David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Frank Yanish has filed for the office of mayor of Willmar in the November general election. Yanish will face incumbent Mayor Les Heitke who has filed for re-election. The term of the office of mayor and city council member is four years. Yanish grew up in Annandale and worked as a sales representative in the food industry for 25 years. For the past 19 years, he and his wife, Lorna, have been owners and operators of Central Tire and Auto of Willmar. Yanish served six years on the Willmar Planning Commission and served three years as commission chairperson.
WILLMAR -- The indirect owner and holding company of En-Tel Communications LLC in Willmar will change to Windstream Corporation, but Willmar residents who receive cable services from En-Tel will see no change in service or rates, Willmar city officials have been told. Iowa Telecommunications Systems, the indirect owner and holding company of En-Tel, has entered into an agreement and merger plan dated Nov. 23, 2009, with Windstream Corporation. Windstream will become the indirect owner and ultimate holding company of En-Tel.
WILLMAR -- A weather-related disease is causing ash trees to lose their leaves in Willmar and in other cities in the region. Anthracnose, a common type of fungal spot on ash trees, is caused by the fungus Discula and survives winter on infected plant tissue. During the spring and summer when the weather is cool and wet, spores are produced on infected tissue. These spores are spread by wind and splashing rain to buds, shoots and expanding leaves where new infections occur, according to the Minnesota Extension Service. Leaf spots are irregular in shape and usually appear brownish in color.
WILLMAR -- The old wastewater treatment plant site may be used for future storm water management after the new treatment plant begins operation, under action taken by the Willmar City Council. The council this week revised the contract with Donohue and Associates to redesign the plan for decommissioning the old plant. The revised plan would allow for future storm water improvements at the old site. Donohue, the consultant overseeing the new wastewater treatment project, will redesign and revise the plan at a cost not to exceed $87,275. The new plant, located west of the city, will replace
WILLMAR -- Leaking windows will be replaced and other improvements at the nearly four-year-old airport terminal will be made at no cost to the city under a memorandum of understanding approved by the Willmar City Council Monday night. The memorandum spells out the responsibilities of airport consultant HNTB Corporation, architect Bonestroo Inc., and contractor Everstrong Construction. After the terminal was built in September 2006, water was found leaking into the building at numerous locations during heavy rainfall.
WILLMAR -- Nearly 100 people from the Hispanic population and a few Anglo supporters sat and stood elbow to elbow in the Municipal Utilities meeting room Monday night as more than 30 speakers expressed their opposition to the possibility of Willmar participating in a federal immigration enforcement training program. Speakers told the City Council the training was not necessary because the police department already works with U.S.
WILLMAR -- Construction activity was down substantially in 2009, with a total valuation of $30,992,475. That figure was down from the record of $70 million in 2008, but was more in line with a typical year, according to the annual report from Bruce Peterson, director of planning and development services for the City of Willmar. Permits were issued for 17 single-family homes and permits were issued for the 28 twin-home units in the Westwind low-income housing project.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Monday will consider a committee's recommendation to sell 140 acres of former airport land that would not be needed for industrial park redevelopment during the next 20 to 25 years. The city has been working on redeveloping the old airport into an industrial park after the new airport was built west of the city and opened in September 2006. The 140 acres that the Community Development Committee is recommending be sold by real estate auction consists of two tracts: a 60-acre piece located south of state Highway 40 and an 80-acre piece located west of Cou
WILLMAR -- Members of the Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee are continuing the discussion -- but made no decision -- about possibly participating in a federal immigration law enforcement program. The committee Tuesday afternoon received background information about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) program from Police Chief Jim Kulset. The council had directed Kulset to provide more information about the ICE program. The program allows state and local law enforcement entities to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint memorandum of agreement, in orde
WILLMAR -- Heartland Consumers Power District of South Dakota is offering to become a power supplier for Willmar Municipal Utilities, but Heartland needs a letter of intent in order to begin negotiations on a long-term power supply agreement. "We are here to address the opportunities we may have for future power supply,'' according to John Knofczynski, manager of engineering and operations for Heartland Consumers Power District of Madison, S.D.