David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved a terminable licensing agreement with Willmar Ten to allow parking in city-owned highway right-of-way for a new Goodwill Store proposed at the vacant corner of 19th Avenue Southwest and First Street South. Willmar Ten, a group of local investors, proposes to construct a 22,600-square-foot building and lease it to Goodwill, so the property will be taxed, according to a Willmar Ten member. Goodwill is a not-for-profit enterprise that supports the Easter Seal program and other philanthropic activities. The council unanimously approved the agreem
WILLMAR -- There's a French quality to Willmar's newest bakery. Travis Hanson, a graduate of a top French pastry college, and his wife, Christina, are offering chouquettes, macarons, salambos, Paris-Brest, French chocolates, special order cakes and artisan breads in addition to Danish pastries, scones, caramel rolls and cookies at Timeless Traditions, 1108 First St. S. "It's French inspired is how we put it,'' says Christine. The Hansons, both 29, believe there's a demand for what they're offering.
WILLMAR -- Heavy rainfall from a severe storm caused temporary flooding Sunday night at low-lying intersections in Willmar, according to City Public Works Superintendent Ron Gilbertson.
WILLMAR -- People who grew up during the 1960s can relive that revolutionary decade through songs and stories at a free concert Saturday night in Willmar. Stage and screen vocalist Prudence Johnson and pianist, accordionist and occasional storyteller Dan Chouinard, both of Minneapolis, will present "Tiptoe through the '60s'' from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. All ages are welcome. During the first half of the concert, Johnson and Chouinard will perform music from the decade.
WILLMAR -- Downtown improvement proponents are disappointed the proposed $3.6 million rehabilitation of the historic Lakeland Hotel in Willmar fell through Tuesday after difficulties arose with the project's complicated financing plan. But they vow to maintain a broad coalition of supporters and to find other developers or ways to move the project along. "It's very disappointing that this fell through. I thought we were so close,'' said Richard Engan, president of the Willmar Design Center.
WILLMAR -- Funding difficulties have sunk the proposed $3.6 million redevelopment and rehabilitation of the historic Lakeland Hotel in downtown Willmar. Rick Goodemann, executive director of Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership of Slayton, the project's developer, said Tuesday afternoon that the project is not feasible because the housing partnership was unable to obtain low-income housing tax credits allocated by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. Under the project's complicated financing plan, the tax credits would have funded more than 50 percent of the cost of converting the 30-stu
WILLMAR -- The developer of the proposed $3.6 million Lakeland Hotel redevelopment project in downtown Willmar has pulled out because of a funding glitch. Rick Goodemann, executive director of Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership of Slayton, the project's developer, said today the project was not feasible because his agency is unable to use low-income housing tax credits from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, which would have funded more than 50 percent of the former hotel's rehabilitation costs. "It's very, very disappointing,'' Goodemann said. "We did work hard on it.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission members received a training session Monday from City Attorney Robert Scott on best practices for compliance with Minnesota's Open Meeting Law. Scott is with the St.
WILLMAR -- Jen Ridler was head lifeguard when she and other staff at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center in Willmar were threatened last summer by three individuals after one was told he was not wearing proper swimwear. Rules require patrons to wear a swimsuit in the pool. Gym shorts, athletic wear and gym wear are not acceptable because the materials can clog the filters and cause the pool to close until repairs are made. All three became belligerent after one was told he needed to wear a swimsuit.
WILLMAR -- Analysis of air, soil and water samples taken by Community Christian School students from the nearly Ramblewood Slough indicate the slough is healthy and in good condition, according to teacher Sam Green. Green's eighth-grade earth science students took the samples last fall and this spring at three sites around the slough. The purpose of the study was to check for pollution and water quality.