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LITCHFIELD—Meeker Memorial Hospital implemented visitor restrictions Thursday to protect patients, staff and the community from the spread of influenza. The restrictions are in effect until further notice and are subject to change. Among the restrictions: Parents are recommended not to bring their children to visit hospital patients. No one under 18 is allowed to visit the Birth Center at this time, with the exception of siblings. For anyone with symptoms such as scratchy throat, fever, cough and body aches, a mask is required to visit patients.
WILLMAR — They're a familiar sight on most farms: bale wraps, silage and forage bags, bunker wraps, films for protecting greenhouses and hoophouses — all made of plastic. Although the use of agricultural plastic has been on the rise for the past decade, farmers have had few options for disposing of it other than burning it or bringing it to a landfill. That's about to change with the introduction of a regional service that will collect the plastic and recycle it.
WILLMAR — Emily Piper, Minnesota Commissioner of Human Services, outlined the need Wednesday for a new children's psychiatric hospital in Willmar and assured staff that her department will advocate for legislative action on funding. "I want it to be a state-of-the-art facility for kids and the people who work here," Piper said during a meeting at the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services facility on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.
Estes is a border collie and German shepherd mix dog that arrived from a rescue group. This 7-month-old female knows some of the basic commands and is good with most other dogs. If you are looking for an affectionate four-legged friend that will likely be right by your side, Ester is it. Her ideal day would consist of some outside time, playing with toys, getting petted, and then treats. Estes is eager to learn and a quick study.
WILLMAR — A pilot project to operate a county-sponsored decontamination site will continue this year in Kandiyohi County's ongoing battle to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The County Board of Commissioners approved a new one-year contract Tuesday with 4 Seasons Lawn and Beach Services of Spicer to provide the free service again this summer. County officials said they hope the public will take advantage of it.
WILLMAR — Calvary Lutheran Church has purchased the Bethesda Heritage property, with plans to use it for future development. The building and grounds went up for sale last year when Bethesda completed construction of new skilled-care beds at its Pleasant View campus. Residents and staff from Bethesda Heritage moved to their new location on Willmar Avenue, now known as Bethesda Grand, in September.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. On the agenda are action on a contract with 4 Seasons Lawn and Beach Services to operate an aquatic invasive species decontamination site and consideration of a lease with Rice Memorial Hospital for Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad space. The board also will have discussion on a ditch levy proposal for 2017.
WILLMAR — Local leaders greeted the announcement of broadband grant funds Wednesday with enthusiasm, calling it good news for rural Kandiyohi County. Two projects in Kandiyohi County made the list of recipients of border-to-border technology infrastructure development grants, announced Wednesday by state officials. Consolidated Telecommunications Co. will receive $4.94 million to improve high-speed internet services in a rural neighborhood that includes the New London, Spicer and Willmar areas. The grant was the largest to be awarded.
The first few days of life for Blaze, Cassian and Jyn were a challenge that these three kittens conquered. At about the age of 2 days, they were separated from their mom and came to the shelter cold to the touch. After reuniting with mom, getting warmed up and feeding, they have continued to thrive.