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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. The commissioners are slated to take formal action to enter into county-based purchasing for Medicaid and MinnesotaCare services and join the PrimeWest Health consortium. Action also is pending on the 2019 budget for the Glacial Lakes Sanitary Sewer and Water District.
WILLMAR — A search is underway for a new Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services director to replace Ann Stehn, who is departing for another position. Stehn's resignation was announced earlier this month. She has accepted an administrative position with Horizon Public Health, a public health agency serving Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties. Her last day with Kandiyohi County is Dec. 14. "She's going to be greatly missed," said Larry Kleindl, Kandiyohi County administrator.
WILLMAR — Tying the knot? Couples seeking a marriage license in Kandiyohi County can turn to their mobile device or desktop to fill out an application. Want to reserve a camping spot at one of the Kandiyohi County parks? Now you can do so online. Ditto for paying property taxes. Technology is seeping into virtually every level of how the county does business. It's what people expect and, increasingly, what they demand, said Larry Kleindl, county administrator. "The public is asking for this," he said.
WILLMAR — When you wait and wait and wait at the pet shelter for someone to adopt you, sometimes you need a little extra push from the humans. A diabetic ginger cat named Clifford has been at Hawk Creek Animal Shelter for over a year. Concerned that his medical needs were an obstacle for potential adopters, the shelter recently received a $1,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help cover the cost of his insulin and prescription food.
WILLMAR — Since the start of the year, more than a dozen new doctors have joined Carris Health in specialties ranging from hospital medicine and anesthesiology to podiatry, urology and ophthalmology. The roster of advanced practice professionals is being swelled with new nurse practitioners and physician assistants. According to Dr. Cindy Smith, Carris Health co-chief executive, the number of new starts is "the highest it's ever been."
WILLMAR — Communication, outreach and prevention were key issues Tuesday night at a forum for the two candidates seeking election as Kandiyohi County Sheriff. Eric Holien and Greg Stehn both pledged to listen to the public's concerns and forge good partnerships with the communities they serve. "We're here to help them. That's our primary purpose," Stehn said. Failure to understand each other is at the root of the demonizing of law enforcement that's happening nationally, Holien said. "We need to get better at serving the community we work for."
Hamlet is a 4-year-old male Lab mix. In spite of his Shakespearean name, this handsome devil is anything but a tragedy. His book of tricks includes sit, shake, and lie down. He loves to be petted, especially on the tummy, and enjoys giving kisses. He's good with most other dogs and walks well on a leash. Stop in and meet Hamlet and the many other adoptable pets at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter, 250 28th St. S.W., Willmar. Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
WILLMAR — A third suspect has been charged for allegedly helping keep a teenager captive in a Willmar apartment, assaulting him and taking his money. Rogelio Esquivel Torres, 30, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court on felony charges of kidnapping for ransom and false imprisonment and a gross misdemeanor charge of check forgery. Two other suspects, 21-year-old Jose Agapito Sanchez and 25-year-old Ashley Connie Marie Valadez, were formally charged in June in connection with the incident.
HECTOR — Collisions with deer aren't unusual on rural highways in west central Minnesota, but a collision with an elk? That's what happened Friday morning on Minnesota Highway 4 a couple miles north of Hector when a bull elk crossed the road into the path of an oncoming car. The unidentified female driver, who was reportedly on her way to work just before 8 a.m., was not injured but her Ford Mustang sustained significant damage.
Sodium is a female 5-month-old Neverland Dwarf/Rex mix. She is a curious little bunny that loves to run around. She enjoys being held and can be quite cuddly. Sodium isn't a fan of other rabbits, so she would rather be by herself and get all your attention. Stop in and meet her and the many other adoptable pets at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter, 250 28th St. S.W., Willmar. Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.