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December 6, 2017
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
July 17, 2017
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune

Upgrades at the northeast water treatment plant in Willmar could help reduce the amount of salt ending up it the city's wastewater. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regulates the level of salty discharge, and Willmar Municipal Utilities and the city of Willmar are looking for ways to meet those standards.
Willmar water needs to cut back on the salt: City, Municipal Utilities plan improvements
July 17, 2017 - 6:34am
June 20, 2017
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Willmar's district heat ends in 2020
June 20, 2017 - 6:48am
June 12, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

Matt Blumhoefer, left, and Rori Stafford, right, work on a car part by flashlight and sunlight Monday, June 12, at Blake's Auto Repair in Atwater. Blake's was one of the businesses in Atwater that lost power early Sunday because of the severe weather. Blake Schroeder, owner, said they were still open but they were only working on projects they could do without power. The garage doors were both open at the shop so Blumhoefer and Stafford could get some work done without light.
Power back on for many after storm, Atwater still without power
June 12, 2017 - 5:14pm
June 9, 2017
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The Willmar Municipal Utilities service center building houses the city's hot water heating system.
Willmar City Council schedules district heat decommission hearing
June 9, 2017 - 5:47am
May 19, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

Joel Braegelman talks about the city's hot water heating system, Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Willmar Municipal Utilities service center building.
Municipal Utilities will save more without district heat
May 19, 2017 - 8:11am
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