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KRA presents annual report to City Council committee

WILLMAR -- The Kandi Racing Association had a good year at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds race track in 2009. KRA spokesmen say all races were completed before or at curfew times, attendance was good and drivers participated from as far away as Eau Claire, Wis., and eastern North and South Dakota.

"We had a good year, surprising with the economy. We were very fortunate,'' said Charlie Nelson of Willmar, who with KRA President Layne Roberts presented the racing association's annual report Thursday afternoon to the Willmar City Council's Community Development Committee.

"We hope to keep the lines of communication open,'' Roberts said.

KRA held 19 races from May through September. Two race dates were rained out. Races are again scheduled from May through September in 2010.

Under a contract between KRA and the Kandiyohi County Fair Association, races in May are to be finished by 10:15 p.m. and no heats start after 10:05 p.m. Races during the remainder of the year are to be completed by 10:45 p.m.

Last year, KRA members agreed to keep a diary of ending times, and the association held to its contract. "We got the races done on time,'' said Nelson. "We made up our minds.''

Roberts said KRA probably runs the most successful track within a hundred miles. He chalked up the track's success to volunteers, and appreciation shown to drivers by the association and by local restaurants and merchants where racers spend their money while in town.

They said KRA works on dust control and noise. In response to criticism last year about mud from the track on nearby streets, drivers are required to drive their vehicles through the fairgrounds to remove mud when leaving the track, said Nelson and Roberts.

The report said seven organizations received donations last year for helping KRA run and sell concessions. Nelson and Roberts said they were not aware of any complaints. Roberts said KRA has no plans to sell alcohol at the track.

David Little
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