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September 8, 2014
Consultants to present concept for Willmar’s regional parks
WILLMAR — Consultants assisting the city of Willmar in developing a master parks plan will present concepts Thursday morning for establishing...
September 8, 2014 - 11:32pm
September 4, 2014
Kandiyohi County Board to tour parks and roads Monday
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will tour road and bridge projects, as well as several county parks, on Monday. The commissioners will meet at 8 a.m. at the county highway building, 1801 U.S. Highway 12 East, as the road and bridge committee. The tour will...
September 4, 2014 - 10:06pm
July 24, 2014
Sessions slated Tuesday to gather feedback for Willmar parks plan
WILLMAR — The city of Willmar is seeking input from several targeted audiences in the community next week on a master plan for the city parks. Seniors, members of the Latino and Somali communities, dog park enthusiasts and leaders involved with youth sports are especially invited...
July 24, 2014 - 11:28pm
July 21, 2014
Some parks remain closed in Renville County
OLIVIA — The Renville County Environment and Community Development office released an updated list of county parks that are open, partially closed, and totally closed due to flooding in the county on Monday. Anderson Lake County Park and Mack Lake County Park were closed at 4 p.m....
July 21, 2014 - 11:18pm
July 11, 2014
Renville County updates list of park closings, other restrictions due to flooding
OLIVIA — The Renville County Sheriff’s Office has issued an updated list of county parks that are closed or have restricted hours due to flooding. Parks closed until further notice: Anderson Lake, Mack Lake. Parks open with some restrictions: Beaver Falls County Park, partially...
July 11, 2014 - 11:25pm
July 7, 2014
Waters receding in Renville County, as damage estimates rise
OLIVIA — As waters slowly recede from one of the wettest Junes on record, damage estimates in Renville County continue to rise. Although county parks are being reopened, it is still impossible to determine the full extent of damage, according to Mark Erickson, director of community...
July 7, 2014 - 10:54pm
July 1, 2014
Renville County parks located on Minnesota River remain closed
OLIVIA — All of Renville County’s parks along the Minnesota River remain closed due to high water conditions, but two other parks are open. The Renville County Parks Department issued a news release stating that as of Tuesday, Lake Allie and Birch Coulee parks are open. The...
July 1, 2014 - 10:43pm
June 20, 2014
Flooding closes campgrounds at two state parks in region
ST. PAUL — Heavy rains this week have resulted in the temporary closure of the campgrounds, horse camp and trails at Fort Ridgley State Park near Fairfax and the closure of two campgrounds at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park near Granite Falls. Both parks are open for day use...
June 20, 2014 - 10:51pm
June 19, 2014
Renville County parks closed due to flooding
OLIVIA — Several Renville County parks are closed due to flooding. The parks will be closed until further notice, according to county officials. The parks include Anderson Lake, Beaver falls, Birch Coulee, Mack Lake, Skalbekken and Vicksburg. At Vicksburg County Park, the entrance...
June 19, 2014 - 3:15pm
May 23, 2014
Bonding bill includes $1.3 million for Glacial Lakes Trail extension
NEW LONDON — Now the work can begin in earnest to develop a five-mile extension of the Glacial Lakes Trail connecting New London and Sibley State Park. The bonding bill recently signed by Gov. Mark Dayton includes a $1,299,000 appropriation to make the trail extension possible. The...
May 23, 2014 - 2:00am
Naturalist to be hired for the season to host Sibley State Park programs
NEW LONDON — A park naturalist will again be leading programs at Sibley State Park this summer season. The park is currently considering applicants for a seasonal naturalist position at the park, according to Gary Bullemer, assistant manager of the park. The naturalist position...
May 23, 2014 - 2:00am
Letter: Do we need ‘placemaking’?
Apparently, “placemaking” is the latest catch-phrase in Willmar’s attempt to rejuvenate its downtown. According to the article in the April 8 edition of the West Central Tribune, placemaking is the creation of public spaces that are accessible and people-centered. It seems to...
April 23, 2014 - 1:00am
April 22, 2014
Willmar City Council approves first phase of master plan for park system
WILLMAR — Strategic planning for the future of Willmar’s park system moved a step forward Monday night with approval by the City Council...
April 22, 2014 - 12:00am
April 15, 2014
Attracting residents: Renville County launching marketing campaign for parks
OLIVIA — With over 1,300 acres of woodlands and prairie, and lots of shoreline on the Minnesota River and two lakes, Renville County’s seven parks offer camping, hiking and fishing opportunities all within a short drive for all of the county’s residents. Yet last year, only...
April 15, 2014 - 11:26pm
February 11, 2014
Board will pursue licensing from the Health Dept. for Renville Co. parks
OLIVIA — While expressing concerns about the potential costs, the Renville County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to pursue licensing from the Department of Health for overnight camping in county parks along the Minnesota River. Parks with more than five overnight camping...
February 11, 2014 - 11:24pm