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City prepares to collect yellow bikes next week
Jacob Wetterling is remembered by family and Minnesota
Ford-Carter debate flashback: When the candidates went silent for 27 minutes
Police capture gunman who shot and killed five at Washington state mall
Live stream: Jacob Wetterling funeral service at 10 a.m. today
Brad Pitt expresses sadness over divorce filing
Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt
Ticket prices for Prince tribute concert start at $19.99
Mikko Cowdery, QuadraFeelyAxs performing this weekend in Willmar
19th annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival to be held this weekend
Don E. Miller
Jozy Lyn Saterbak
Pauline M. Chambers
April 7, 2015
Willmar City Council member Steve Ahmann suffers heart attack
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council member Steve Ahmann suffered a heart attack Monday night and was taken by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital at 2:30 a.m. today for treatment, according to his wife, Heidi Ahmann. She said her husband felt the pain starting during the Monday night...
April 7, 2015 - 3:33pm
March 16, 2015
Willmar City Council terminates employment agreement with Stevens
WILLMAR -- After more than an hour of taking public comments and discussing them with Mayor Marv Calvin in front of a packed house, the Willmar...
March 16, 2015 - 11:03pm
February 3, 2015
Contentious City Council debate stirs over Stevens’ employment
WILLMAR -- A contentious debate sparked by what some said were unprofessional comments made by a council member over City Administrator Charlene Stevens’s employment with the city stirred the Willmar City Council meeting Monday night. Council members Audrey Nelsen and Denis...
February 3, 2015 - 9:45am
July 7, 2014
Review complete: City Council receives report on administrator’s performance evaluation
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council received a report Monday night on the council’s performance evaluation of City Administrator Charlene Stevens. Labor Committee Chair Steve Ahmann read a statement that said the council held a special closed meeting June 16 to evaluate Stevens’...
July 7, 2014 - 10:52pm
May 6, 2014
Expansion, TIF approved: Council takes steps to advance Jennie-O expansion
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council has taken steps to advance development of Jennie-O Turkey Store’s corporate office expansion project. Jennie-O proposes to construct a 35,000-square-foot, $6-million-to-$7-million addition to the corporate offices. The expansion will primarily...
May 6, 2014 - 11:05pm
December 22, 2013
Ahmann turns his sights to strategic planning
WILLMAR — Willmar City Council member Steve Ahmann wants the Labor Relations Committee which he chairs to begin the task of strategic planning which he says the council didn’t accomplish at its Nov. 22-23 retreat. “I want to send a message to the folks out there: We are going...
December 22, 2013 - 11:16pm
May 21, 2013
Council member Ahmann fails to sway votes on Willmar Council for policy to address business closings
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council member Steve Ahmann failed in two attempts Monday night to persuade the council to act on developing an action...
May 21, 2013 - 7:08pm
May 12, 2013
Willmar, Minn., City Council member seeks action plan if companies close
WILLMAR -- City Council member Steve Ahmann is requesting the city develop a strategy and action plan if companies announce local plant closings. Ahmann made his request to the City Council and staff Monday night in response to the April 16 announcement that longtime promotional...
May 12, 2013 - 5:17pm
February 22, 2013
Mayor calls Vision 2040 ‘a little dysfunctional’
WILLMAR — Willmar City Council member Bruce DeBlieck took exception to Mayor Frank Yanish’s comment Tuesday night that the Vision 2040 long-range community planning effort, which is just getting started, is “a little dysfunctional.’’ DeBlieck asked Yanish to explain the...
February 22, 2013 - 11:43pm
November 7, 2012
Turnout heavy in Minnesota
Minnesotans may disagree about a pair of proposed constitutional amendments and may not see eye to eye on candidates, but they agree on one thing: They want their voices heard. Big voter turnout was reported in much of the state, despite cloudy, damp, chilly weather. Secretary of...
November 7, 2012 - 12:00am
November 2, 2012
Editorial: Our picks for Willmar City Council - Recommend Anderson, Johnson, Ahmann and Lawton
Willmar voters will be electing four members to its City Council. The candidates are: Dennis Anderson in Ward 1; Tim Johnson and Andrew Bjur in Ward 2, Steve Ahmann in Ward 3 and Jim Dokken and Jay Lawton in Ward 4. Ward 1: Anderson is running unopposed for re-election to this Ward...
November 2, 2012 - 9:34am
July 7, 2011
Council approves electric rate increases
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved the Municipal Utilities Commission's request for a two-tier electric rate adjustment totaling 14 percent over the next 18 months. A 7 percent increase went into effect Wednesday for the remainder of 2011 and another 7 percent increase...
July 7, 2011 - 12:00am
May 28, 2011
City Council approves employment agreement with new city administrator
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved an employment agreement with Charlene Stevens as the new city administrator. Stevens will begin...
May 28, 2011 - 12:00am
May 4, 2011
City Council orders 19th Street Northwest improvement
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has ordered the improvement and reconstruction of 19th Street Northwest, which has been seriously damaged...
May 4, 2011 - 12:00am
April 9, 2011
City Council OKs sewer line work, decommissioning two lift stations
WILLMAR -- The city will open construction bids on May 3 for rerouting the 21st Street Southwest wastewater sewer line and for decommissioning the Arby's and Ortenblad wastewater lift stations. The Willmar City Council Monday night approved plans and specifications and authorized...
April 9, 2011 - 12:00am