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WILLMAR -- A new county ordinance that incorporates state rules for septic systems was approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The ordinance for individual subsurface sewage treatment systems goes into effect April 1. It includes most of the old ordinance and new state rules counties were required to adopt. The state approved the new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency rules in 2008. Counties have until February 2010 to adopt and implement the state rules.
Icy roads are making driving difficult and a forecast of heavy snow is resulting in schools closing today in west central Minnesota. Some schools, like Montevideo and Benson, did not attempt to have school today because of icy roads. Other districts, like Willmar and New London-Spicer sent students home early because of heavy snow. Dan Effertz from the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, said Willmar will get 3-5 inches of snow by mid-afternoon.
WILLMAR -- Maintenance on Kandiyohi County roads will be trimmed this year to reduce expenses. During a road and bridge meeting Thursday, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners approved $260,000 in cost-saving measures proposed by Public Works Director Gary Danielson. They shifted an additional $134,000 in maintenance cuts to the construction budget. "We asked how we can cut back without hurting the public," Danielson said.
WILLMAR -- Maintenance on Kandiyohi County roads will be trimmed this year to help reduce expenses. During a road and bridge meeting Thursday, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners approved $260,000 in cost-saving measures proposed by Public Works Director Gary Danielson. They shifted an additional $134,000 in maintenance cuts to the construction budget. "We asked how we can cut back without hurting the public," said Danielson.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota counties are not taking kindly to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal to create 15 regional family service agencies to replace individual county departments. Kandiyohi County Family Services Director Jay Kieft on Tuesday summed up the basic response: "No.
WILLMAR -- A committee that's studying what kind of sanitary sewer system Diamond Lake should construct said it will bring an answer to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners by no later than May 5. The commissioners said Tuesday they want to see the project completed by 2010 in order to meet deadlines for fixing septic systems that are out of compliance. The commissioners have offered to extend the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District lines to Diamond Lake, but residents of the southern Kandiyohi County lake undertook their own studies to consider other options, including a clu
WILLMAR -- Calling it a "very significant event," state Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion praised the collaboration between Kandiyohi and Big Stone counties for sharing dispatch services for law enforcement and other emergency services. "You underestimate what you've achieved here," Campion told the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners as it signed the formal agreement Tuesday to provide dispatch services for Big Stone County.
WILLMAR -- Chef Grant Huisinga has 10 years of food preparation experience and is in his third year as a business owner. Not bad for a guy who's only 25. "I knew I wanted to be in the industry," said Huisinga of his early decision to attend culinary school in Minneapolis and spend his days satisfying people's taste buds. Huisinga, a Willmar resident, owns and operates Heglund Catering and also provides weekday noon meals at MinnWest Commons, located on the MinnWest Technology campus. Both parts of his business are based in the spacious kitchen and window-lined cafeteria on the grand, histo
COSMOS -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District is moving ahead with plans to rent out classroom space at the district's elementary school in Cosmos for a regional alternative learning program for students with autism and behavioral disorders. The district has been negotiating with the Southwest/West Central Minnesota Service Cooperative for the past year to house the two-part alternative education program in Cosmos. Last week the ACGC School Board gave preliminary approval to take the process to the next step.