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WILLMAR -- Many in the area are familiar with the egg rolls Cristy Gantinao-Rieland and her sons sell at the Farmers Market each summer in Willmar. Now, her homemade Philippine cooking will be available all year. Gantinao-Rieland has opened Cristy and Sons, operating out of the commercial kitchen at the Willmar Area Multicultural Market in downtown Willmar. She offers full meals and egg rolls for takeout or delivery two days a week, The WAMM kitchen was developed to help entrepreneurs get their small businesses off the ground.
Bob the fish wasn't doing so well. He was cold, because the beaker that served as his fish bowl was sitting in a pan full of snow. His breathing had slowed, and he didn't move around as much. If a goldfish can seem unhappy, he did.
Proposed new federal nutrition guidelines proposed Thursday seem to incorporate some things Willmar has done for some time. School meals at the Willmar Public Schools have featured whole grain breads, low-fat dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables for years. Annette Derouin, director of food and nutrition services, co-uld not be reached Thursday, but she has spoken with the Tribune in the past about her efforts to maintain quality in the breakfasts and lunches that she serves.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Public Schools Foundation may become an affiliate of the Willmar Area Community Foundation. Representatives of the community foundation met with the school foundation board this week. Dean Anderson, director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation, and Ken Behm, a board member, spoke with the school foundation board members about developing a formal relationship.
It's easy to use a debit or check card for everyday expenses, but you need to stay on top of it. "You've got to make sure, if you're using a check card, yo-u're using a register," Shane Jo-hnson of Bremer Bank told juniors and seniors Tuesday at Co-mmunity Christian School. It's easy to forget to enter tra-nsactions and drain a checking account, Johnson told them. If that happens, it can affect a credit report.
WILLMAR -- Attendance boundaries for Kennedy and Roosevelt elementary schools in Willmar could be re-designed this spring, depending on enrollment patterns. Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard told the Willmar School Board on Monday that he will be studying housing and population shifts to decide if new boundaries are needed. No decisions will be made until spring, after more board discussion, he said. Currently, each of the schools has about 900 students. "That's more than I wanted at Roosevelt," Kjergaard said.
First of all, you need a good jacket, with a hood. The hood is important, because it keeps your neck from getting cold and keeps cold air from going down your neck. And remember -- layers, layers, layers. If you want advice on staying comfortable outdoors in the winter, talk to the people watching over a sea of children at a school playground. The children come and go from recess at 15-minute intervals, but Rita Phillips and her coworkers are outside on their feet for most of the three hours it takes to cycle all of Kennedy Elementary's 900 students through lunch and recess. "Keeping the
WILLMAR -- People who are thinking about giving up tobacco will want to make the move soon to take advantage of the QUITPLAN counseling program. QUITPLAN centers at Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar, Redwood Falls and Marshall will stop accepting new participants on April 1, Andrea Carruthers, ACMC care improvement coordinator, said Thursday. The centers currently offer one-on-one tobacco cessation counseling. Counseling will continue in April and May for those who sign up by April 1.
WILLMAR -- If you have something to say about local news, state politics or sports, the West Central Tribune wants to hear from you. In addition to the traditional letters to the editor and the AreaVoices.com link on the website, the Tribune has a page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westcentraltribune . The Facebook page will give you a chance to comment on some of the top local and state stories of the day. Sometimes we'll ask a question to try to get a conversation going.
WILLMAR -- In his inaugural speech Monday, Gov. Mark Dayton asked Minnesotans to work together to solve the state's budget problems, which include a $6.2 billion projected budget deficit. One of his suggestions was that businesses should adopt the schools in their communities. In his speech, Dayton asked every business in the state to adopt a school -- "A little money, a lot of help, technical expertise, remedial reading volunteers, adult mentors, new books, used computers.