Skip to main content
West Central Tribune
Clinton tabs Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate
Rural Maynard family escapes burning home
Tim Huber's attorney argues lack of probable cause in seeking dismissal of murder indictment
Confusion on procedure takes new Willmar position off council table
Relay for Life Kandiyohi County
Stingers' rally fall short in loss to La Crosse
KRA revs up after weather delays
Roundup: VFW I heads into playoffs on hot streak
Sano breaks slump, leads Twins to victory
Former Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green dies
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
'My Ocean': On the Ordway Prairie in west central Minnesota
Frye -- Birkland
Dahl -- Schow
Lippert -- Marcus
How has the past affected today's outdoors heritage?
Doty — St. Aubin
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Robert J. Swanberg
Carol Ann Ringler
Ardis E. Smith
Myrtle M. Knutson
Adeline T.J. Skogstoe
Commentary: Latest VA fix creates new ills
Tribune Opinion: Willmar benefits from 'Moving Health Forward'
Letter: A credit to sports writing
Letter: Criticism of Peppin unwarranted
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
June 11, 2014
Warranty about to expire: Utilities Commission seeks answers to wind turbine questions
WILLMAR — Municipal Utilities Commission members would like answers to some questions they have about future operation and maintenance costs...
June 11, 2014 - 10:58pm
March 29, 2014
Willmar Municipal Utilities incurring more charges this year for detaining BNSF cars
WILLMAR — Several factors are combining this year to increase demurrage charges paid by Willmar Municipal Utilities to BNSF Railway. Demurrage,...
March 29, 2014 - 6:00am
October 8, 2013
Willmar wind turbines continue to be out of service
WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities’ two wind turbines continue to be out of service due to 15-kilovolt electrical breaker problems, Wesley Hompe, utilities general manager, said today. Hompe said that Willmar Utilities has been in contact with turbine manufacturer DeWind...
October 8, 2013 - 3:01pm
April 22, 2013
Willmar, Minn., Utilities Commission approves salary hike for general manager after favorable 6-month review
WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission has approved a $3,000 salary increase for General Manager Wesley Hompe after the commission’s Labor Relations Committee gave Hompe a favorable six-month performance appraisal. Committee Chairman Matt Schrupp reported the appraisal...
April 22, 2013 - 11:27pm
April 8, 2013
Willmar Utilities believes agreement will lead to reduced power costs
WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday approved an agreement with a consultant that the utility believes should reduce Willmar’s overall power costs. Under the agreement with 10 10 Energy Inc. of Fergus Falls, the consultant will make recommendations concerning...
April 8, 2013 - 11:16pm
November 3, 2012
Willmar utilities workers to help repair damage by Sandy
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities is among a handful of Minnesota municipal utilities sending personnel and trucks this weekend to the East...
November 3, 2012 - 12:00am
October 30, 2012
Crews verify, check turbine repairs
WILLMAR -- DeWind technicians were in Willmar today to verify and check repairs made last week to the south wind turbine tower owned by Willmar Municipal Utilities. Utilities General Manager Wesley Hompe said both the south tower and north tower should be back on line by the end...
October 30, 2012 - 2:36pm
September 25, 2012
Municipal Utilities Commission OKs general manager employment agreement
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission has approved the employment agreement with Wesley Hompe as general manager. Hompe, former...
September 25, 2012 - 12:00am
September 11, 2012
Willmar, Minn., Utilities Commission tables GM contract until final details worked out
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday tabled the employment contract with recently appointed general manager Wesley...
September 11, 2012 - 12:00am
August 28, 2012
Hompe picked as Willmar, Minn., utility GM
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission has directed its Labor Committee to negotiate an employment agreement with utility interim...
August 28, 2012 - 12:00am
July 24, 2012
Willmar, Minn., utility board approves contract for 5.5 megawatts
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission is taking steps to replace a large power supply contract with a number of smaller power supply contracts. The commission Monday voted to buy 5.5 megawatts of power from WPPI Energy of Sun Prairie, Wis., under a 20-year contract...
July 24, 2012 - 12:00am
Failed backup substation causes power outage
WILLMAR -- A backup substation system installed at the Willmar Municipal Utilities power plant failed at about 9:37 p.m. Wednesday and shut down the power plant and customers connected to the substation, said Wesley Hompe, utility interim co-manager. He said Rice Hospital, the downtown...
February 24, 2012 - 2:01pm
August 18, 2011
DeWind crews replacing wind turbine hydraulic tube
WILLMAR -- As part of ongoing maintenance, DeWind Company crews are replacing a hydraulic tube through the main shaft of Willmar Municipal Utilities' wind turbine No. 4, Wesley Hompe, utility staff electrical engineer, said today. The utility's two turbines, No. 3 and No. 4, are...
August 18, 2011 - 11:45am
May 21, 2011
Technicians replace motor on Willmar wind turbine
WILLMAR -- A failed motor shut down one of Willmar Municipal Utilities' two wind turbines on Sunday, but the motor was replaced this week and...
May 21, 2011 - 12:00am
March 14, 2011
Failed electronics stop Willmar wind turbine
WILLMAR -- One of the two wind turbines operated by Willmar Municipal Utilities went out of service last Friday due to the failure of the voltage conditioning electronics. The utility was notified of the failure at about 8:30 a.m. by a technician with turbine supplier DeWind Company...
March 14, 2011 - 11:44am