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The income tax filing deadline is still a long way off but it's not too soon to start planning, say financial experts. Some tax breaks are still available -- for example, an energy tax credit of up to $500 for energy-efficient doors, windows and similar items purchased before Dec.
WILLMAR -- After two staffers were injured in 2009, officials at Rice Memorial Hospital sat down to look at better -- and safer -- ways of caring for patients who are mentally ill and aggressive. What they came up with was an innovative model allowing some of these patients to be placed in the hospital's intensive care unit, where there's both security and supervision. Resources and training for the staff also were beefed up. One year after being implemented, the new model appears to be working well, said Wendy Ulferts, chief nursing officer.
WILLMAR -- Local health providers still have influenza vaccine available -- but better hurry because there's not much left. "If you're thinking about it, take advantage," advised Jo DeBruycker, manager of the Health Lear-ning Center at Aff-iliated Community Medical Centers. The U.S.
WILLMAR -- Viola Ausherman rarely sought attention, preferring to work quietly on behalf of causes she cared about: animal welfare, education, community services. Those hours of volunteering and the thousands of dollars she donated to her favorite charities added up to a significant legacy. Ausherman, a retired teacher, died Sunday at Glen Oaks Care Center in New London. She was 96. Friends remembered her this week as generous with her time, her encouragement and her checkbook, especially when it came to her passion for animals. She was a founding member of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi
Pope County and the Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Community Health Board are among seven agencies to be awarded state grants to help build local capacity for addressing health hazards in homes. The grants were announced today by the Minnesota Department of Health. They total $250,000.
WILLMAR -- Scrimp or splurge? As shoppers flock to the stores today for the holiday opener, financial counselors urge a reality check. Consumers who fail to set spending limits or who don't have a plan are among the most likely to wind up overspending during the Christmas season, said Cherrish Holland, a consumer credit counselor with Lutheran Social Service in Willmar. "Know what that stopping point is for you, whether it's a dollar amount or when your list is done," she said. Researchers at the University of St.
WILLMAR -- The contents of 15 crockpots steamed and bubbled Tuesday night at the Willmar Community-Owned Grocery's first slow-food festival. Linda Mathiasen, a member of the fledgling food co-op's organizing board, was enthusiastic about the chefs, the aromas of simmering pork, chicken and baked beans, and the 200-some people who visited the event to eat and mingle. "It's a time to slow down and come together around food, to cook slowly, eat slowly and cook with whole foods," Mathiasen said. The effort to create a cooperative grocery store in Willmar taps into a growing national movement to
Duramorph, an inject-able form of pain-killing morphine, is often used by the anesthesiology teams at Rice Memorial Hospital, especially for Caesarean sections.
WILLMAR -- The drug inventory at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center only takes up a couple of shelves. But if you added up what it's worth, the figure would be substantial. "They're very costly," said Nathan Olander, a pharmacist with the cancer center and Rice Memorial Hospital. Drug shortages at U.S. hospitals are worsening, and officials say the impact isn't limited only to patient care. The shortages also have been expensive for hospitals.
WILLMAR -- When Dr. Paul Schulz meets each year with first-year students at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, he tells them: You've chosen a good career path; now how will you pay for your training? "It has to be that idealistic spark that brings them there," said Schulz, a clinical associate professor at the School of Dentistry and director of the outreach program and mobile dental unit. But students in the health professions also will be graduating with thousands of dollars' worth of debt, he said.