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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
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
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
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 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
April 26, 2010
Low-key event puts stamp on years of efforts to get bypass on Highway 23
PAYNESVILLE -- Since he began working on the project nearly 14 years ago, Paynesville Mayor Jeff Thompson has been waiting for the day when ground...
April 26, 2010 - 12:00am
April 1, 2010
In Willmar, gov. says legislators should 'ask people who are job providers' for advice
WILLMAR -- Speaking before a business-friendly crowd Wednesday in Willmar, Gov.
April 1, 2010 - 12:00am
April 14, 2009
A photographer's eye
April 14, 2009 - 12:00am
November 18, 2008
Council seeking further information on Westwind mortgage
WILLMAR -- On the advice of City Attorney Rich Ronning, the Willmar City Council took no action Monday night on a $350,000 loan to the owner of the Westwind Estates affordable housing project. Money for the mortgage comes from a $350,000 federal housing grant funneled through the...
November 18, 2008 - 12:00am
September 16, 2008
Railroad quiet zones a big part of mayor's '09 budget
WILLMAR -- Willmar Mayor Les Heitke is suggesting the city spend $179,478 in his proposed $20,842,162 budget for 2009 to establish railroad quiet zones at Willmar Avenue Southwest and 10th Street Southwest. During his budget presentation to the Willmar City Council Monday night,...
September 16, 2008 - 12:00am
September 13, 2008
Mayor to present budget proposal WILLMAR -- Willmar Mayor Les Heitke will present his proposed 2009 budget for the city at Monday's meeting of the Willmar City Council. The council meets at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building, 700 Litchfield Ave....
September 13, 2008 - 12:00am
April 29, 2008
Council, officials meet in closed session to discuss possible Westwind lawsuit
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council, Mayor Les Heitke and city officials met in closed session Monday evening with two lawyers to discuss a possible lawsuit against the city by the developers of the proposed Westwind Estates housing project. Clifford Greene of the Green Espel law...
April 29, 2008 - 12:00am
April 22, 2008
Council hears pleas for understanding, reconciliation over project; remains divided on veto
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council failed 4-4 Monday night to override Mayor Les Heitke's veto of the council's April 7 rejection of the $350,000 state grant for the controversial Westwind Estates Third Addition housing project. The mayor issued the veto in an April 8 letter to...
April 22, 2008 - 12:00am
April 17, 2008
Letter: Sen. Gimse clarifies letter to city
During the April 7 meeting of the Willmar City Council, Mayor Les Heitke referenced a letter I sent to the city congratulating them on receiving some grant funds for the Westwinds housing project. The way Heitke presented the letter has led some to believe that it was a letter of...
April 17, 2008 - 12:00am
April 16, 2008
Mayor vetoes rejection of funding for controversial housing plan department of employment and economic development
WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke has vetoed the Willmar City Council's April 7 rejection of the $350,000 state grant for the controversial Westwind Estates Third Addition housing project. City Clerk Kevin Halliday said Tuesday the mayor's veto means the grant is accepted by the city. In...
April 16, 2008 - 12:00am