David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Willmar's Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday approved a long-term agreement that ensures Willmar will continue to receive its current allocation of electricity from the Western Area Power Administration. The Western Area Power Administration, often known as WAPA, sells and delivers cost-based hydroelectric power and related services within a 15-state region of the central and western United States. Willmar Utilities interim co-manager Wes Hompe said WAPA requested the contract.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Housing and Redevelopment Authority on Monday will ask the City Council to approve a second funding application to continue downtown commercial and residential rehabilitation efforts begun two years ago. HRA Executive Director Jill Bengtson will ask the council to support the proposed Small Cities Development Project application for just under $1.1 million from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The project proposes to rehabilitate owner-occupied and commercial properties in the target area bounded by Pacific Avenue to Willmar Avenue and f
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Planning Commission Wednesday night approved a conditional use permit requested by the Islamic Society of Willmar to allow an Islamic mosque at the former Lafayette Elementary School at 1112 Lake Ave.
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar and Willmar Municipal Utilities deny liability and damages alleged in a lawsuit filed by fired utility general manager Bruce Gomm. The city and utility Friday filed an answer to Gomm's lawsuit in Kandiyohi County District Court. The commission voted 5-2 Feb. 27 to terminate Gomm, effective this Wednesday, based on policy violations and findings in an investigative report conduct by attorney Dyan Ebert of St.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved Mayor Frank Yanish's appointment of seven people to the GreenStep Cities Task Force. Task Force members are Andrew Bjur, Andy Engan, Donn Winckler, George Christensen, Cory Christensen and Beverly Dougherty. Council member Steve Ahmann was appointed as council liaison. Bjur was appointed by the city to be local GreenStep coordinator. He has served on the Planning Commission and Community Education and Recreation Advisory Board. Engan has served on the Planning Commission.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has selected the law firm of Flaherty and Hood of St.
Businesses are selling more products directly on the Internet. Online selling is a viable option for a home-based business or enha-ncing an existing business because of the relatively low costs if done smartly and the wide geographical target market. Business owners interested in learning more about online sales and using the Internet are invited to participate in a five-part workshop beginning today. The workshop is sponsored by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The first class in the series will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members delayed a decision Monday on selecting a law firm to replace Rich Ronning, who retires March 31 after serving as city attorney for the past 37 years. They voted 4-3 during a special session prior to Monday night's regular meeting to interview Anderson Law Offices of Willmar. Anderson would be the third law firm to be interviewed. Representatives of the law firms of Flaherty and Hood of St.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Area Food Shelf has set an ambitious fundraising goal of a quarter million pounds of food and dollars during the 30th annual Minnesota FoodShare Campaign. The March campaign helps restock Minnesota's 300 food shelves. "Last year we ended up at the very last day of the campaign at over 220,000 pounds and dollars,'' says Christie Kurth, Willmar Food Shelf executive director.
WILLMAR -- Local veterans are seeking City Council approval to install new lights at the Flags of Honor. The flags honor individuals who have served their country. The flags and poles were moved from Sperry Park and placed at the current site on North Business 71 where veterans erected light poles more than 30 years ago to highlight the flags.