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July 31, 2010
Working on the mural
July 31, 2010 - 12:00am
January 3, 2009
2008 Year in Review
A tornado that hit in the early evening hours of July 11, destroying several homes south of Willmar, was the region's top news story in 2008. A criminal vehicular homicide conviction for the driver involved in the bus crash that killed four students near Cottonwood, the fatal stabbing...
January 3, 2009 - 12:00am
November 15, 2008
No action is taken on Westwind mortgage by officials
WILLMAR -- The developer of Westwind Estates is asking the City Council to approve a $350,000 mortgage and promissory note for the affordable housing project in southwest Willmar. Money for the mortgage came from a $350,000 grant the city re-ceived ea- rlier in the year from the...
November 15, 2008 - 12:00am
September 4, 2008
Three candidates set in council's Second Ward primary election Tuesday: Steve Gardner
WILLMAR -- The three-way race in the city's Second Ward is defined at least in part by division over the Westwind Estates affordable housing development in that portion of the city. Councilman Steve Gardner, Tim Johnson and Bob Skor have all filed for the Second Ward seat. Separate...
September 4, 2008 - 12:00am
August 5, 2008
Willmar City Council approves Westwind street work, 5-3
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted 5-3 Monday night to approve construction of streets and utilities for the controversial Westwind Estates Third Addition low-income housing project in southwest Willmar. The council acted on a recommendation from the council's Public Works/Safety...
August 5, 2008 - 8:00am
March 19, 2008
Westwind debate goes to Board of Appeals, are courts next?
WILLMAR -- The landowner who had appealed the conditional use permit for the Westwind Estates Third Addition proposal is looking forward to the opportunity to state his case before the Willmar Board of Zoning Appeals. Attorney Jim Mogen of St.
March 19, 2008 - 12:00am
March 18, 2008
Housing proposal remains hot topic for council
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has ordered that the Board of Zoning Appeals hold a hearing on a controversial low-income housing development planned in southwest Willmar. In another part of the council's Monday night meeting, a member said that Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership...
March 18, 2008 - 12:00am
March 7, 2008
City attorney says Westwind permit appeal timeframe has already expired
WILLMAR -- The appeal of a conditional use permit for the low-income Westwind Estates Third Addition housing project is not permitted because the 60-day appeal period -- upheld in a little-known court decision -- has expired, according to an opinion by City Attorney Richard Ronning. As...
March 7, 2008 - 12:00am
March 5, 2008
City Council struggles to find 'common ground' on street improvements
WILLMAR -- The city Engineering Department will prepare plans and specifications for the 2008 proposed street improvements. But the city won't be able to advertise for construction bids as planned because the improvement report was not approved on Monday night by the City Council. The...
March 5, 2008 - 12:00am
March 4, 2008
Council vote throws street improvements in doubt
WILLMAR -- The city's proposed 2008 street improvements were thrown into doubt Monday night when the City Council failed to muster the seven votes needed to approve the improvements because a low-income housing project that three council members oppose is on the list. The vote so...
March 4, 2008 - 12:00am
February 28, 2008
Landowner appeals low-income home plan permit
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Planning Commission's approval of a conditional use permit for a low-income, twin-home development in southwest Willmar has been appealed to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Gary Peterson of Willmar has appealed the Planning Commission's Jan. 9 approval of the...
February 28, 2008 - 12:00am
February 22, 2008
Tie-breaker vote from the mayor lets HRA oversee $350K grant
WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke broke a 3-3 City Council vote Tuesday night in favor of amending an agreement that lets the Willmar Housing and Redevelopment Authority administer a $350,000 state Small Cities Development grant for a housing project. Council members supporting the amended...
February 22, 2008 - 12:00am
January 24, 2008
Willmar City Council encourages changes be made in plat for housing development
WILLMAR -- Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership is being encouraged to modify the preliminary plat of a housing project in an effort to reduce opposition from neighboring homeowners and landowners. The council Tuesday night approved the partnership's preliminary plat of Westwind...
January 24, 2008 - 12:00am
January 23, 2008
City Council fails to overturn Planning Commission's approval of conditional use permit for housing development
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on a 4-4 vote Tuesday night failed to overturn the Planning Commission's approval of a conditional use permit for a low-to-moderate income housing development opposed by neighboring homeowners. As a result of the council's vote, Mayor Les Heitke...
January 23, 2008 - 12:00am
January 19, 2008
Westwind Estates project on City Council agenda for Tuesday meeting
WILLMAR -- The Westwind Estates Third Addition housing project proposed by the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership of Slayton will be considered by the Willmar City Council during the 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday at the Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. The...
January 19, 2008 - 12:00am