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WILLMAR — Look for the fee structure at the Kandiyohi County landfill to change, starting Jan. 1. The County Board of Commissioners has adopted revisions in the county's solid waste ordinance that change the landfill tipping fees and increase the environmental service charge. New restrictions also will be placed on county residents who bring their own garbage to the landfill. In most cases customers will pay slightly more, either in direct costs or indirectly through their commercial garbage collection bill.
WILLMAR — Two forums are scheduled this week to give the public a chance to learn about the views of the candidates running for the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. There is one contested seat this year on the County Board. Incumbent Doug Reese and Willmar City Councilman Steve Ahmann both filed in the Second Commissioner District. They will be featured at a forum hosted by the Willmar Area League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Municipal Utilities auditorium.
WILLMAR — Voters in Kandiyohi County's Second Commissioner District will choose between Doug Reese and Steve Ahmann Nov. 8 to represent them on the County Board. Reese, the incumbent and the current vice chair of the County Board, is seeking re-election to a second four-year term. Ahmann is a longtime member of the Willmar City Council looking to gain a seat as a County Commissioner.
WILLMAR – As planning and design continue on the multimillion-dollar railroad bypass west of Willmar, one big question looms for the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners: When will the county...
WILLMAR — With open enrollment less than two weeks away for individual health plans through the MNsure exchange, the consumer's best bet is to act early and to avoid leaving any tax credits on the table. Enrollment begins Nov. 1 amid soaring premiums, growing instability in the market and calls by state leaders for change. That makes it more important than ever for consumers to shop diligently and take advantage of any tax credits they may qualify for, said Allison O'Toole, chief executive of MNsure.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Fair board members were looking forward this year to an outstanding fair — good attendance, popular grandstand attractions and plenty to do and see. Then came the deluge of Aug. 11, swamping the fairgrounds and the rest of Willmar with 10.5 inches of rain. It was the first night of the fair. Organizers were forced to close the gates early, sacrificing ticket sales. Livestock shows and entertainment had to be cancelled.
ST. PAUL—Minnesotans have under a week left to pre-register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election. The deadline is Tuesday. Currently 3.2 million Minnesota residents are registered to vote, the largest number the state has seen ahead of election day. An additional 800,000 citizens are eligible to vote but haven't yet registered.
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Public Works Department office in Willmar announced that construction crews will be installing a culvert on County Road 92, one-quarter of a mile west of County Road 5. County Road 92 will be closed in this area beginning Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.. This project is located approximately two miles northwest of Willmar. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
WILLMAR — Under proposed changes in the Kandiyohi County solid waste fee structure, customers will end up paying slightly more for garbage disposal, starting next year. But the tradeoff is long-term — extended life for the county landfill through 2050. The County Board of Commissioners set a public hearing on a series of proposed amendments to the county's solid waste ordinance. The hearing is at 11:15 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Health and Human Services Building.
WILLMAR—Kandiyohi County agreed Tuesday to a 10-year property tax abatement for a proposed hotel and event center project in New London—but not before two citizens spoke in opposition. John Burns of Willmar called the abatement request a "million-dollar giveaway" at the expense of local taxpayers. If the public really understood what was happening, "this room would be packed," Burns said during a public hearing Tuesday on the abatement request by Glacial Ridge Hospitality and Little Crow Country Club.