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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is renewing its search for potential new office locations. Members of the joint operations board last week agreed to appoint a subcommittee to identify and evaluate the possibilities. The goal is “to come up with the facts so we can make a decision,” said Bev Dougherty, chairman of the EDC joint operations board. The Economic Development Commission has had its office at Centre Place at the corner of Fourth Street and Litchfield Avenue in downtown Willmar for almost six years.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has put its support behind a major proposed project to create a railroad bypass west of Willmar. Members of the joint operations board on Thursday said they would back a resolution to participate in applying for a TIGER II grant through the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program. “We think there’s huge potential here,” said Bruce Peterson, development director for the city of Willmar. Local officials came close to submitting a TIGER grant application in 2010, then had to back d
When she lived on her own in New London, Phyllis “Clem” Tone, 83, was often alone and felt she depended on her adult children “more than I wanted to.” Her new suite at Compassionate Cottage has a large window overlooking the front lawn and plenty of room for her rosemaling, cherished wood sculptures made by her late husband, family pictures and cozy furniture. Three months after moving in, she says she feels more secure. “That was the nicest thing about being here — I know I’m safe.
WILLMAR — Willmar businessman Dave Baker gained endorsement from Kandiyohi County Republicans this weekend for the Minnesota House of Representatives seat in District 17B. Baker led in the first ballot and won the endorsement on the second ballot, capturing 63 percent of the delegates’ votes over the party’s other hopeful, Linda Kacher. A minimum of 60 percent was required to secure endorsement. “Now we go into supporting Dave as our endorsed candidate,” said Rollie Nissen, chairman of the Kandiyohi County Republican Party.
WILLMAR — Willmar businessman Dave Baker gained endorsement from Kandiyohi County Republicans this weekend for the Minnesota House of Representatives seat in District 17B. Baker led in the first ballot and won the endorsement on the second ballot, capturing 63 percent of the delegates’ votes over the party’s other hopeful, Linda Kacher. A minimum of 60 percent was required to secure endorsement.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Republicans called for unity Saturday as they prepared to endorse their party’s candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 17B. Republicans lost the House seat two years ago when legislative freshman Mary Sawatzky, a DFLer, was elected, unseating Republican incumbent Bruce Vogel. Party leaders at the county convention Saturday said they aim to put a Republican back in House this fall.
WILLMAR — Hoping to spark discussion and generate innovative ideas, local organizers are bringing a one-day live stream of the noted TED conference to Willmar this coming month. The TEDx Live event will be hosted March 18 at the MinnWest Technology Campus auditorium. It’s a chance for local participants to see and hear some of the latest and best in technology, entertainment and design, said Betsy Bonnema, the lead organizer for TEDx Willmar Live.
WILLMAR — A pilot program is using colorful Lego blocks to help develop social skills and confidence in children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder and other challenges. While they are building imaginary houses, vehicles and towns, they will also learn how to be part of a group and make new friends, said Jamin Johnson, director of The Resource Center Program, and Nikki Bettcher Erickson, who will lead the Lego Fun and Friendship Club. “It will be a safe place to work on those skills and to develop active friendships.
WILLMAR — In the wake of red ink last year, Rice Memorial Hospital officials say they’ll continue to focus on paring down expenses. According to preliminary figures, Rice sustained a $3.2 million loss on $119.2 million in total operating revenue in 2013, making it one of the hospital’s most difficult years. The deficit includes a $2.8 million operating loss coupled with a $389,000 non-operating loss due at least partly to declines in cash and investments. The losses came despite intensive efforts by the city-owned hospital to wring out costs and increase efficiency. The fiscal environment
WILLMAR — Two autographed seats from the old Metrodome are among the items to be auctioned off when the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties holds its annual Save Our Tails fundraiser Feb. 28. Organizers hope to raise $22,000 to support programs and services at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar. The annual fundraiser is an important event for the local Humane Society, said Sharon Mace, executive director. “We serve a wide area — Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties,” she said. “It’s crucial to our sustainability.” Save Our Tails is at 6 p.m. Feb.