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WILLMAR -- City Council members this week debated but took no action on possibly rescinding an earlier decision to help fund the cost of participating in the proposed Vision 2040 long-range community planning process. The city will join the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Willmar Public Schools and Kandiyohi County -- each contributing $5,000 -- toward the cost of hiring a facilitator and developing a long-range plan to meet community needs. A similar process called Vision 2020 began in late 1999, ended in 2008 and resulted in a number of new programs and facilities.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will be required to adopt parliamentary rules of procedure but not necessarily those listed in a City Charter amendment. The requirement to adopt rules is among amendments recommended by the Charter Commission after 3½ years of research and discussion, and unanimously approved by the council Monday night. Since holding its first meeting in March 2009, the Charter Commission sought advice from the city attorney and department heads, studied the charters of other cities and held work sessions with the council to discuss and reach consensus on proposed amendm
This story has been corrected to show Feb. 12 is the date of the special election. WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Monday night accepted the resignation of Ward Four council member Doug Reese, who was elected to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners in the Nov. 6 general election. Reese's resignation is effective Dec. 31, 2012. Reese is completing his 26th year on the council and has two years remaining in the current four-year term.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council would be required for the first time to conduct its meetings under an authorized set of parliamentary rules of order and business, rather than its own rules and order of business, if the council adopts a proposed City Charter amendment next week. The council would be required to adopt one of five authorized sets of parliamentary rules proposed in the amendment. Besides requiring the council to select a set of rules from those listed, the proposed amendment eliminates language in the current charter that allows the council to adopt its own rules and order o
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council would be required for the first time to conduct its meetings under an authorized set of parliamentary rules of order and business, rather than its own rules and order of business, if the council adopts a proposed City Charter amendment tonight. The council would be required to adopt one of five authorized sets of parliamentary rules proposed in the amendment. Besides requiring the council to select a set of rules from those listed, the proposed amendment eliminates language in the current charter that allows the council to adopt its own rules and order of
WILLMAR -- Torgerson Properties is planning a nearly $10 million remodeling and refranchising project at the site of the Willmar Holiday Inn, Willmar Conference Center, Green Mill Restaurant and Comfort Inn on U.S.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Finance Committee is recommending that funding requests from the Willmar Baseball Boosters Association and Kandiyohi County Historical Society be paid in 2012 rather than 2013. Both groups had asked to be among nine organizations to receive city funding assistance in the mayor's 2013 proposed budget. Initially, the boosters requested $14,000 to make final payment on a loan that financed construction of Bill Taunton Stadium at Baker Field, but the council reduced the amount to $13,000. The historical society requested $1,000 a year for five years, beginn
WILLMAR -- The annual Holidaze event will mark its 10th anniversary with a parade and other free activities for children and adults beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Willmar. The first Holidaze event was held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002. It was mainly a parade organized by local media including the West Central Tribune and was an effort to kick off the holiday season with a fun and joyous event. The day of the event was later moved to Saturday. More events have been added to attract families, and the number of sponsors has expanded to almost three dozen.