David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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The Minnesota Department of Education will withhold about $21,300 in state aid from the BOLD School District because the School Board and the BOLD Education Association did not reach agreement on a new 2009-2011 contract ahead of Friday's deadline, a BOLD official says. BOLD is one of 28 school districts around the state that missed the deadline, according to Education Minnesota, the state teachers union. BOLD Superintendent Tom Farrell said Monday the state will withhold $25 per pupil unit during the 2009-2010 year. Both sides met for the first time Sept.
WILLMAR -- In 2004, Lori Henrikson of Benson developed Charcot's foot, a complication of diabetes that leads to weakening of the bones and fractures in the foot. In most cases, the problem affects only one foot. Henrikson needed a brace to prevent further dislocation of the bones in her left foot. She might have had to drive to St. Cloud or the Twin Cities to obtain an orthotic device, but got what she needed closer to home at Hagen Orthotics & Prosthetics Inc.
WILLMAR -- The value of construction permits for all homes, apartment buildings and commercial and industrial buildings issued in Willmar in 2009 was the third lowest during the past 10 years, according to a recap of construction activity released by Bruce Peterson, director of city planning and development services. But 2009's $30,922,475 valuation is skewed by $3,664,756 in housing permits issued at the tail end of 2009 for the Westwind low-income housing project in southwest Willmar.
WILLMAR -- A milestone was reached when construction of 29,145 feet of interceptor sewer line in Willmar's $86.2 million wastewater treatment project was completed in December, eight months ahead of schedule. The line generally follows 28th Avenue/30th Avenue Southwest and runs 5½ miles between the new plant and a point near The Home Depot store, where the line joins a shorter section of interceptor built in 2006 and 2007 between the old treatment plant on Willmar Avenue Southeast and the new interceptor.
WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke is cautioning Willmar City Council members to consider how the state's budget deficit may affect funding for local programs. "What we do locally and how to pay for it always has to be looked at in terms of what we might be burdened with from the state,'' says Heitke. The mayor offered his comment Monday evening to the council's Finance Committee as the committee began preliminary discussion of ideas to raise additional revenue to finance and accelerate the city's street reconstruction program. No decisions were reached. One of those ideas might be issuance of a
WILLMAR -- An architect's study says the Willmar Municipal Utilities could reduce its office and vehicle and equipment storage space needs and improve efficiency under either one of two reorganizational options. The space reduction could be accomplished by either constructing a new combined office and service center near downtown, or construct new facilities in the industrial park. Those options were recommended by GLT Architects of St. Cloud. Their study began a year ago and included visits by architects to the utility's facilities and interviews with employees.
WILLMAR -- Residents may notice many boulevard trees, previously trimmed for overhead power lines, have been refilling with branches and leaves each season.
Willmar Police said this morning that 42-year-old David Wayne Chambers of Willmar was arrested on assault and terroristic threat charges in connection with a five-hour standoff Thursday night at his residence in the 1400 block of 13th Avenue Northeast. The standoff began after police officers responded to a 911 call at 6:52 p.m. of a man with a gun threatening to kill himself and threatening to kill any law enforcement officer who came to his residence.
A dispatcher at the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office in Madison described road conditions Thursday afternoon as "crappy'' as a winter storm brought heavy snow to the parts of the region. The dispatcher said state plows were working but county plows were not working.
WILLMAR -- Due to a short agenda, the Willmar City Council set a new record Monday for the shortest meeting: 12 minutes. The meeting started at 7:05 p.m. and was adjourned at 7:17 p.m. according to the official watch of City Administrator Michael Schmit, who was taking minutes in the absence of City Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday. Schmit said the previous record was 15 to 17 minutes, but he couldn't recall the date.