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WILLMAR -- Lynn Slagter had long been bothered with pain across her lower back. Nothing really relieved it until she started using the underwater treadmill at the Club Bethesda therapy pool last month. The exercise in the warm, 90-degree water of the pool made a big difference. "I can't say enough good about it," said Slagter as she worked out on the treadmill on a recent morning.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will open a branch office at the MinnWest Technology Campus for its agriculture and renewable energy specialist. The move was approved by the EDC joint operations board on Thursday. The arrangement is for a trial period of six months, after which it will be evaluated to decide whether to continue. It comes at the cost of $450 more a month in rent for the office space. There's little room in the EDC budget for another expense, acknowledged Steve Renquist, executive director of the Economic Development Commis
Minnesota has recorded its first case of influenza for the 2011-12 season in a 26-year-old woman from Olmsted County, the state Department of Health announced today. The Minnesota Department of Health Public Health Laboratory confirmed the woman's illness was caused by the A (H3) strain of the virus, which appears to be covered by this year's flu vaccine. The woman, who had no underlying health conditions and was not hospitalized, had not yet been vaccinated this season, state health officials said. While there have been scattered reports of influenza cases around the state already this yea
WILLMAR -- Last year the employees at the Conway, Deuth and Schmiesing accounting firm gave more than 3,200 hours of volunteer time to 100-plus community causes. They volunteered for the United Way of West Central Minnesota and the Willmar Area Community Foundation. They held a food drive for the Willmar Area Food Shelf. The St. Cloud accounting team helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
WILLMAR -- In the span of one year, the amount of uncompensated care at Rice Memorial Hospital has almost doubled.
WILLMAR -- Each year, every single one of the nine family medicine doctors at Family Practice Medical Center rolls up his or her sleeve for a flu shot. The annual vaccine is offered to the rest of the staff too, and more than 90 percent take it, says Stacey Zondervan, pat-ient services supervisor. "They realize the importance of not sprea-ding the flu virus," she said. For the past mo-nth, local health pr-oviders ha-ve been busy doling out the flu vaccine to their employees. Reaching this group is increasingly seen as critical. Health care workers who aren't vaccinated can spread influenz
WILLMAR -- For Bill Taunton, the first five years after his beloved wife, Carol, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease were "the best time of my life." The couple spent long hours together at their retirement home in Arizona. They went for walks in the mountains. They had brunch with friends. Even under the shadow of dementia, "it was a beautiful time," Taunton said. "We walked. We talked. Carol and I spent more time together, more time having fun." The last five years, as the disease progressed and Carol's mind and body wasted away, were the hardest. When she died on Sept.
All the numbers indicate a community-owned grocery store in downtown Willmar has a good cha-nce of being successful -- but more members will be needed, and soon, for the project to continue moving ahead. Organizers said Tuesday that they're launching an aggressive membership drive this fall. At least 400 owner-members are needed before the project can secure capital, said Linda Mathiasen, a member of the organizing board of the community-owned grocery. "We're at the critical stage," she said. The project was outlined at a public forum Tuesday night that was attended by about a dozen people
WILLMAR -- After Claire Verch's 21-year-old brother, Neal deCathelineau, died by suicide on April 3, 2004, she vowed she would not be ashamed of how he died. "For me, that was a turning point," she said. Organizers hope to shine a light on suicide at the region's first "Out of the Darkness" community walk on Saturday. The event, co-hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will raise money for research, prevention and education.
On Saturday morning, Nan Karr Kaufenberg will pack up a collection of her original block prints and set up shop in one of the tents lining Becker Avenue in downtown Willmar. Kaufenberg, an artist from Redwood Falls, is among the dozens of artists who will be showcased this weekend at the annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival. Vendor exhibits, street-corner concerts and activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.