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February 14, 2017
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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
May 23, 2016
John Harren, director of operations for Willmar Municipal Utilities, was appointed interim general manager Monday.  (FILE | TRIBUNE)
Willmar Municipal Utilities appoints interim manager
May 23, 2016 - 11:41pm
May 10, 2016
The present Municipal Power Plant was built in 1923, with the most recent addition in 1968. At minimum, it is staffed 24/7 by two workers: a system operator and a boiler operator. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)
Willmar Municipal Utilities celebrates a milestone anniversary
May 10, 2016 - 12:32am
May 4, 2016
Protecting Willmar's water from potential contamination
May 4, 2016 - 10:58pm