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WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital is launching a new strategic planning process that will start Sept.
WILLMAR -- When a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to celebrate the opening of a new office for the tech company Genesis10, officials with the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission would liked to have been the hosts. But they weren't, because Genesis10 picked Eau Claire, Wis., for its new facility instead. What could the Economic Development Commission have done differently? Some additional business incentives might be needed if Willmar and Kandiyohi County are to strengthen their competitiveness among the Midwest's smaller-market cities, said Steve R
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital has quietly abandoned its plan to build a new Rice Care Center nursing home and senior living campus. Hospital officials are looking instead at renovating and expanding the existing Rice Care Center on West Willmar Avenue. "We just want to continue with the pro-cess and go back to the table," Mike Schramm, the hospital's chief executive, said Wednesday. Hospital board members concurred, voting at their meeting Wednesday to authorize up to $10,000 in consulting fees for architects at Horty Elving to revise the plan. This step is necessary in order for the p
Jerri Linke doesn't consider herself a political person. But there she was on Friday, at the microphone in front of close to 500 people at a town hall meeting on health care reform. "I just could not keep myself from saying my piece," Linke, a retired educator who lives in Spicer, said afterwards. "I just have been so concerned about what I'm seeing." She said she sees a 1,018-page document with no specifics about health care reform or about its cost. "Nothing is spelled out. Everything is generalities.
WILLMAR -- Mary Buckentine drove almost two hours Friday from her home in Plato to ask Rep.
WILLMAR -- More than 30 people waited in line for the microphone so they could have a chance to speak this afternoon at a town hall meeting on health care reform, hosted in Willmar by Rep. Collin Peterson of the Seventh Congressional District. Although the debate was spirited and occasionally noisy, it stayed orderly. More than 300 people packed the community room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building for the panel discussion and question-and-answer.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will watch its pennies for the rest of the year, a move that could save up to 3 percent of the agency's budgeted spending. The measure, prompted by cutbacks undertaken by both the city and the county, was urged last month by the EDC's joint operations board. At a meeting Thursday, the board stopped short of voting to make the cutbacks official. But the EDC staff was asked to try to reduce spending over the next four months. Steve Renquist, executive director of the Economic Development Commission, called it
WILLMAR -- A judge has agreed to reclassify the Cushman A.
Sweet corn, beets, string beans and apples are piled high at the Simon Produce and Baked Goods stand at the Becker Market. It's home-grown, and harvested so recently that the earth still clings to the freshly dug carrots. Behind the table, Charalin Simon greets customers, weighs their purchases on an old-fashioned scale and bundles up vegetables, jars of jam and home-baked treats for buyers to take home. Willmar-area residents don't have to go far to find fresh food.
WILLMAR -- Continued tight management of staffing levels and expenses has helped Rice Memorial Hospital earn a net return for the first half of 2009. As of June 30, the city-owned hospital had posted a profit of $193,353. Preliminary financial results for July show the third quarter of the year also is off to a good start, said Bill Fenske, chief financial officer for Rice.