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'I knew it was him': Minnesotan was first responder on scene of crash that killed teen son
Willmar Police ask for public's help identifying theft suspects
Two arrested with 117 grams of meth, $1,700 during Minn. traffic stop
Feds find MNsure tech vulnerabilities, but state says they are fixed
Independent study film focuses on immigrant students
The Lynx look for one more win for the WNBA crown
WCT Sports Show: Cardinal boys soccer team onto state
Indians blank Jays to book trip to World Series
Prep Football: KMS stuns Browerville on the road
Vikings' Sam Bradford returns to Philadelphia to face Carson Wentz
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
Rolling Stones to release new album in December
Lady Gaga to perfom Super Bowl halftime show
Meander weekend features celebration of art, community
As 2017 looms, time to review your Medicare coverage
Live it! Q&A: Taking a holistic approach to medicine
The prairie chicken is featured on Northland Outdoors TV
Fast food influence kids' soda and calorie choices
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September 7, 2016
Disaster aid coming to Chippewa, Yellow Medicine counties and Upper Sioux
ST. PAUL—Disaster aid will be on its way to Chippewa and Yellow Medicine counties and the Upper Sioux Community, Gov. Mark Dayton announced...
September 7, 2016 - 7:55pm
July 28, 2016
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
WILLMAR—Like a squirrel and its winter stores, Willmar Municipal Utilities is starting to build a stockpile of coal, so it is ready when the winter winds blow. However, transportation lags are causing some concerns.
July 28, 2016 - 12:00am
May 10, 2016
Willmar Municipal Utilities celebrates a milestone anniversary
WILLMAR — It was 1891 when the first utility works and commission were established in Willmar. Approved March 7, 1891, in a landslide vote...
May 10, 2016 - 12:32am
April 19, 2016
New energy park to be constructed in Shakopee
SHAKOPEE — The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has begun construction on a new 46-megawatt distributed generation power facility near Canterbury Park in Shakopee. The natural gas-fueled facility will add electric generation capacity to the 12 communities and utilities, including...
April 19, 2016 - 8:13am
April 11, 2016
Summer street work will relocate Spicer’s July 4 holiday activities
SPICER — A major street and utility project in downtown Spicer this summer will affect the town’s popular July Fourth activities, including...
April 11, 2016 - 12:05am
January 19, 2016
Tim Hunstad, finance director at Willmar Municipal Utilities, dies at work
WILLMAR — Tim Hunstad, finance director for Willmar Municipal Utilities, died Friday while at work. Hunstad worked for the Willmar Municipal...
January 19, 2016 - 4:10pm
December 21, 2015
Willmar Utilities hopes eastside water line is repaired by early afternoon
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities officials hope a water line break this morning under Litchfield Avenue Southeast just east of Lakeland Drive will be repaired by early afternoon. Water service to several customers within three blocks including Burger King and Subway was disrupted...
December 21, 2015 - 10:18am
October 3, 2015
Heartland accepting applications for heating assistance
WILLMAR — Heartland Community Action Agency Inc. is now accepting applications for its Energy Assistance Program. The federally funded program provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain electric and heat services during the winter heating months. Assistance...
October 3, 2015 - 12:16am
September 14, 2015
Willmar Utilities Commission OKs transfer payment of over $2M to city
WILLMAR — The city of Willmar will receive an intergovernmental transfer payment of $2,136,842 from the city-owned Willmar Municipal Utilities in 2015, the Municipal Utilities Commission decided Monday. Most municipal utilities such as Willmar have some sort of agreement with their...
September 14, 2015 - 8:16pm
September 4, 2015
Broadband ‘as important as textbooks’ to education
ST. PAUL — Many rural Americans compare providing high-speed Internet connections to the years when telephones and electricity were moving...
September 4, 2015 - 12:36am
June 29, 2015
Willmar Utilities begins installing smart meters
WILLMAR — Willmar Municipal Utilities has begun a multi-year installation of residential smart electric meters that will eventually be programmed...
June 29, 2015 - 12:00am
May 31, 2015
Xcel Energy to check lines via helicopter inspection
MINNEAPOLIS — Xcel Energy will be inspecting its transmission lines via helicopter starting Monday. The examination of lines in Minnesota and in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota is an effort to ensure safety and reliability for Xcel’s customers, Xcel said in a news release. Crews...
May 31, 2015 - 11:51pm
May 13, 2015
Utilities restores power in northwest Willmar
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities restored power at 3 p.m. today to all 1,250 customers in the northwest corner of Willmar who were in the dark for about an hour following a power failure. Utilities Operations Director John Harren said staff was investigating the cause...
May 13, 2015 - 3:45pm
Solar energy: A new farm crop from proposed Aurora project
PAYNESVILLE — Dale Haglund has no doubt that a 13-acre swath of land on his Brooten racehorse farm would be put to better use as a solar farm...
February 13, 2015 - 11:59pm
December 16, 2014
Willmar Utilities moves forward with substation plan
WILLMAR — No action Monday night by the Willmar City Council let stand a land purchase agreement that allows the Willmar Municipal Utilities to move ahead with preliminary design for the proposed Priam substation. “The utility is pleased we will be able to move forward with the...
December 16, 2014 - 10:43pm