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Christianson: City council under paid compared to county board
WILLMAR — The salary paid to Willmar City Council members is comparable with other regional cities but is less than the salary paid to the Kandiyohi County Commissioners. The salary difference was pointed out by Councilman Ron Christianson at Monday night’s meeting. He held a...
December 25, 2015 - 11:57pm
August 10, 2015
Recall committee to determine next course of action
WILLMAR -- The chairman of the Recall Ron Committee said the committee will meet to determine its next course of action after City Attorney Robert Scott determined last Friday that the committee’s petition to recall Ward 2 City Council member Ron Christianson is invalid. “The...
August 10, 2015 - 8:54am
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
October 16, 2014
Christianson: Being where decisions are made
WILLMAR — Ron Christianson said he is seeking re-election to a sixth four-year term from Ward 2 on the Willmar City Council because he retains...
October 16, 2014 - 10:56pm
August 6, 2014
Candidate Profile: Christianson cites passion for wanting to be where the decisions are made
WILLMAR — Incumbent Willmar City Council member Ron Christianson says he is seeking re-election to a sixth four-year term on the council because he still has a passion for wanting to be where the decisions are made that affect his ward, his neighborhood and the city in general. Christianson...
August 6, 2014 - 10:58pm
August 2, 2014
Editorial: Voters do have a race in Ward 2 primary in Willmar
The Aug. 12 primary has a political horse race for a Ward 2 seat on the Willmar City Council. Former council member Steve Gardner and challenger Rich Taylor are running against incumbent Ron Christianson for this Ward 2 seat. The top two candidates in the Aug. 12 primary results...
August 2, 2014 - 8:02am
July 20, 2014
Committee discusses council support for street rating program
WILLMAR — Willmar City Council member Audrey Nelsen asked the council’s Public Works/Safety Committee last week whether the council supports a program that the engineering department developed to rate the condition and maintenance needs of city streets. Nelsen asked whether or...
July 20, 2014 - 11:11pm
Committee members differ on use of foam in street work
WILLMAR — Members of the Willmar City Council’s Public Works/Safety Committee differed last week on the benefit of using geo-form in street construction. Committee Chair Ron Christianson said the city needs to look at making roads last longer. For the past couple of years, Christianson...
July 20, 2014 - 11:09pm
February 4, 2014
Council splits over EDC appointee
WILLMAR — Three Willmar City Council members tried but failed Monday night to defeat Mayor Frank Yanish’s appointment of Republican state...
February 4, 2014 - 11:15am
January 23, 2014
While criticizing city staff, Willmar councilman contradicted by previous meeting minutes
WILLMAR — Minutes of a previous Willmar City Council meeting apparently contradict council member Ron Christianson’s criticism of city staff for not telling the council about problems with a wastewater lift station. During Tuesday night’s council meeting, Christianson asked...
January 23, 2014 - 10:41pm
October 7, 2013
Willmar City Council OKs policy requiring its presence on hiring committees
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council voted 4-3 Monday night to establish a formal written policy that requires a council presence on committees that interview and hire city department heads. The motion that establishes the policy is similar to a motion that the council tabled...
October 7, 2013 - 11:39pm
August 28, 2013
Editorial: A lack of leadership on Willmar council
The do-nothing faction within the Willmar City Council has decided it is acceptable to spend $25,000 for an organizational study and then simply do nothing. Voting to do nothing by keeping the current city organization “as is” were council members Ron Christianson, Jim Dokken,...
August 28, 2013 - 6:11am
August 25, 2013
Christianson, Stevens differ on private contracting
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council member Ron Christianson and City Administrator Charlene Stevens offered differing opinions during a committee meeting last week on the possibility of privately contracting for some city services. The exchange took place during a Labor Relations Committee...
August 25, 2013 - 10:57pm
June 2, 2013
Willmar, Minn., City Council member doubts administrator's judgment in filling Public Works post
WILLMAR -- City Council member Ron Christianson and City Administrator Charlene Stevens differ on filling an expected vacancy in the Public Works Department. Christianson told Stevens during last week's Labor Relations Committee meeting that he was not comfortable with her judgment...
June 2, 2013 - 8:17pm