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WILLMAR — If you covet a week in July for your annual camping trip to one of the Kandiyohi County parks, get your laptop ready. Reservations open Saturday for the 2017 season — and for the first time campers will have the option of registering online. County officials hope the new system will be welcomed by customers. Until now, Kandiyohi County was one of only two counties in Minnesota where online reservations at county-owned campgrounds were not available, said Larry Kleindl, county administrator. "We'd like to change that," he said.
Sam is a 2-year-old male Labrador and German shepherd mix who was transferred from another shelter. He is in a play group with a couple of other dogs that he enjoys spending time with and wrestling. He can follow the commands "sit" and "stay." This sensitive dog is a fast learner and will be most successful in a home that does not have young human children. Interact with him, offer him toys and see what an amazing dog he is.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners turned the page Tuesday to a new year, swearing in three board members whose terms start this year and electing officers for 2017. It was the first official meeting for Steve Ahmann, the former Willmar City Councilman who was elected in November to represent the Second Commissioner District for the next four years.
WILLMAR — Starting this week, smokers in Kandiyohi County will have to stand at least 25 feet away from business and workplace entrances if they want to smoke outdoors. Electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in the same public places where conventional smoking is prohibited. Retail tobacco outlets in Kandiyohi County also must end the practice of sampling.
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will organize for the upcoming year at its first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday. The board meets at 9 a.m. in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. The meeting will open with the election of the board chairman and vice chairman for 2017, followed by the designation of the county's official newspaper for publishing legal notices. Reorganization and committee appointments are up next.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board took another step last week toward construction of an overpass over the south end of the pending railroad bypass west of Willmar, voting to enter into a professional services agreement to complete the overpass design. The agreement with WSB and Associates of Minneapolis includes the final design, bridge inspection and geotechnical services. The cost comes to $605,000, part of which has already been incurred for the preliminary bridge design by WSB.
WILLMAR — Public awareness and education will be at the forefront next year in Kandiyohi County's ongoing battle against aquatic invasive species. A beefed-up force of watercraft inspectors at boat landings also will be a priority, said Stephanie Felt, the county's AIS prevention coordinator. "The key is going to be the prevention effort," she said. The Kandiyohi County Board last week confirmed the work plan developed by the county's aquatic invasive species task force for next year.
WILLMAR – The Kandiyohi County Commissioners voted Tuesday to keep their pay for 2017 at the same level as this year. Their vote against giving themselves a raise was unanimous and accomplished with the briefest of discussions. At $30,764.23 a year, the commissioners’ salaries have only a minimal impact on the county’s overall $72 million budget. But there’s a symbolic value in forgoing an increase, the commissioners said Tuesday.
WILLMAR — Nearly a year into a comparable worth study, Kandiyohi County has reached the benchmarking stage and will finalize a primary salary structure within the next couple of months. "We're making good progress," Connie Mort, the county's human resources director, told the County Board of Commissioners during a recent update.
WILLMAR — A lengthy agenda awaits the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners for its upcoming meeting. The County Board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. Part of the meeting will be occupied with end-of-the-year business, including setting the commissioners' salaries for 2017 and reporting on the administrator's annual review.