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April 12, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune file photo

Joel Braegelman talks about the city's hot water heating system Jan. 24 at the Willmar Municipal Utilities service center building.
Willmar City Council weighs future of district heat
April 12, 2017 - 10:45pm
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

District heating pipes are shown in the the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in downtown Willmar. Kandiyohi County is moving ahead with conversion plans for heating the county courthouse and the Willmar Public Library ahead of the possible discontinuation of the city's district heating system.
County gears up to convert library, courthouse heating systems
April 12, 2017 - 10:44pm
March 10, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

Midwest Asbestos Abatement Contractor workers Matt Wood, left, and Harley Winters carry metal sheeting to a truck Thursday at the Willmar Power Plant. The MAAC workers were removing the sheeting from the side of a cooling tower to be torn down over the next couple weeks.
Crews begin teardown of cooling tower at Willmar Municipal Utilities
March 10, 2017 - 6:30am
February 14, 2017
Tribune file photo

Willmar Municipal Utilities schedules the city's power needs by the hour, to make sure the load can be met. Electricity comes from local sources, such as the power plant shown above, the wind turbines on the edge of Willmar, or from power contracts and the marketplace.
Scheduled to the hour: Willmar works to meet its electrical demand
February 14, 2017 - 9:09pm
January 28, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune
Joel Braegelman, water and heating supervisor for Willmar Municipal Utilities, is shown Tuesday at the service center building, which itself is served by the district heating system that the Municipal Utilities Commission has decided to discontinue. The process will be a long one, and only the first steps have been approved.
Willmar Utilities moves to end district heating
January 28, 2017 - 7:00am
January 16, 2017
Tribune file photo
Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission elects new officers for 2017
January 16, 2017 - 6:13am
December 14, 2016
Renewable energy sources, which include wind, solar and hydroelectric, account for 22 percent of Willmar’s power load.  Wind turbines produce just a small portion of that.

Briana Sanchez / Tribune file photo
Nearly a quarter of Willmar's power is renewable
December 14, 2016 - 7:00am
November 29, 2016
The present Municipal Power Plant pictured in a May file photo is located at the intersection of 7th Street and Litchfield Avenue Southwest in Willmar. The plant's security was breached recently by an unknown intruder, who found his way to the roof before being secured. File photo / Rand Middleton / Tribune
Officials review security of Willmar power plant after intruder incident
November 29, 2016 - 9:35pm
September 26, 2016
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune

John Harren, current Willmar Municipal Utilities Director of Operations, was chosen as the new permanent general manager at Monday's meeting of the Municipal Utilities Commission. Harren, currently the interim general manger, was the lone finalist for the position.
Harren chosen as permanent GM for Willmar utility
September 26, 2016 - 9:01pm
August 18, 2016
Willmar Municipal Utilities opts for iPad tablets
August 18, 2016 - 12:56am
July 28, 2016
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
July 28, 2016 - 12:00am
July 27, 2016
A Willmar Municipal Utilities worker in this October 2015 photo operates a front-end loader on the utilities' coal pile to make room for receiving more. Willmar Municipal Utilities is trying to stockpile coal for this winter, but railroad deliveries are lagging. (Tribune file photo)
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
July 27, 2016 - 11:50pm
July 25, 2016
Willmar Utilities to test its network security
July 25, 2016 - 11:50pm
June 17, 2016
Power restored in Willmar after outages
June 17, 2016 - 10:11am
June 15, 2016
Willmar Municipal Utilities power equipment in excellent shape after annual overhaul
June 15, 2016 - 11:49pm