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With few races, Minnesota primary turnout in August likely small
High court race is a Minnesota question
Eden Valley farmer elected to National Corn Growers Board
Poll: Trump trails by 6 points after DNC
Vikings & fine art come together in new stadium
UPDATE: Glenwood/Lowry reaches state title game
Stanley Cup to meet Stanley car in Minnesota
G/L Legion marches ahead at state
Getting it right
Stingers rebound to clobber Bucks
Judge dismisses 29 claims to late musician Prince's estate
Small town Lake Lillian gears up for big time production
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
ASTRO BOB: Getting stung by a 'scorpion' can be a beautiful thing
The search for a world-record lake trout
Johnson -- Haverly
Quisberg -- Larson
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
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
David L. Lake
Joan M. Caspers
Esther Helen Iverson
Parker: Are we all Democrats this year?
Dionne: Hillary takes the fight to Trump
Thomas: Hillary's recycled speech
Obama: Continuity we can believe in
Will: Mike Pence the pliable
July 11, 2016
Update: Vehicle crashes into Willmar Municipal Utilities building
Updated: 7:12 p.m. Officers with the Willmar Police Department responded to the scene of a crash Monday at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building...
July 11, 2016 - 4:54pm
Hompe retires after 27 years with Willmar Municipal Utilities
WILLMAR -- Wes Hompe has always enjoyed creating things, either through woodworking or building a reliable and efficient electrical transmission...
July 11, 2016 - 2:57pm
June 28, 2016
New general manager search in early stages at Willmar Municipal Utilities
WILLMAR - Gary Weiers of David Drown Associates said the first steps in finding the next general manager for Willmar Municipal Utilities are...
June 28, 2016 - 12:00pm
February 10, 2015
Committee recommends March 2 public hearing on utility rate increases
WILLMAR — The Finance Committee will recommend the City Council set March 2 as the date for a public hearing on proposed electric and water rate increases. Committee members voted Monday afternoon to recommend the council set the hearing date after they received a report from Willmar...
February 10, 2015 - 11:55pm
December 15, 2014
City Council allows land purchase by Municipal Utilities for substation
WILLMAR -- No action by the Willmar City Council means the Municipal Utilities’ proposed purchase agreement with Jennie-O Turkey Store to buy nearly 48 acres of land for an electric substation at Priam will go forward. The council resumed discussion Monday night of the utilities’...
December 15, 2014 - 11:09pm
December 5, 2014
Editorial: Council should OK land purchase
The Willmar City Council is currently blocking progress on a significant infrastructure improvement for this city and all of its businesses and residents. Council members Steve Ahmann, Ron Christianson, Jim Dokken and Tim Johnson Monday voted against approving a resolution from the...
December 5, 2014 - 9:55am
November 18, 2014
Willmar City Council delays land purchase agreement for Priam substation
WILLMAR — Saying they want more information and possibly some renegotiation, Willmar City Council members voted 6-1 Monday night to extend their review period of a land purchase agreement between the Willmar Municipal Utilities and Jennie-O Turkey Store for the proposed Priam substation...
November 18, 2014 - 10:51pm
October 21, 2014
Willmar wind turbines will be stopped periodically for repairs
WILLMAR — Technicians with Willmar Municipal Utilities are in the process of completing recommended repairs to the utilities’ two wind turbines this week, said Jeron Smith, utilities staff electrical engineer. Smith said Tuesday that technicians from turbine supplier DeWind Co....
October 21, 2014 - 10:45pm
August 25, 2014
Commission OKs 4 percent raise for Municipal Utilities general manager
WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday approved a 4 percent, $5,000 pay increase for General Manager Wesley Hompe. The increase from $121,540 to $126,540 was recommended by the commission’s Labor Committee after committee Chair Matt Schrupp and member...
August 25, 2014 - 11:33pm
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
August 28, 2013
Willmar Municipal Utilities issues energy alert for this afternoon
WILLMAR — Chris Carlson, power supply broker for the Willmar Municipal Utilities, says the utility’s Load Share program is in effect for estimated peak load hours between noon and 6 p.m. today. Carlson said customers with interruptible units have been notified and are on stand-by....
August 28, 2013 - 8:01am
July 30, 2013
Former coal handler files lawsuit against city of Willmar, Minn., utility
WILLMAR — Former coal handler Nefi Ibarra has filed a discrimination lawsuit in federal district court against the City of Willmar and the city-owned Municipal Utilities alleging he was treated less favorably at the utility because he is Mexican and/or Mormon in violation of state...
July 30, 2013 - 11:20pm
June 11, 2013
Willmar, Minn., mayor offers option for combined city-county-utilities human resources department
WILLMAR -- Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish has posted a "white paper" on the city of Willmar's website in which Yanish proposes a third alternative to two options suggested in a consultant's organizational assessment of the city. Yanish is proposing what he calls Option C, under which...
June 11, 2013 - 11:05pm
May 18, 2013
Farm equipment dealership near Willmar, Minn., requests municipal water
WILLMAR -- A Willmar business just outside the city limits is requesting municipal water service, and a committee has given its approval of the concept. Arnold's Inc., a farm equipment dealership just south of the city on U.S. Highway 71, is planning a major expansion to repair larger...
May 18, 2013 - 8:00am
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