David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Two Willmar Municipal Utilities linemen could be home Friday after working the past week and a half on Superstorm Sandy relief. Casey Jenny and Dick Thynes voluntarily joined thousands of linemen and tree trimmers from municipal utilities and electric cooperatives from Minnesota, other states and Canada in repairing power lines, poles and other electrical infrastructure. Thousands of East Coast residents and businesses lost power due to high wind and water damage caused by the hurricane Oct. 29. Jenny and Thynes left Willmar in a bucket truck Nov.
WILLMAR -- Election Day voter turnout in Willmar during Tuesday's general election was 74.4 percent, according to City Clerk Kevin Halliday. The city had 9,370 registrants when polls opened at 7 a.m.
WILLMAR -- Willmar voters in Ward 4 returned incumbent Jim Dokken to the City Council in Tuesday's general election. Dokken is completing 14 years on the council. Dokken defeated challenger Jay Lawton 864 to 578 in unofficial returns. Dokken carried all three precincts, with 236 to 142 in Precinct 1; 248 to 171 in Precinct 2; and 380 to 265 in Precinct 3.
KANDIYOHI -- Dr. William Reid was director of pathology at Rice Memorial Hospital in 1967 when he and his wife, Ute, bought two miles of shoreline and about 220 acres of farmland and woods on the west shore of Lake Kasota. "When I came out here to work at Rice Hospital, I saw all these wonderful lakes,'' said Reid, who as a kid swam in the lakes near his home in Oakland County north of Detroit.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities is among a handful of Minnesota municipal utilities sending personnel and trucks this weekend to the East Coast to help restore power knocked out earlier this week by Hurricane Sandy. Willmar linemen Casey Jenny, who has been with the utility for three years, and Dick Thynes, a 29-year veteran, departed Willmar in a bucket truck at 7 a.m. Friday and headed to a staging point in Rochester where they joined crews and trucks from other utilities at about 10 a.m.
WILLMAR -- More than 800 customers lost power for about 90 minutes Tuesday morning after a car struck and broke a mainline power pole near the American Legion on 19th Avenue Southwest. Willmar Utilities General Manager Wesley Hompe said the car hit the pole at 12:43 a.m. The pole is part of the main feeder line that serves portions of the Kandi Mall and the Skylark Center and First Street and residential areas west of Skylark and north of 19th Avenue. Hompe said 884 customers were without power until approximately 2:15 a.m.
WILLMAR -- Jim Dokken says he's running for re-election to the Willmar City Council to be a voice for the citizens of Ward 4, to provide efficient city services for all citizens and to be a good steward of their tax dollars. Challenger Jay Lawton says he will bring a fresh perspective to the council and will work to make the city a better and stronger community. Their names will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. During the Oct.