David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Willmar Police Chief David Wyffels has commended five individuals for rescuing a Willmar man who probably would have died from injuries suffered last week when he was pinned and lay bleeding under an all-terrain vehicle. In letters to the individuals, Wyffels said the actions of Michele Ward, Janet Gunderson, Cheryl Baumgartner, Andrew Kodet and Tony Halls in lifting the heavy ATV off 35-year-old Jed Watje in the driveway of his home last week literally saved Watje's life. "I believe that you displayed civic qualities that you are to be commended for,'' Wyffels wrote. The acciden
WILLMAR -- Willmar Fire Chief Marv Calvin said there are no suspects in the Nov. 3 fire that damaged one unit of the vacant Highway 12 Motel on U.S. Highway 12 East in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Discussion will continue this week on whether or not a solar project is economically feasible for the Willmar Municipal Utilities. A report from Christianson and Associates of Willmar, which was hired as an independent en-tity to analyze expenses and returns and calculate whether or not the project is economically viable, is expected to be available Thursday when a three-member planning committee and utility officials meet to continue the discussion. Jon Folkedahl, director of electric production, told the Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday that the planning committee will d
WILLMAR -- Mayor Frank Yanish said he intends to help downsize city government.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Finance Committee will be looking for money next week in the mayor's proposed 2012 budget for the $23,200 contract for the airport's fixed-base operator. Funding was inadvertently omitted from the proposed budget. However, city officials say the contract with Maximum Cruise Aviation to provide certain airport services is important and that funding will probably be taken from another budget area. Maximum Cruise has a number of airport duties, according to City Administrator Charlene Stevens.
WILLMAR -- It was October 2008 when the Willmar City Council formed the Charter Commission with the task of revisiting and proposing amendments to the charter -- the city's governing document. "We are approaching the end of that process,'' Shawn Mueske, chairman of the nine-member commission, told the City Council this week. Mueske said an ordinance amending the charter has been written, proofed and is ready for council consideration. He requested the council set a date for a public hearing on the ordinance and the council approved the request. The hearing will be conducted Dec.
WILLMAR -- A memorandum of understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration that establishes three milestones for the phased release of the old airport property to the city has been approved by the Willmar City Council. The memorandum was discussed and received the recommendation of the Community Development Committee last week. The council unanimously approved the memorandum without discussion Monday night and authorized Mayor Frank Yanish and City Administrator Charlene Stevens to sign it. In an interview following the 48-minute council meeting, Yanish said he is pleased to have the
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will be asked next week to consider approving a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration that establishes three milestones for the phased release of the old airport property to the city. City staff and the Community Development Committee are recommending council members approve the memorandum at their Monday night meeting and authorize Mayor Frank Yanish and City Administrator Charlene Stevens to sign it. The agreement ensures the city completes tasks in each milestone to FAA's satisfaction.
WILLMAR -- About 1,200 young people and adults will gather this weekend at the Willmar Conference Center for an event planned and coordinated by the Southwest Minnesota Synod Lutheran Youth Organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Southwest Minnesota Synod Junior High Youth Gathering is the largest event of its kind in the ELCA, which is comprised of 10,000 congregations according to the ELCA website.
WILLMAR -- The city is proposing to construct a storm sewer line in a three-phase project that would alleviate flooding problems near Bill Taunton Stadium and in a neighborhood in the southwest corner of town. The project envisions replacing a 22-inch diameter drain tile line that starts on the west side of 22nd Street Southwest across from the stadium and meanders southwesterly to a point where it empties into County Ditch 46 just west of the intersection of 30th Street and 30th Avenue Southwest. Under the first phase, the city is proposing to construct a 54-inch diameter storm sewer line a