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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
Briana Sanchez / Tribune file photo
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
Briana Sanchez / Tribune file photo
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
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