David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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NEW LONDON -- Five fire departments were hauling water, and garbage was being dug up, in an effort to extinguish a fire smoldering in trash buried five years ago at the Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill in rural New London. Landfill clerk Mary Peterson said employees reporting for work Thursday morning saw smoke but no flames rising from the ground. The site was excavated and the New London Fire Department was called to put out the smoldering garbage. However, smoke was noticed again Friday morning.
WILLMAR -- A landscape architectural firm will be using comments from citizens to refine concepts for a redesigned downtown Becker Avenue. The 15 people who on Tuesday attended an open house sponsored by the Willmar Design Center were asked by consultant Bruce Chamberlain of Hoisington Koegler Group Inc.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Mayor Les Heitke made a pitch Wednesday afternoon for a multimillion-dollar state appropriation to help the city pay for the new $86.2 million wastewater treatment plant and conveyance system. "The city of Willmar is requesting $20 million in state funding to go toward the $86.2 million (project), the-reby reducing the future fin-ancial burden placed on Willmar's ratepayers,'' Heitke told members of the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee. He said the new plant will replace failed technology at the existing 70-year-old plant, will reduce phosphorus loading in the
WILLMAR -- Small wind turbines would be allowed to generate "green'' power in residential, commercial or industrial areas under an ordinance initiated by the Willmar Planning Commission. The purpose of the Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance, as it was approved by the Planning Commission on Oct.
WILLMAR -- Mr. B. Chocolatier is back. The popular Willmar chocolate business is under new ownership and is once again hand-making and will be selling those delicious Swiss truffles and Belgian-style chocolates at the kitchen and retail shop located at 916 Litchfield Ave. S.W. "The Original Mr. B. Chocolatier Chocolates Company Inc.,'' as the business is now called, is owned by Steve and Kathy Hanson of Litchfield.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital officials want Willmar City Council members to understand they must vote unanimously on a charter ordinance amendment that would extend the term limits for Rice Hospital Board members. The importance of the 8-0 vote was stressed by Rice Board President Wayne Larson during the Monday afternoon meeting of the council's Finance Committee and by Rice Chief Executive Mike Schramm during the Public Works/Safety Committee meeting Tuesday afternoon. Larson and Schramm attended the meetings to give council members a chance to ask questions before the council conducts
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities' two new wind turbines are fully operational, but the two-person elevator inside each turbine tower is not. State elevator inspectors recently shut down the elevators because the state does not have standards for the European-designed elevator inside each turbine and Willmar must wait until the state comes up with standards. "Since it's a relatively new design for this area, the state elevator inspectors have had a little bit of a challenge coming up with permit requirements for the units,'' says Bruce Gomm, Willmar Utilities general manager.
WILLMAR -- Construction of about 200 feet of storm sewer pipe and underground utilities continued Tuesday along state Highway 40 in preparation for future extension of Willmar Avenue Southwest into the city industrial park. Willmar Avenue will connect with a new portion of Willmar Avenue built through the old airport between County Road 5 to about Highway 40. The plan calls for Willmar Avenue to be angled northwesterly at 22nd Street, cross the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks, cross Highway 40 and connect to the new street in the industrial park. A new Willmar Avenue railroad c
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Public Works Department, with help from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, has been on the lookout this summer for the emerald ash borer that has killed millions of ash trees in 13 states including Minnesota, and parts of Canada. So far, there's been no sign locally of the pest. The adult is bright, metallic green and measures half an inch long and one-eighth of an inch wide.
WILLMAR -- Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard says the Willmar Public Schools had about 360 students who were absent Friday, but he said that number is less than the number absent earlier in the week and he said there is no major flu outbreak in the school district. An outbreak is defined as either absenteeism of 5 percent of more or the flu-derived absence of three or more children from the same classroom. In an interview Friday afternoon, Kjergaard said he doesn't know if all absent students had the flu or if they were absent for other reasons. "Our attendance was better today than it was ear