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WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Commissioners will hold a work session next month for in-depth discussion about the future needs of the county's highway system and the pros and cons of a local option sales tax to help pay for the most pressing projects. The session will be at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19, after the board's regular meeting that morning. A location will be announced later. It will be an opportunity to get all the information on the table, said Larry Kleindl, county administrator.
MONTEVIDEO — Four men face felony charges stemming from a brawl outside an apartment building in Montevideo last month during which a handgun and a loaded rifle were brandished. Albert Vanlier Hughes and Steven Lee Johnson, both of Montevideo, made initial appearances Wednesday in Chippewa County District Court.
WILLMAR — A Lake Lillian man convicted in a firearms incident last summer at a popular nightspot in Spicer won't go to prison but will have to serve time in jail. Dennis Michael Jacobson, 39, was sentenced Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. A jury found him guilty in June on a felony charge of reckless discharge of a firearm within the city limits and misdemeanor charges of carrying a pistol while under the influence and fourth-degree driving while impaired.
WILLMAR — A $10 million project to bring broadband to rural northern Kandiyohi County is officially dead. In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, Consolidated Telecommunications Co. said it was pulling out of the project, citing financial considerations. In the months since a state grant was awarded to help with construction of a fiber line, the project incurred $1.2 million of additional costs due to higher interest rates and construction costs, the company said in its statement.
WILLMAR – A $10 million project to bring broadband to rural northern Kandiyohi County is officially dead. In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, Consolidated Telecommunications Co. said it was pulling out of the project, citing financial considerations.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will have a work session this coming week on the possibility of a local option sales tax for transportation. The board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., Willmar.
WILLMAR — The dogs at Hawk Creek Animal Shelter remain under quarantine after a case of canine influenza was confirmed in one of them earlier this month. But no new cases of dog flu have been confirmed since then, and the animals who were sick are recovering, said Bobbie Bauman, director of operations for the shelter. "The dogs are starting to feel better," she said. No new illness has been seen since the beginning of this week, Bauman said.
WILLMAR — The long-term future of the Eagle Lake sewer system was on the table Tuesday as the three entities involved — the Willmar City Council, the Kandiyohi County Board and the Eagle Lake Sewer Commission — debated the options. One of those options is for a new agreement between the city and the county to continue operating the system under similar terms as before. Alternatively, the city could assume complete ownership of the system. It will likely be at least a few months before any decisions are made.
WILLMAR — Customer signups for a broadband project in north central Kandiyohi County appear to have reached the goal. It may still be a few more days, however, until Kandiyohi County officials learn whether the project is officially moving ahead. The county is partnering with Consolidated Telecommunications Co. of Brainerd to bring high-speed internet to approximately 1,600 households, businesses and institutions in the north central part of the county.