WILLMAR — West Central Tribune staffers are preparing to produce the annual Thanksgiving holiday newspaper Wednesday with its dozens of advertisements, inserts and coupons. The mailroom began working nearly two weeks ago on assembling the many inserts and coupons that will be part of the 2016 holiday newspaper. "The abundance of advertising in our holiday newspaper Wednesday is a testament to the continued power of our attractive reading clientele," said Steve Ammermann, Tribune publisher.
WILLMAR — The housing market in Willmar is still showing signs of life as winter sets in. In October there was a 3.4 percent increase in new listings and a 9.5 percent increase in closed sales, according to the West Central Association of Realtors. The median sales price dropped 4.2 percent in October. Another positive in October was a 11.9 percent increase in the number of homes for sale, with a 3.4 percent increase in new listings. Houses are staying on the market an average of 117 days, an 8.6 percent drop over the same time last year.
A Murdock teen and her juvenile passenger were injured Monday morning in a rear-end crash on Highway 12. Alexis K. Ahl, 17, and Mercedes R. Ahl, 11, were transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with non-life threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. The crash happened just after 8 a.m. on Highway 12 near Murdock. The Patrol says 29-year-old Jason Losing, of Atwater, had been driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado on Highway 12.
WILLMAR — Lori Dunham Morton is the new clinical director at Woodland Centers. For the past 24 years Morton has worked for Woodland Centers, most recently holding the position as unit director of Outpatient Clinical Services, along with providing psychological assessments and individual, family and group therapy. Morton also serves as the representative to local agencies, explaining the mental health needs of adults, children and families in the region. She holds a master's degree in community counseling and is a licensed psychologist.
WILLMAR — Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar has announced the promotion of Jennifer Johnson to manager of basic processing/raw materials. Johnson has been with Jennie-O since 2008. Johnson started as an intern before serving as a staff accountant, breeder/hatchery accountant and most recently the revenue finance analyst for the retail sales team. Johnson is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
WILLMAR — ACMC Health has awarded Dr. David Newcomer its 2016 ACMC Physician Excellence Award. Newcomer is an internal medicine physician and joined Affiliated Community Medical Centers in 1998. He is board certified in internal medicine, hospice and palliative care. He serves as the medical director for Rice Memorial Hospital. Newcomer has also been the internal medicine department chair and ICU Medical Director at Rice. He just recently ended a nine-year role as ACMC's Chief Medical Officer and has returned to his practice full time.
HOLLOWAY — Public comments are being sought on a proposed hog farm in Swift County that is planning to double in size. Spring Valley Farms plans to add a second, 2,100-head finishing barn at The Pit Stop farm for a total of 4,200 head. The farm is located in Section 4 of Fairfield Township northeast of Holloway. An environmental assessment worksheet prepared by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is open for public comment until 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
This is the records summary for Nov. 21. Over 60 crashes, other mishaps in Kandiyohi County due to snowstorm WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Willmar Police Department responded to over 60 reports of vehicle crashes and vehicles off the road between 8 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday due to Friday's snowstorm, several with injuries. Crash reports increased as the day went on, most occurring Friday afternoon.
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