WILLMAR — Robert E. Anderson of Willmar has received the 39th Willmar Kiwanis Touch A Life Award. Anderson, a graduate of Mankato State University, is an educator. He taught industrial arts/technology at Willmar Senior High School for over 30 years. He coached industrial technology teams that competed at the state level. He coached the swimming team for several years and was the advisor to the Willmar Senior High School Key Club for over 10 years. The Touch-A-Life Award is given in recognition of Bob's community service, particularly the following:
DASSEL -- A 21-year-old man was hospitalized early Wednesday after a head-on crash with a semi truck on U.S. Highway 12 east of Dassel. The crash happened around 1:40 a.m. Jaden Armondo Ritz, of Minneapolis, had been driving a 2013 Ford Escape west on the highway. Near 745th Avenue, he crossed the centerline of the highway and struck a semi truck head-on, according to the State Patrol.
This is the records summary for Jan. 18. Suspicious person KANDIYOHI — Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, a woman on the 8900 block of 30th Avenue Northeast in rural Kandiyohi reported seeing people walking near storage sheds that she owned. The woman told Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies she was unsure if she had seen people, that it could have just been objects. Deputies checked the area but did not locate any people. They noted hearing coyotes howling very close and seeing fresh tracks. Weapons complaint
WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Health recently re-designated Rice Memorial Hospital as a Level III trauma hospital. The designation process included an outside review of the hospital's resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Rice Memorial Hospital met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources, and staff training. The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.
WILLMAR — Abby Christensen has joined Compassionate Cottage of Willmar as the activities coordinator and assistant housing director. A Willmar Senior High School graduate, Christensen earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southwest Minnesota State University. In 2014 she earned her activity director's certification and her social services designee in 2016.
WILLMAR — Abdirisack Ali has been promoted by Jennie-O Turkey Store. He is now a supervisor on the second shift at the Willmar Avenue Plant. Most recently Ali was a supervisor trainee. In his new position Ali will be supervising a large crew and making sure they maintain safety.
WILLMAR — Becky Knake has been promoted to the position of imaging informatics manager at Willmar Imaging Services, a joint venture between ACMC and Rice Memorial Hospital. In her new role, Knake will assist with daily management of staff and department operations, training and development. Knake has worked at Willmar Imaging Services for nine years, in an imaging support role. She has just completed her bachelor's in information technology degree with a focus on management.
LITCHFIELD — Dr. Patricia I. Freund is now seeing patients at the Meeker Memorial Clinic in Dassel. Freund brings a strong clinical background and team approach to area residents, having served for the past seven years as a full-time family practice physician at the Affiliated Community Medical Centers Litchfield East Clinic and as an active medical staff physician for Meeker Memorial Hospital caring for patients admitted to the hospital.
WILLMAR — Mauricio Aguilar has accepted a position as a production supervisor trainee with Jennie-O Turkey Store. Aguilar has a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering and a master's with a focus on project management. Before coming to Willmar, Mauricio worked in the garment industry in Honduras, supervising apparel assembly and production. He worked in project management for KM2 Solutions. He has experience in industrial engineering and project management.
BENSON — Jenny Harvell has been promoted to assistant area supervisor for the Jennie-O Turkey Store Benson Area Grow Out. Harvell has previously worked at the Henning brood farm and the Toddco brood farm as the farm manager. Harvell's team at Toddco had great results in growing salmonella-free poults.