technology

With first-in-world tech, Spicer engineers on cusp of revolutionizing 3D printing industry

February 18, 2020

With first-in-world tech, Spicer engineers on cusp of revolutionizing 3D printing industry
Two-thousand miles removed from the tech hubs of Silicon Valley and an ocean away from the burgeoning markets of Beijing, the small town of Spicer is about the last place one would expect to find the frontline of fabrication. But tucked behind rows of oak trees at the end of a winding wooded driveway, in an otherwise unassuming building all 113th Ave NE, a trio of engineering brothers are, quite literally, developing the “cutting edge” of 3D printing as the manufacturing industry knows

Kandiyohi County Jail gets technology upgrades

December 4, 2018

Kandiyohi County Jail gets technology upgrades
WILLMAR—From the control room in the heart of the Kandiyohi County Jail, correctional officer Alii Holt has a video’s-eye view of of the facility: corridors, cell blocks and the outside perimeter. An array of screens allows Holt and the rest of the jail staff to monitor activity throughout the building. They can track who’s entering and leaving, they can zoom in if they spot the beginnings of an altercation and send officers to respond. Installation of the new camera system was recently

Feasibility study supports need for rural broadband in Kandiyohi County

August 16, 2016

Feasibility study supports need for rural broadband in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR—Expanding broadband to all the areas of Kandiyohi County that are unserved or underserved will cost an estimated $60 million to $68 million, a feasibility study has concluded. The study also found significant demand for better broadband in rural Kandiyohi County and ripe opportunities for addressing what has long been seen as a critical infrastructure need. “There is great support in the county for the project,” said Blake Griffin, an engineer with Communication Network Engineering,

Minnwest campus to welcome new tenants

March 25, 2016

WILLMAR—The Willmar Planning Commission reviewed and approved the plans for two new tenants on the MinnWest Technology Campus Wednesday. Moving in are Speer Medical Technologies and Owens & Company. Speer Medical Technologies is headed by Dr. Tod Speer, an oncologist. He will be doing medical research with other research and development firms at MinnWest and the Mid Central Research and Outreach Center. Speer has focused on designing cancer therapeutics and has grant requests to investigate

Robotic-assisted technology introduced to Rice Hospital

January 19, 2016

Robotic-assisted technology introduced to Rice Hospital
WILLMAR—When Dr. Thomas Lange removes a patient’s gall bladder or Dr. Jennifer Lee-Pentz performs a simple hysterectomy, their snips and sutures are careful, dexterous and precise. Except they’re not standing directly over the patient. They’re a few feet away, using robotic technology to perform the surgery. Rice Memorial Hospital introduced robotic-assisted surgery last summer for a handful of selected procedures. As local use of the technology slowly grows, hospital officials hope it will