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Truck hits State Patrol car, injuring trooper, then drives off
Willmar teen gets probation, community service for bomb threat
AgweekTV: Sweet crops
Twenty-First Century Fox offers $14B for UK's Sky
Willmar Middle School rings in new year with new classrooms
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
'Prairie Angels' makes a timely arrival in Renville County
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Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
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Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
August 13, 2011
Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities honors Heitke, Schmit
ST. PAUL -- Former Willmar Mayor Les Heitke and former Willmar City Administrator Michael Schmit have been honored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Willmar is a Coalition member. Heitke received the Jack Murray Award for his excellence in service to greater Minnesota...
August 13, 2011 - 12:00am
January 8, 2011
Letter: Thank you, Mr. Mayor
Mayor Heitke, I want to personally thank you for the years of service to the city of Willmar and its citizens. I was always treated with respect when I had a project to bring to you as the mayor for the city of Willmar. We always had a great discussion and if you felt it was good...
January 8, 2011 - 12:00am
January 6, 2011
City Council, Commission session hits on residency requirement
WILLMAR -- Should the Willmar City Charter continue to require that people appointed to city boards and commissions live within the city limits? That's a question members of the Charter Commission and City Council discussed but reached no consensus on during a 90-minute work session...
January 6, 2011 - 12:00am
December 18, 2010
Westwind begins renting
WILLMAR -- Eleven units are rented and four more units will be rented by the end of the month at the new Westwind Townhomes low-income housing...
December 18, 2010 - 12:00am
November 13, 2010
Mayor-elect: 'We're going to do the best job we can'
Mayor-elect Frank Yanish says he's received a mandate from Willmar voters. Yanish, who easily defeated incumbent Mayor Les Heitke in the Nov....
November 13, 2010 - 12:00am
November 6, 2010
Letter: Heitke served Willmar well
I had the honor of serving on the Willmar City Council for four years. Because I still have both family and business interests in Willmar, I am often asked my opinion about the events and people involved in the city of Willmar. Whenever the subject of Mayor Les Heitke comes up, I...
November 6, 2010 - 12:00am
Official city election results show Yanish, 4,121; Heitke, 2,447
WILLMAR -- Frank Yanish received 4,121 votes and incumbent Les Heitke received 2,447 votes in the race for the four-year term as mayor of Willmar in Tuesday's general election, according to ballots officially canvassed Friday by the Willmar City Council. The totals are comprised...
November 6, 2010 - 12:00am
November 2, 2010
Willmar: Frank Yanish wins Willmar mayor race, defeats incumbent Les Heitke
Challenger Frank Yanish has defeated incumbent Les Heitke in the Willmar mayor race, according to unofficial city results. Willmar votes show...
November 2, 2010 - 10:03pm
Old airport terminal is now steps from being torn down
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council approved motions Monday declaring the old airport terminal unsafe and requesting the Federal Aviation Administration to release the decades-old terminal to the city so it can be demolished. The motions were based on a consultant's analysis that...
November 2, 2010 - 12:00am
October 28, 2010
Editorial: Heitke is the best candidate for Willmar mayor
Willmar voters face a decision Nov. 2 of re-electing incumbent Mayor Les Heitke or electing challenger Frank Yanish. It is a choice between...
October 28, 2010 - 12:19am
October 20, 2010
Candidates offer solutions to fiscal and quality-of-life issues facing city
WILLMAR -- Candidates for mayor and City Council in the Nov. 2 general election responded to questions about budgets, land use, immigration enforcement...
October 20, 2010 - 12:00am
City's new wastewater treatment plant project may come in $3M under budget, consultant says
WILLMAR -- The cost of Willmar's new wastewater conveyance and treatment facility is expected to be $3 million under budget, according to an official with facility consultant Donohue and Associates. "We expect to be in the range of $3.1 million under budget,'' said Ken Sedmak, Donohue...
October 20, 2010 - 12:00am
October 9, 2010
Heitke says his main priority is what's best for Willmar
WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke says his main priority is what's best for Willmar. Heitke is completing his fourth four-year term as mayor and is seeking a fifth term in the Nov. 2 general election. He is opposed by businessman Frank Yanish. Heitke said he's repeatedly asked about city...
October 9, 2010 - 12:00am
September 21, 2010
Willmar's chief of police says major crime incidents are not connected
WILLMAR -- Police Chief David Wyffels wants the public to know that five major criminal offenses that have occurred on the city's southeast side during the last month -- including last Wednesday incident in which a police officer and squad car were shot at -- are not connected to...
September 21, 2010 - 12:00am
September 13, 2010
City Council approves Garfield condition report
WILLMAR -- A local architectural firm will prepare a report for the Willmar City Council on the condition of the Garfield School building.
September 13, 2010 - 12:00am