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WILLMAR — Local leaders greeted the announcement of broadband grant funds Wednesday with enthusiasm, calling it good news for rural Kandiyohi County. Two projects in Kandiyohi County made the list of recipients of border-to-border technology infrastructure development grants, announced Wednesday by state officials. Consolidated Telecommunications Co. will receive $4.94 million to improve high-speed internet services in a rural neighborhood that includes the New London, Spicer and Willmar areas. The grant was the largest to be awarded.
The first few days of life for Blaze, Cassian and Jyn were a challenge that these three kittens conquered. At about the age of 2 days, they were separated from their mom and came to the shelter cold to the touch. After reuniting with mom, getting warmed up and feeding, they have continued to thrive.
WILLMAR — A new overpass that takes Kandiyohi County Road 5 across Minnesota Highway 23 will begin taking shape next week with the setting of the beams for the bridge. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this week that the beams will be set the week of Jan. 16, weather permitting. Motorists should expect traffic delays while the beams are put in place. Traffic will not be allowed through the worksite in both directions for approximately 15 minutes, according to MnDOT.
WILLMAR—Beams for the Kandiyohi County Road 5 bridge overpass at Minnesota Highway 23 are scheduled to be set the week of Jan. 16. Traffic will be held in each direction while the beams are set. The approximate hold time will be 15 minutes. The Highway 23/Kandiyohi County Road 5 project is an effort to improve safety at the intersection of Highway 23 and Kandiyohi County 5. This location has experienced a higher than expected crash rate, making it a sustained crash location. The approximate construction cost is $3 million.
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Public Works Department reminds the public that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street. Improperly placing snow on or near a public road creates hazards including slippery areas, drifting, sight obstructions, unsafe access and drainage problems. According to Minnesota statute, obstructing a highway or depositing snow or ice on a highway is a misdemeanor and can result in a fine. The only exception is for utilities, highway departments and their employees and contractors.
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.