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Be on the alert for road closures this week in Willmar
WILLMAR—With several active construction projects taking place around Willmar, city public works staff have announced three upcoming temporary...
September 27, 2016 - 1:58pm
June 22, 2016
Willmar City Council hears stormwater management update
WILLMAR — The city of Willmar works each year to keep its ditches, drains and ponds clean and clear to help manage the city’s stormwater....
June 22, 2016 - 11:57pm
May 4, 2016
Minnesota legislators debate importance of bonding bill
ST. PAUL — Dessert is pretty important to Paul Torkelson. As strange as it sounds, that is one of the major holdups in getting legislative work done this year. Torkelson, a Republican state representative from Hanska, famously calls a public works spending bill, to be financed by...
May 4, 2016 - 11:01pm
May 2, 2016
Minnesota Senate has $1.5B bonding wish list
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Democratic senators want to borrow nearly $1 billion more for public works projects than House Republicans and slightly more than the governor. Even so, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, said his $1.5 billion legislation falls far short of the $5.2 billion state and...
May 2, 2016 - 11:13am
February 14, 2016
Kandiyohi County Board to act on several public works projects
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners will take action on several public works projects at their meeting Tuesday morning, including requesting bids for a new county park bathhouse and hearing an update on the railroad wye project in Willmar. The board is also expected to...
February 14, 2016 - 11:11pm
January 15, 2016
Gov. Dayton seeks to borrow $1.4 billion for Minnesota public works projects
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants to spend $1.4 billion on public works projects around Minnesota, one of the largest requests in history and...
January 15, 2016 - 1:00pm
December 18, 2015
Willmar proposes $2.76M in 2016 street improvements
WILLMAR — A rebuilt street in front of the downtown Willmar Fire Station, and a smoother surface and added bike lanes on one mile of Lakeland Drive, are among projects in the city’s proposed 2016 improvement report. The report estimates the cost of three reconstruction projects,...
December 18, 2015 - 12:10am
October 21, 2015
Video: Crews collar a water main break in southwest Willmar
A 10-inch water main break was discovered Wednesday morning at corner of Becker Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest in Willmar. A crew with...
October 21, 2015 - 4:31pm
August 1, 2015
Willmar’s 2016 capital spending proposal reviewed ahead of report to be given at Monday meeting
WILLMAR — Willmar City Council members asked questions about suggested spending next year for equipment and projects as listed in the proposed $7.9 million capital improvement program that Mayor Marv Calvin presented to the council this week. Calvin said the areas of focus for...
August 1, 2015 - 12:58am
July 18, 2015
Kandiyohi County mulls road needs vs. funding in 5-year plan
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County is planning between $6 million and $10 million of road improvements each year for the next five years. There are several key projects on the list: reconstruction of County Road 40 east of New London to make it safer, reconstruction of County Road 5 along...
July 18, 2015 - 12:07am
July 17, 2015
Kandiyohi County plans changes at intersection of fatal crash
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County highway officials are planning some sign changes at a rural intersection that was the site this past weekend of a fatal crash. The crash Sunday night claimed the lives of David Frank, 76, and Mildred “Susie” Frank, 75. The well-known couple were the...
July 17, 2015 - 12:32am
June 4, 2015
Little legislative progress other than on public works
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget negotiators said throughout Thursday they were confident they could hold a special Saturday legislative session...
June 4, 2015 - 11:36pm
June 1, 2015
Discussion gets testy over water line project's financing but Willmar committee OKs awarding contract
WILLMAR — Discussion became a little testy last week when a Willmar City Council committee discussed financing and assessing the cost of constructing an upgraded water line service to the site of a future downtown brewpub. The discussion occurred at the Public Works/Safety Committee...
June 1, 2015 - 12:59am
May 18, 2015
Fifth on Fifth
A public works crew makes short work Monday of a fallen tree branch large enough to block traffic on Fifth Street Southeast close to Olena Avenue....
May 18, 2015 - 11:26pm
April 28, 2015
City of Willmar approves Public Works mower/blower purchase
WILLMAR — The Willmar Public Works Department has received approval from the City Council’s Finance Committee to purchase a new four-wheel piece of equipment called an MT Trackless for mowing parks in the summer and blowing and plowing snow from city paths and sidewalks in the...
April 28, 2015 - 9:46pm