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WILLMAR – Hormel Foods has named Steve Lykken as the new president of Jennie-O Turkey Store, as current president Glenn Leitch becomes the executive vice president of Hormel’s supply chain. “Steve has a strong track record of success in the food industry, especially given his tenure at Jennie-O Turkey Store,” said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods, in a news release announcing the leadership changes.
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital will officially be part of Carris Health, a subsidiary of CentraCare Health, as the Willmar City Council unanimously approved the lease and affiliation agreement with the nonprofit healthcare provider. Rice, along with Willmar Medical Services and Affiliated Community Medical Centers, will form Carris Health through the affiliation agreement. The vote Monday to approve the lease and affiliation was 7-0. Counselor Rick Fagerlie was absent. A vote to convert the hospital bonds to qualified 501(c)3 bonds also passed unanimously.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council could make a decision Monday on the Rice Memorial Hospital lease and affiliation agreement with Carris Health during the regular meeting. The meeting, which this week will be held in the multipurpose room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building, will begin at 7 p.m. A public hearing on the lease is scheduled for approximately 7:01 p.m., during the meeting, with council consideration of the documents to follow.
WILLMAR — The holiday season will kick-off in Willmar Saturday evening as the city's Holidaze celebration marks its 15th anniversary. "It should be a lot of fun," said James Miller, member of the Willmar Fests board of directors. Started in 2002, Holidaze is now being run by Willmar Fests, who stepped up earlier this fall after Willmar Downtown Development decided it could no longer put the community favorite event on for the public. "We wanted to keep this tradition running," Miller said.
WILLMAR — The goal of Tuesday's special meeting of the Willmar City Council was to give the public another opportunity to comment on the proposed lease and affiliation of Rice Memorial Hospital to Carris Health, a new subsidiary of CentraCare Health. Instead, the meeting was mostly taken up by discussion of the increase in health insurance premiums being handed down to Rice employees. According to employees who spoke Tuesday, some are seeing increases of hundreds of dollars a month starting next year.
WILLMAR — Leon Muller, 73, of Willmar passed away Tuesday after suffering a medical issue while driving and being involved in a two-vehicle crash on East Highway 12 in Willmar at around 3:30 p.m. The Willmar Police Department said it is unclear whether Muller died from the medical issue or from injuries received during the crash. Emergency responders to the scene began CPR on Muller and he was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
WILLMAR – Leon Muller, 73, of Willmar, died Tuesday after suffering a medical issue while driving and being involved in a two-vehicle crash at around 3:30 p.m.Tuesday on U.S. Highway 12 East in Willmar. The Willmar Police Department said it is unclear whether Muller died from the medical issue or from injuries received during the crash. Emergency responders to the scene began CPR on Muller and he was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, where he was pronounced deceased.
WILLMAR — There will be an informational open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Municipal Airport to give the public an opportunity to learn about the Airport Master Plan. There will be information and display boards for the public to review, along with a presentation. Airport staff and members will also be on hand to answer questions. The master plan will lay out the short-, mid-, and long-term development plans for the airport.
WILLMAR — If approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Willmar could have over $1 million available to help home and business owners fund needed rehab projects on their properties. The target area for residential properties is north of Pacific Avenue Southwest to Park Avenue Northwest and from 17th Street Northwest to just east of Seventh Street Northwest. Businesses could be eligible for assistance in the commercial target area of Pacific Avenue Southwest to Trott Avenue Southwest and from First Street South to Seventh Street Southwest.