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WILLMAR - The Rice Memorial Hospital board of directors approved a series of agreements Monday for creating a new entity to deliver health care services to the region in partnership with Affiliated Community Medical Centers and CentraCare Health. The new entity, to be known as Carris Health, will operate as a subsidiary of CentraCare Health. Members of the Rice Hospital Board voted unanimously
ST. PAUL — Willmar Police Officer Marco Vazquez and Officer Anthony Haycraft have been identified as the officers who fired their guns Sunday when responding to a report of a suicidal male in northwest Willmar. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension named the officers in a news release Tuesday evening as well as the man who was injured: Matthew David Smith, 46. The BCA said Smith remains hospitalized at St. Cloud Hospital but gave no details about his injuries or condition.
Question: So I lost my driver's license. Physically, misplaced it and searched high and low and no luck and couldn't find it anywhere. I went to Driver and Vehicle Services and applied for a new one, and after a while got it in the mail. Now, several months later, I found my old one. So I now have two driver's licenses and both are valid and expire on the same date. What should I and can I do here?
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council will conduct three public hearings at the beginning of the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W.
Correction A secondary headline published Wednesday with a story about the delay in the sale of bonds for a broadband project was incorrect. Consolidated Telecommunications Co. needs 50 percent of the estimated 1,600 potential home and business customers in the Kandiyohi County project area to sign up in advance before moving ahead with construction of fiber lines. By noon Wednesday, sign-up was at 44 percent of the 800 needed.
An entry in the Records section published Jan. 31 misstated the location where a semi truck carrying live turkeys tipped over Jan. 30. It should have said that the crash happened when driver Edgardo Diaz attempted to turn south onto Kandiyohi County Road 5 from Kandiyohi County Road 25.
Cardiac arrest patients who get cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander at the scene may have better survival odds even when an ambulance takes a long time to arrive, a Danish study suggests. Researchers examined data on 7,623 cardiac arrest patients and found when an ambulance arrived within five minutes of a 911 call, patients were 2.3 times more likely to survive at least 30 days if they received bystander CPR than if they didn't get this aid at the scene.
Question: I enjoy reading your column. I have been driving for a number of years but still get confused as to what all the white road markings mean. I know what the white dashes on a road/highway mean — OK to pass. But what do solid white lines mean, particularly if they are on a three-lane highway? Also, what do the intermittent white "bricks" mean? What do narrowly spaced white lines mean verses widely spaced white double lines. Thanks for your help! Answer: White lines separate lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.
Most American teenagers don't get enough exercise, and they often stick with their sedentary ways as they enter adulthood, a U.S. study suggests. More than 9 in 10 adolescents fail to get the minimum 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics.
CLARA CITY—A Paynesville woman was injured in a collision Friday evening at the intersection of state Highways 23 and 7 in Clara City. According to the State Patrol report, Veronica M. Kunstleben, 72, was northbound in a Ford Taurus on Highway 23. A Dodge Ram pickup driven by Phillip P. Schmidt, 33 , of Shakopee was westbound on Highway 7 and the two collided. Kunstleben was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with what were described by the State Patrol as non-life-threatening injuries.