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City Council extends deadline for plans to repair building
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has extended the deadline for the owner of the downtown John's Supper Club to have plans prepared for repairing...
November 21, 2009 - 12:00am
November 3, 2009
No salary hike for top city officials and dept. heads
WILLMAR -- There will be no cost-of-living salary increases for top city officials, department heads, first-line supervisors and confidential employees in 2010, the Willmar City Council has decided. The council voted Monday to extend the current terms and conditions of the employment...
November 3, 2009 - 12:00am
October 31, 2009
Committee recommends City Council declare church unsafe
WILLMAR -- The City Council's Community Development Committee will be asking the council to declare the Mahanaim Assamblea de Dios Church at 707 Litchfield Ave. S.W.
October 31, 2009 - 12:00am
October 21, 2009
Council sets hearing on ordinance to allow small wind turbines in areas around the city
WILLMAR -- Small wind turbines would be allowed to generate "green'' power in residential, commercial or industrial areas under an ordinance initiated by the Willmar Planning Commission. The purpose of the Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance, as it was approved by the Planning...
October 21, 2009 - 12:00am
October 8, 2009
City Council sets deadline for John's Supper Club repairs
WILLMAR -- Paul Kidrowski says he will move forward with repairing the fire-damaged John's Supper Club building that he and his wife Trudy own...
October 8, 2009 - 12:00am
September 24, 2009
City Council members favor veto power over MUC, Rice Board
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members told the Charter Commission on Wednesday that they support City Charter provisions that give the council...
September 24, 2009 - 12:00am
September 14, 2009
City officials OK with leasing local baseball stadium for 34 games
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council is supporting the concept of a five-year lease with the Northwoods League baseball organization of Rochester for 34-game use of Taunton Stadium. The council approved the lease concept Tuesday night and authorized city staff to make the necessary...
September 14, 2009 - 12:00am
August 18, 2009
City says street can close for St. Mary's activities
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted 4-3 Monday to close two blocks of Kandiyohi Avenue Southwest for a St.
August 18, 2009 - 12:00am
August 5, 2009
Willmar City Council accepts almost $50K in federal grant funding for public security cameras
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office will use a $48,394 federal grant to buy and install security cameras in public places to protect public infrastructure from criminal activity. The county will receive two cameras and the city from seven...
August 5, 2009 - 12:00am
August 1, 2009
Downtown garbage can problem discussed after local organization seeking legal remedy for the issue
WILLMAR -- A City Council committee is suggesting a downtown group modify its garbage cans to discourage renters from placing their household garbage in the cans instead of receptacles provided by landlords. The suggestion was offered by members of the Committee Development Committee...
August 1, 2009 - 12:00am
July 21, 2009
Willmar City Council backs filling police officer, engineering openings
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted Monday night to fill a police department patrol officer position and an engineering department technician/surveyor position. Although the city has a hiring freeze due to state aid cuts late last year, this year and projected in 2010, the...
July 21, 2009 - 12:00am
June 4, 2009
Bethesda seeks city support for financing major expansion project
WILLMAR -- Bethesda Health and Housing is asking the city of Willmar to act as a conduit to issue tax-exempt bonds to finance construction of...
June 4, 2009 - 12:00am
May 7, 2009
Willmar City Council approves $20K relocation payment to new CEO at Rice Memorial Hospital
WILLMAR -- Rice Hospital Board's decision to make a relocation assistance payment to incoming chief executive officer Michael Schramm of Litchfield...
May 7, 2009 - 12:00am
April 24, 2009
Willmar City Council invites KRA officials to meeting to discuss racetrack issues
WILLMAR -- City officials will invite Kandi Racing Association representatives to the next City Council Community Development Committee meeting to discuss what residents living near the north side racetrack say are violations of a gentlemen's agreement that set race ending times. The...
April 24, 2009 - 12:00am
April 20, 2009
Residents cite 'reneging' on speedway agreement
WILLMAR -- North side residents say there's been some reneging on a "gentlemen's agreement'' reached about five years ago that set closing times...
April 20, 2009 - 12:00am