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WILLMAR -- Three months into a new fiscal year, Rice Memorial Hospital is struggling with a deficit driven largely by a drop in patient volume. The red ink follows a strong financial performance in 2011 and underscores one of the critical challenges faced by hospitals: the cyclical and often unpredictable nature of how many patients they see and the extent to which it affects the bottom line. "We've seen these cycles before.
WILLMAR -- Transparency is Rice Memorial Hospital's guideline for collecting payment from patients for the care they receive, hospital officials says. It's a message they reiterated this week in the wake of allegations that Accretive Health Inc., a medical consulting firm from Illinois, used high-pressure tactics to collect from patients at some Twin Cities hospitals. The Minnesota Attorney General's office has filed a lawsuit against Accretive, and Fairview Health Systems severed its ties last week with the company.
WILLMAR -- According to statewide figures, Minnesota is well-supplied with engineers. But for many local employers, the reality is otherwise. Nova-Tech Engineering, which designs and produces specialized technology for the poultry industry, has been trying to recruit a software engineer for at least a year, says Jim Sieben, vice president and general manager. "We've had a difficult time finding software engineers," he said. "We've had a difficult time finding electrical engineers.
WILLMAR -- During the first year the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office operated a drop box for unused and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter drugs, nearly 1,000 pounds of drugs were collected. Officials say that's 1,000 pounds of medications that might otherwise have gone into the environment -- or into the hands of children and adults for potential misuse. "This is such a good thing for our community," said Laura Daak, coordinator of the Kandiyohi County Drug-Free Communities Coalition, which worked with the Sheriff's Office to implement the "Take it to the Box" program. "Overall i
ATWATER -- The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is holding off on a decision whether to help fund the Minnesota Angel Network for a second year, saying it wants more information on how well the organization is meeting its goals. Members of the joint operations board said Thursday that they want to be sure their investment in the statewide angel network -- $25,000 last year and potentially another $25,000 this year -- is being well-spent. "It's sizeable money.
40 million+ - number of birds processed per year 1.3 billion - the pounds of live weight turkeys processed annually 75 - percent of all turkey burgers sold in grocery stores are Jennie-O turkey burgers 40 - percent of all grocery stores carry the Jennie-O label in their deli case 1,500 - number of products in Jennie-O's portfolio 7,000 - the number of employees
The turkey burgers were on the grill. The cameras were ready to roll. In case the crowd wasn't large enough, Jennie-O Turkey Store had hired some actors to help film its new television ad, set outside a California taco shop and touting the taste of lower-calorie, lower-fat burgers made with ground turkey. As it turned out, the best lines -- and the ones that ultimately made it into the ad -- didn't come from the actors.