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WILLMAR — Documents were signed this week to finalize a partnership enabling the development of local food-focused businesses at a site in downtown Willmar. The agreement between the Willmar Design Center and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota will allow for the purchase and rehabilitation of the building known as the Barn Shed, located at 313 Fourth St. S.W. According to a news release, plans call for turning the space into a center for businesses focused on local food.
SPICER — Ron and Kim Wothe, owners of Glacial Ridge Winery of Spicer, have been named the Minnesota Encore Entrepreneurs of the Year by the U.S.
WILLMAR — An information meeting hosted next week by the Kandiyohi County Drug-Free Communities Coalition will give parents and the rest of the public a chance to hear facts and statistics about underage alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use. The town hall meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
WILLMAR — If you live in Kandiyohi County, you’re in the top tier of Minnesota counties when it comes to quality of medical care and overall quality of life. But Meeker County, just next door, has one of the region’s best high school graduation rates, while Swift County has the lowest rate of violent crime and injury-related deaths. New health rankings show how counties stack up when it comes to the many factors that shape overall health, from socioeconomics to the physical environment. The rankings, released Wednesday, are meant to give communities a starting point for talking about what t
WILLMAR — A newly formed joint venture between Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers to strengthen local orthopedic surgery services is off to a strong start. A locum tenens surgeon arrived at the beginning of March and is performing surgeries as well as filling some of the gaps in the on-call schedule, officials with Rice and ACMC said this week. “He has a very wide repertoire of cases he can do.
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.