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Okland joins RE/MAX Today's Properties

LITCHFIELD -- Bob Okland has joined RE/MAX Today's Properties as a sales associate in the Litchfield office at 309 N. Sibley. He successfully completed the Kaplan Professional Schools for Principles of Minnesota Real Estate and Practices of Minnesota Real Estate.

He obtained his Minnesota real estate license and is licensed to transact real estate business statewide. Okland graduated from the Willmar Public Schools and worked in the Willmar area all his life.

RE/MAX Today's Properties is affiliated with RE/MAX North Central and RE/MAX International. Since its inception in 1985, RE/MAX North Central has grown to nearly 200 offices with more than 2,100 sales associates in Minnesota and Wisconsin, providing residential and commercial real estate and relocation and referral services.

Quilted4You obtains SWIF loan

NEW LONDON -- Quilted4You, owned by Nyla Fifield, recently received loan assistance from the Southwest Initiative Foundation's Microenterprise Loan Program to open a long-arm quilting machine business in downtown New London. Her shop will be located at 28 Main St. S.

Fifield has been quilting for nearly 30 years and served as president and program director for Country Quilters, a long-standing area quilting group. She knows the area quilt shops and the needs of quilters.

The computerized machine purchased by Fifield has the ability to download quilting patterns and customize those patterns for clients. She will begin accepting orders on March 16. Her number is 320-894-3219.

"Nyla is taking her life-long love of quilting and turning a pastime activity into a business,'' said Kurt Thompson, SWIF microenterprise program officer. "She has done a good job of planning and we are excited to assist her with this project.''

Going Places

* Jeff Melby, owner of Play It Again Sports of Willmar, has returned to the area after attending the company's winter conference and trade show at the Paris Hotel and Casino Feb. 14-17 in Las Vegas.

Attendees received detailed reports on the state of snow sports, hockey, soccer, and football markets. Speakers discussed how store owners can identify the needs of local sports teams and provide affordable equipment solutions to parents.

City of Willmar Building Permits

Feb. 1 to 26, 2010

Don Williamson, 2721 15th St. S.W., remove house and barn from property, $0.00.

Tayler and Diane Sing, 110 Gay St. S.E., remove storage addition from existing garage, $0.00.

Tayler and Diane Sing, 110 Gay St. S.E., renovate 7-unit apartment building, $10,000.

Lee Schroeder, 905 Third St. S.W., install interior drainage system, $4,446.

Steve Ahmann, 613 Lakeland Dr. S.E., insulate storage building, $1,000.

Baker Brothers LLC, 233 Benson Ave. S.E., install auto paint spray booth and fire suppression, $9,987.

All information is from the City of Willmar Building Inspection Report. The value of the project is rounded to the nearest dollar. Building removals have no dollar value.