David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Numerous factors led to lower than projected production of electricity in the first 12 months of operation for Willmar Municipal Utilities' two wind turbines.
WILLMAR -- Dan Koosman of Willmar has found success in developing and managing rental property. All it takes is a combination of luck, favorable economic conditions and good renters. "Development and management of rental takes a little bit of luck, with just a lot of paying attention and really following up with getting good renters,'' says Koosman, where his south-facing office on U.S. Highway 12 East looks out on Cambridge Estates he's been developing for nearly 30 years. "That's the name of the game. You need good renters. Period.
'You need something deeper to carry you through' For Charlie Nelson and Richard Falk, both of Willmar, every day is Valentine's Day when it comes to showing their love in caring for their wives who are experiencing long-term health challenges. Charlie Nelson Charlie Nelson's wife, Jan, is a resident of Rice Care Center in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Demolition begins today rather than Sunday of the condemned Templo Mahanaim Assemblea de Dios Church at the corner of Seventh Street and Highway 12/Litchfield Avenue Southwest in Willmar. Traffic next to the church will be diverted today and Sunday during the demolition process. The eastbound lanes of Litchfield Avenue will be closed to traffic. Traffic will be diverted to the westbound lanes, one lane in each direction.
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council member Steve Ahmann said he wants to know the cost and be convinced that now is the time to construct the proposed western interceptor sewer line. The proposed 2.35-mile sewer line, estimated by engineers at $3.6 million, would serve the west and northwest areas of town and will allow the city to develop the eastern half of the proposed industrial park at the old airport and provide municipal sewer services to businesses that build there. Ahmann asked the questions during council discussion Monday of a recommendation by engineering consultants Donohue and Asso
WILLMAR -- Mayor Frank Yanish asked Willmar City Council members Monday night to discuss the possibility of recording council committee meetings for presentation on the city's WRAC public access television system. During last fall's mayoral campaign, Yanish raised the idea of recording committee meetings. Council members reached no final decision but everyone agreed to discuss the idea when council members hold their upcoming planning retreat. The chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building where the council meets twice a month is permanently equipped with cameras and control equipment for
WILLMAR -- The deteriorated Templo Mahanaim Assemblea de Dios Church at the corner of Litchfield Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest is tentatively scheduled for demolition Feb. 13 and 14, a city official says. Bruce Peterson, city director of planning and development services, says the demolition permit that had been issued to Chad Monson of Monson Excavating of Willmar has now been assigned to MAAC Inc.
WILLMAR -- Flood insurance is not available to property owners in the city of Willmar under the National Flood Insurance Program. However, many insurance policies do cover water damage from sewer or drain backup. "There are many misconceptions ab-out insurance coverage and flooding,'' says Bob Johnson, president of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota.
WILMAR -- Six streets in the Vos Park area in the northwest part of town are proposed for reconstruction in the preliminary 2011 street improvement report approved by the Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee. The Vos Park streets were built between 1978 and 1980 and are rated in poor condition with surface cracking, some rutting and other signs of wear and tear, according to the report presented by Public Works Director Holly Wilson to the committee Tuesday night. The streets are: - 33rd Street Northwest, from First Avenue to Third Avenue. - Third Avenue Northwest, from 30t
WILLMAR -- A new organization has opportunities for younger individuals who want to make friends, build client and colleague networks, and improve their abilities, knowledge and skills. NeXt -- an organization for people age 19 to 40 -- hopes to attract and retain the community's young talent while developing the next generation of leaders. The organization's name is kind of catchy, says Bob Mathiasen, chief credit officer at Heritage Bank in Willmar and NeXt Leadership Team chair. "We're the next generation, we're the next business leaders, we're the next employees, we're the next resident