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WILLMAR -- Interviews will be held Wednesday with semifinalists for the Willmar Municipal Utilities general manager position. After they've met with each of the candidates, members of the Utilities Commission plan to winnow the field to two or three finalists. The hope is to have a new general manager selected by mid-September, Steve Salzer, vice president of the Municipal Utilities Commission, said Monday. "We want to move it along relatively quickly," he said. The commission was briefed with an update Monday on the hiring process.
WILLMAR -- Minnesotans are more willing to take responsibility for their health than they're given credit for, according to the findings in a newly released state report. The report also uncovered more common ground on the contentious issues surrounding health care reform than is often recognized. "We heard over and over again that people are willing to make the choices," said Scott Cooper of the Bush Foundation, which partnered with the Citizens League to develop the report. The findings sum up attitudes, opinions and commentary from more than 1,000 citizens across Minnesota who participat
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture this week announced the formation of a new Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority whose main task will be to oversee the development of a dairy research and teaching facility. Expect Kandiyohi County to make an aggressive effort to be named as a host site, members of the operating board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission were told Thursday. "We've been working on this for two years.
WILLMAR -- The prospect of backyard chickens in town apparently doesn't have Willmar residents crowing with enthusiasm. As a result of all the negative feedback they have received, members of the Willmar City Council decided Monday to send a proposed animal ordinance back to the committee level for more discussion. Councilman Steve Ahmann said he has not heard from anyone who is in favor of the ordinance, which would set standards for allowing people to raise chickens, rabbits and pigeons within the city limits. The nuisance-factor potential makes it something that is unlikely "to enhance t
WILLMAR -- The Robbins Island swimming beach on Foot Lake remains closed after routine testing last week uncovered a high fecal count. Water conditions at the beach are most likely due to a combination of the local Canada goose population, runoff from recent rainfall and typical late-summer stagnant water, said Steve Brisendine, Willmar Community Education and Recreation director. "We want to try to keep it safe," he said.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital has received a $500,000 settlement as part of a successful class-action suit against the U.S.
WILLMAR -- The Robbins Island swimming beach on Foot Lake remains closed after routine testing last week uncovered a high fecal count. Water conditions at the beach are most likely due to a combination of the local Canada goose population, runoff from recent rainfall and typical late-summer stagnant water, said Steve Brisendine, Willmar Community Education and Recreation director. "We want to try to keep it safe," Brisendine said.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has agreed to seek a new full-time fire chief and fire marshal -- but not without some debate over whether other options ought to be explored for filling the position. The council's vote Monday night clears the way for the application process to begin. The position opened up this summer when Marv Calvin, who has been the city's fire chief and fire marshal for the past 12 years, resigned to take a new position as a liaison for the Minnesota St-ate Colleges and Universities Fire Consortium. Calvin's last day is Thursday. Council members debated in the Labo
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital will aim for at least a 2 percent annual profit margin for the next five years and will continue to build up its debt capacity to take on new projects. These two goals are contained in a five-year financial plan that received an endorsement Friday from the finance committee of the hospital board of directors. The committee will recommend approval of the plan to the full board, which meets Aug.