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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is joining a multistate network to raise the county’s exposure to high-growth companies seeking to locate in the rural Midwest. The EDC’s one-year membership in Community Venture Network was approved Thursday. The $4,250 cost will be split with the MinnWest Technology Campus, which is also joining the network. “This is something that is new for us,” said Jean Spaulding, assistant director of the Economic Development Commission.
WILLMAR — A piece of history chugged into town Saturday with a visit by the Milwaukee Road No. 261, a steam locomotive restored to the heyday of the steam-powered train. Spectators waited in a cold rain Saturday morning for a sight of the train, which was carrying more than 300 passengers on a 186-mile round trip excursion from Minneapolis to Willmar and back. Trailing a plume of steam and smoke, the engine was visible from a long way off as it neared its destination.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is expected to take formal action next week to appoint Shane Baker as Kandiyohi County attorney. The board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is taking steps to fill its agriculture and renewable energy specialist position. The full-time position became vacant with the recent resignation of Leroy Petersen. Petersen had been with the EDC since February. Steve Renquist, executive director of the Economic Development Commission, said he wants to fill the position by the beginning of January.
WILLMAR — A piece of railroad history is chugging into town Saturday with a visit by the Milwaukee Road No. 261 steam engine. Willmar is the train’s last stop during a day-long excursion that starts Saturday morning in Minneapolis. The train will use the former Great Northern Railway line, now part of BNSF Railway, on its 186-mile round trip to Willmar and back. It will arrive at the Willmar depot around noon Saturday and will be there for about two hours, said Judy Sandberg, one of the organizers of the excursion.
WILLMAR — The office of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will stay where it is, at least for now, but staff will continue looking at other locations. Members of the EDC joint operations board came to this conclusion Thursday after two months of discussing and exploring their options. The office has been at Centre Place, on the corner of Litchfield Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Willmar, for the past five years. The lease expired this summer and the space is now being rented month by month.
Irrigation isn’t something most crop farmers in water-rich southern Minnesota tend to worry about. But climate change is altering the picture and putting new, unforeseen pressure on the state’s agricultural producers, say two state experts on the economy and agriculture.In the future, water management could become “the next major differentiator” for crop producers, said Michael Swanson, senior vice president and ag economist and consultant with Wells Fargo and Co.
Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota has agreed to purchase the former Goodwill building on South First Street in Willmar and move its offices and ReStore to the new location next March. The announcement of the purchase agreement with Quad Partnership, the building’s owner, was made Monday. “The opportunity was there,” said Joline Hovland, executive director of Habitat for Humanity. “Things just kind of fell into place.”
With a few clicks, Family Practice Medical Center patients can see their lab results online, review their medication list or peruse the doctor’s summary of their most recent visit. One year after launching a patient portal, it’s hard to find a down side, say clinic officials. The portal has made it easier to share information with patients. It’s helping patients become more engaged in their care. Most of all, people appreciate the convenience, said Kari Mobraten, the clinic’s business manager.
WILLMAR — With a wet, chilly weekend in the forecast, the Willmar-area Walk to End Alzheimer’s, originally scheduled to be held Saturday morning at Robbins Island Park, is moving indoors to the Willmar Civic Center. Organizers made the announcement Thursday morning. All times will be the same. Registration and check-in event festivities are from 9 to 10:15 a.m. The opening ceremony is at 10:15 a.m., followed by the walk at 10:30 a.m. The closing ceremony is at 11:30 a.m.