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NEW LONDON -- Two towns, separated by just a few miles, will be linked on Sunday by people standing hand-in-hand in prayer. Uttered precisely, and in unison, at 4:06 p.m. along a three-mile stretch of the Glacial Lakes Recreation Trail between New London and Spicer, the prayer will ask for protection and guidance for the community's youth. It will take 3,690 people, standing 4 feet apart, to successfully stretch between the towns.
WILLMAR -- A new era in mental health care began Tuesday with the groundbreaking of a $2.2 million, 16-bed community behavioral health hospital in Willmar. A coalition of partners, including representatives from Kandiyohi County that will own the facility and the state that will lease the building and operate the program, huddled under a tent in an afternoon drizzle to commemorate the occasion.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners agreed to give Gary Ellingson an additional nine months to clean up nearly 75 vehicles on his farm property in Norway Lake Township, in rural Brooten. Jeff Bredberg, the county's solid waste officer, said Ellingson is in clear violation of the nuisance ordinance for the area zoned for agriculture. The ordinance allows a property owner to have three unlicensed vehicles outside.
CLARA CITY -- Jason Zimmer was watching the soybean yield monitor in his 9600 John Deere combine Friday afternoon jump from 35 bushes to 65 bushes an acre. On the low grounds the yield was good. On the hills -- not so good. Coming off a two-month drought, west central Minnesota farmers were a little nervous about what they would find in the fields. With harvest moving into full gear this week, farmers are seeing wide variations in yields from field to field, but are pleased with the overall average. "It's a little better than we expected," Zimmer said.
WILLMAR -- Ground-breaking for a 16-bed psychiatric hospital will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Willmar. The public is invited to attend the half-hour ceremony, which will take place at the construction site, 1208 Olena Ave. S.E., located near the YMCA. The community behavioral health hospital will provide short-term residential treatment for adults with mental illness.
Updated: Added links to slideshows of WRTC Celebration and WRTC History; and PDF of handout distributed at the event. Emily Mikes shook a lot of hands and got a lot of hugs on Wednesday. With nearly 30 years as a registered nurse at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center and, more recently, at the new community behavioral health hospital in Cold Spring, Mikes has worked with many people.
WILLMAR -- Ever since it was authorized by the Minnesota Legislature in 1907, the facility that most people know as the Willmar Regional Treatment Center has been changing. From its start as the Willmar Hospital Farm for Inebriates in 1912 with just 37 patients, to its growth to a peak population of 1,483 in the 1950s, to the present day when most of the campus is now a private technology business, the buildings, staff, patients and purpose of the facility have been constantly evolving. The campus of today would be unrecognizable to the first men and women who worked on the farm while underg
A 26-page history of the Willmar Regional Treatment Center has been written and will be distributed during a Department of Human Services celebration Wednesday. The event will take place from 2 - 4 p.m. in the former rehab building on the campus. The following are excerpts taken from the document. The past: - April 22, 1907, the Minnesota Legislature passed an act authorizing establishment of a State Hospital Farm for Inebriates.
Ever since it was authorized by the Minnesota Legislature in 1907, the facility that most people today know as the Willmar Regional Treatment Center, has been chang-ing. Built on an open farm field north of town, the Willmar Hospital Farm for Inebriates opened in 1912 with just 37 patients. Their treatment included working on the self-sustaining farm where oats, barley, corn, timothy, vegetables and livestock where raised.
WILLMAR -- A new information Web site that was lunched this week will make it easier for commuters and visitors to reach their destinations in Minnesota by using alternative forms of transportation. Whether it's rural bus systems in western Minnesota or the light-rail line in Minneapolis, information for all the choices in the state is now available in one online location. Called "Arrive Minnesota," the umbrella program "brings everyone together," said Aaron Gaul, program coordinator.