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WILLMAR -- Two measles cases in Dakota County this past month have prompted local health officials to reiterate the importance of keeping children up to date with their shots. The Dakota County cases involve two children, ages 12 months and 15 months, the Minnesota Department of Health reported late last week. Both youngsters are hospitalized, one in critical condition. Neither had been vaccinated against measles, the Health Department said. It's the second time this year that measles has appeared in the state.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County has joined forces with a statewide initiative to bring together early-stage entrepreneurs and financial backers, a move that's expected not only to spur economic growth but also to beef up Minnesota's capacity in the technology sector. The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is one of more than a dozen organizations across the state that are partnering with the nonprofit Minnesota Angel Network. The EDC also has been named one of three intake sites in Minnesota for connecting emerging new companies with the resources of the statewi
WILLMAR -- One month after the state government shutdown ended and a budget agreement was reached, Minnesota's hospitals are assessing the potential impact on their finances. Numbers are still being crunched for individual hospitals.
WILLMAR -- Every fall Karen Kaufenberg, the school nurse at Ridgewater College, used to visit campus classrooms to encourage students to donate blood. One of the best ways to catch their attention was to give a real-life example of someone whose life was saved because of donated blood. "When you tell things like that, that's pretty powerful," Kaufenberg said.
WILLMAR -- The former Washington Learning Center is about to undergo a remake into a maintenance and storage facility for the building's new owner, Affiliated Community Medical Centers. ACMC hasn't yet moved into the building, which adjoins the west side of the Willmar clinic's main site. Crews have been busy removing asbestos, which has been found mostly in pipe insulation in the walls and ceiling, as well as in some floor tiles, said Terry Tone, administrator of ACMC. "We're not totally complete yet," he said.
WILLMAR -- There's been little movement forward on a proposal to study future parking needs in downtown Willmar, but the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission remains supportive of the idea. The EDC also is prepared to consider sharing the cost if and when the study is approved.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Spay/Neuter Assistance Program is making its third visit to Willmar next month, offering low-cost spay-neuter surgery for pets whose owners meet income guidelines. The mobile service will be at Hawk Creek Animal Shelter on Sept. 13. Several of the appointment slots have already been filled but there's still room on the schedule for cats. This is the third time this year the mobile program, which includes a traveling vehicle and surgery team, has come to Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Formal charges were filed Monday against a Willmar woman who allegedly brought a 20-inch machete to the farmers market Saturday and threatened one of the vendors with the bladed weapon. Betty Denice Reveles, 50, was charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with second-degree assault and making terroristic threats, both of which are felonies, and disorderly co-nduct, a misdemeanor. A public def-ender will be appointed for her. Judge Donald Spilseth agreed Monday to release her on her own recognizance but stipulated several conditions.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital has adopted a set of budget assumptions for 2012 that are optimistic yet cautious. Although the city-owned hospital is seeing solid patient volume and a positive financial performance this year, there's considerable uncertainty surrounding health care, say hospital officials. The state budget passed last month by the Minnesota Legislature contains a 10 percent reduction in reimbursement for Medicaid, the publicly funded health program for the poor. "We do know what's coming ahead," said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Hospital.
WILLMAR -- It was a pivotal moment in local history when the nine physicians with the Lakeland Medical Center and the nine physicians with the Willmar Clinic gathered four decades ago to vote on a merger. Dr.