the publicly funded health program for the poor. "We do know what's coming ahead," said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Hospital.
WILLMAR -- It was a pivotal moment in local history when the nine physicians with the Lakeland Medical Center and the nine physicians with the Willmar Clinic gathered four decades ago to vote on a merger. Dr.
WILLMAR -- Backers of a study on long-term future parking needs in downtown Willmar say the analysis will help the downtown district stay ahead of anticipated development. It's an open question, however, whether the Willmar City Council will endorse the study -- or how the study will be paid for. "It's up for discussion," Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish said Monday night after information was shared with the City Council about the proposed study. The Willmar Design Center and the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission are recommending the analysis, saying it will he
WILLMAR -- When Rice Memorial Hospital adopted a policy last December asking patients to pay at least part of their bill up front, there were some worries. Would people object?
WILLMAR -- For the fourth year in a row, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is holding the line on the property tax levy it's requesting in 2012. The EDC's governing board ap-proved a budget Thursday that in-cludes a tax levy of $455,000 and proposed expenditu-res of $508,508. The tax levy, the main source of revenue for the Economic Development Commission to operate its programs, has been flat since 2009. The agency has tried to remain austere through a time of national recession and concerns about government spending. Although all the signs indicate
WILLMAR -- There was a happy ending for a litter of eight puppies who were apparently abandoned on a gravel road north of New London during last week's record heat wave. Seven of the eight have been adopted, said Bobbie Bauman, operations director for the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. "We're down to one," she said Tuesday. She anticipated the final puppy to be placed in a home soon. Neighbors discovered the dogs July 19 in a wildlife area along 227th Avenue north of New London.
WILLMAR -- Hundreds of candles will light the night for the American Cancer Society's 18th annual Kandiyohi County Relay for Life tonight at the Willmar Middle School. The relay starts at 6 p.m. today and doesn't end until 6 a.m. Saturday. More than 300 volunteers will be camped on the school grounds all night, raising both money and awareness for cancer. The Relay for Life is a time to be happy for those who have survived cancer and to remember those whose lives were claimed by the disease, said Shawn Madsen, chairman of the event. "Obviously we're celebrating," he said.
When neighbors told Randy and Tc Peterson Tuesday afternoon about a litter of puppies seen on a gravel road north of New London, the Petersons promptly went on a rescue mission.
WILLMAR -- Workers were still completing many of the final details late last week at the new Therapy Suites at Rice Care Center, but the end was in sight. This week the Rice Care Center will show off the brand-new $2 million facility during a series of open houses, winding up with an open house and tours for the community from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The town of Madison was thronged Sunday for its 125th an-niversary celebration and all-school reunion. The hot, muggy weather didn't stop people from having a good time, said Maynard Meyer, head of the Madison Chamber of Commerce and general manager of KLQP Radio. "We had a few thousand people in town for the celebration," he said. But it wasn't until afterward that Madison learn-ed of the weather distinction it earned Sunday: The town was reportedly the only place in the western hemisphere, besides the Amazon rain forest, to re-cord a dew point in the 80s that day. How did Madison do it?