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WILLMAR -- With one year down and four to go in a strategic five-year plan, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has notched up several accomplishments this past year. For starters, a series of grants and evening classes helped provide Internet skills for local businesses to increase their ability to reach customers online. A major $60 million-plus initiative to recycle biomass into anhydrous ammonia took major steps forward. And EDC staff has been working behind the scenes to promote the development of an emerging biotechnology sector in the local econom
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Community-Owned Grocery organizing board is hosting "Delectable Desserts," a sampling of healthful desserts by some of Willmar's best bakery chefs, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
If someone had told me seven or eight years ago that I would become a blogger, my reaction probably would have been "Huh?" Blogging wasn't really my scene -- and besides, what was there to blog about? Fast-forward to 2012. I've been writing the West Central Tribune's health blog, HealthBeat ( http://healthbeat.areavoices.com ), for three years, one month and 21 days.
Paula, Paula, Paula. By now, you're probably tired of all the fuss - the criticism of your calorie- and cholesterol-drenched cuisine, your recent revelation that you have type 2 diabetes, your new contract with Novo Nordisk to pitch one of their diabetes drugs. I'm not going to nag or get all judgmental on you.
A teenager from Montevideo was killed Friday evening, stabbed multiple times by a man with whom she worked at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Montevideo. Vinessa Lozano, 18, died at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital. Police said she suffered more than 30 knife wounds in the attack, which occurred in the parking lot outside the restaurant. The suspect, Darek Jon Nelson, 24, of Montevideo, is being held in jail in Granite Falls. He is expected to appear in court this week to face formal charges. Montevideo Police said they were called to the restaurant at around 8:45 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission hopes to increase its countywide presence by taking to the road this year. Members of the joint operations board decided Thursday to hold at least two of their meetings this year in towns outside Willmar, and to make this an annual practice. Doing so would allow the EDC to be more visible and invite more engagement with all the towns in Kandiyohi County, board members said Thursday.
It's a question many of us are routinely asked during a visit to the doctor: Do you smoke or use tobacco? Ideally, nothing less than the truth should suffice - but according to a newly released poll, about one in 10 people opt to conceal their smoking status from their health provider. The survey, which involved 3,146 American adults who were either current or former smokers and was conducted by Legacy, a national public health organization, offers some interesting insight into the evolving social attitudes surrounding tobacco use - namely, a stigma that seems to be making it harder for some
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital will save about $250,000 a year in debt service by refinancing bonds issued in 2002 for a major expansion and renovation. At a meeting Wednesday, the board of directors for the city-owned hospital adopted a resolution outlining the terms of the sale. Final approval is pending from the Willmar City Council, which has already essentially endorsed the hospital's plan to refinance the debt. The amount to be refunded won't exceed $47 million, and net savings must be at least 3 percent or better to formally go ahead with the sale, scheduled to take place in Febru
WILLMAR -- The recession led to some bleak years for local home builders but there are signs they may have weathered the worst of it. Tim Carlson, owner of Carlson Construction of Willmar, sees at least one thing positive about the start of 2012.
WILLMAR -- Nearly two weeks after a fatal Christmas Eve crash south of Willmar, a dog that was riding in one of the vehicles remains missing. Justin Gustafson, 29, of Redwood Falls died in the four-vehicle crash when a van driven by a 15-year-old apparently failed to stop for a red light. Six other people also were injured, one of them critically. The Schnauzer mix named Lord escaped from the crash scene at the junction of Highways 71 and 7. He has been spotted a handful of times in the Blomkest area.