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willmar municipal utilities

March 9, 2018
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune

Willmar Utilities Water and Heating Supervisor Joel Braegelman uses a device to listen for leaks in a pipe. To keep water loss low, staff members keep their eyes – and ears – out for leaks in the water system and repair them.
Willmar residents’ water conservation efforts have greatest impact on usage
March 9, 2018 - 7:02am
February 24, 2018
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Willmar Municipal Utilities seeks to join Missouri River Energy Services
February 24, 2018 - 7:03am
February 20, 2018
Tribune file photo of Willmar wind turbines
One Willmar wind turbine could stand still for weeks awaiting replacement part
February 20, 2018 - 7:43am
The Willmar Power Plant (Rand Middleton / Tribune file photo)
Staff losses lead to changes at Willmar Power Plant
February 20, 2018 - 6:36am
January 10, 2018
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Construction will begin this year on  a new Priam substation, one of the top projects on tap for Willmar Municipal Utilities. The total project is estimated to cost around $4.5 million and has been in the works since 2010.
Major Willmar Utilities projects begin this year
January 10, 2018 - 11:07pm
2017 wasn't a great year for the wind turbines
January 10, 2018 - 11:05pm
Photo by Scott Schultz

A break in a 4-inch water main caused a leak that traveled under the blacktop to the catch basin, causing a void under the black top.
Water main repaired along Trott Avenue in Willmar
January 10, 2018 - 7:03am
January 6, 2018
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Willmar Municipal Utilities purchases the vast majority of its power on the market via power supply contracts. The Utilities Commission is now deciding whether to continue purchasing power as an individual or join a joint action agency.
Willmar Utilities considers power supply options
January 6, 2018 - 6:24am
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune

The Willmar City Council approved raising 2018 water rates charged by Willmar Municipal Utilities. No change  in electric rates is planned, but a new franchise fee will be charged.
Willmar council OKs increase in water rates
December 6, 2017 - 6:32am
December 1, 2017
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The Willmar Municipal Utilities plant will now primarily run on natural gas, and the coal pile behind the power plant will be used only as a backup fuel source. No further coal will be purchased.
Willmar Municipal Utilities turns away from coal
December 1, 2017 - 6:00am
November 15, 2017
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John Harren, Willmar Municipal Utilities general manager, said the proposed water rate hike would be the first time rates for water or electricity have been increased since 2015.
Willmar Utilities rates likely going up
November 15, 2017 - 7:14am
October 30, 2017
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While no decision has been made about the future of the power plant once the district heat system is shut down in 2020, Utilities General Manager John Harren said he hopes a decision is made before 2020. Options range from replacing the current generators in the plant with more efficient models to shutting the plant down completely.
Willmar utilities commission approves severance package for power plant employees
October 30, 2017 - 6:31am
October 26, 2017
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Willmar Municipal Utilities keeps their equipment and large vehicles on Benson Avenue Southwest, located near the main office on Litchfield Avenue. The long-range plan has been to combine the office building and service center into one facility between Seventh Street and 10th Street Southwest and Litchfield Avenue and Pacific Avenue Southwest, but that may not be feasible.
Willmar Utilities declines land purchase, debates options for new facilities downtown
October 26, 2017 - 6:28am
October 25, 2017
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Joe Baker, operations foreman and chief of the Willmar municipal power plant, checks the inside of the boiler.
Willmar Municipal Utilities contemplates rate increases
October 25, 2017 - 6:54am
September 1, 2017
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune
A Willmar Utilities commissioner get a look at the 50-year-old coal/natural gas burning boiler inside the Willmar Power Plant.
Willmar Municipal Utilities commission tours facilities before budget debate
September 1, 2017 - 7:02am