David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR — City staff and the consultant designing the Lakeland Drive roadway and sanitary sewer project will be asking the Willmar City Council if the council wants to scale back some of the initially proposed work because it may not be needed right now. The consultant and staff working on the project decided to take a second look at what work was actually needed after original cost estimates for replacing the sanitary sewer line and reconstructing the roadway rose more than anticipated, said Bruce Peterson, city planning director and acting public works director.
ST. PAUL — Dave Baker was elected chair-elect of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2013-14. He is owner of Baker Hospitalities Inc. of Willmar. … Archive...
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council approved a motion 4-3 Tuesday night to adopt a formal written policy that increases the council's oversight of city spending on capital expenditures over $10,000. The motion was made by Ron Christianson and seconded by Steve Ahmann. Voting in favor were Christianson, Ahmann, Tim Johnson and Rick Fagerlie. Voting against were Bruce DeBlieck, Audrey Nelsen and Denis Anderson. Jim Dokken was absent.
WILLMAR — Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish said he will consider a request from Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners Chairman Harlan Madsen to appoint two council members, along with City Administrator Charlene Stevens, to serve on a work group to explore joint opportunities with the county. Madsen made the request in a letter dated Tuesday to Stevens. Madsen said two commissioners and County Administrator Larry Kleindl would also serve.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners certified the preliminary 2014 budget at its meeting Tuesday. The $58.9 million budget is a slight increase over 2013 and includes a net tax levy increase of 1.17 percent. It's the lowest levy increase in the last seven years. "It is a balanced budget," said County Administrator Larry Kleindl. While the overall county net levy will increase, Kleindl said individual county property taxes may actually go down.
GRANITE FALLS — Law enforcement authorities continue looking today for Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls as a person of interest in connection with an apparent homicide early …...
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Granite Falls Police are looking for a person of interest in an apparent homicide that occurred early this morning in...
WILLMAR — Discussion about $228,000 in across-the-board cuts in city staff memberships, dues, travel, training, and in professional services in Mayor Frank Yanish's 2014 proposed $44.6 million budget got personal between Yanish and City Council member Audrey Nelsen at this week's Finance Committee meeting. During the hour-long meeting, Nelsen, a committee member, said training and certification were important for staff to carry out their jobs. Nelsen asked Yanish at least four times to explain and clarify his reasons for the proposed cuts.
WILLMAR — Mayor Frank Yanish is proposing a city budget of $44,686,059 for 2014. Of the total budget, $15,528,583 is for general operating; $16,773,881 is for capital improvements; $1,682,816 for special revenue/internal services; $2,499,201 for debt service; and $8,201,578 for wastewater treatment. The general operating portion of the budget includes $1,703,036 in transfers for capital improvements.
DARWIN — No injuries were reported but an estimated 150 to 180 gallons of diesel fuel leaked onto U.S. … Archive Material - Subscription required to continue reading Log in...