David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Store managers were generally pleased as hundreds of people waited for doors to open as early as 3 a.m. Friday for the start of the traditional holiday shopping season. Parking lots were jammed, and customers at the Kandi Mall Shopping Center and other stores along South First Street were pushing carts and carrying bags full of gifts. People were seen calling home to check whether they should buy a particular item.
WILLMAR -- Benjamin Carlson, 14, of Willmar has been interested in firefighting for as long as he can remember. "I've always wanted to become a firefighter,'' he said.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission is recommending a water rate increase of 9 to 10 percent per year in 2011 and 2012 to address a variety of needs in the Water Department. The commission voted Monday to approve the increase and to hold a hearing at the Dec. 13 meeting to take comments from the public. Actions of the commission require final approval by the City Council. If the increase is approved, the new rate would take effect by Feb.
WILLMAR -- The federal government's release of former airport land to the city of Willmar continues to hinge on the historical significance of the old airport's deteriorating terminal building and the 4.5 acres of land surrounding it. That was the assessment of City Administrator Michael Schmit who along with others from Willmar met last week with representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office in St.
WILLMAR -- Festivities begin at 3 p.m. Saturday on Becker Avenue in downtown Willmar for the annual Holidaze celebration. Events include food booths, sleigh rides, coffee and roasting chestnuts, prizes and costume contest. Linda Pate of the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office will lead the Willmar Walks historic walking tour through downtown at 3 p.m., starting at Selvig Park. Other events include: * 3 p.m. -- story time at Willmar Public Library. * 3-6 p.m. -- free hot chocolate at First Presbyterian Church. * 3-6 p.m. -- Memorial Room open at City Auditorium. * 3:15-6:15 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council this week received a report from the Public Works/Safety Committee on the first year of private street-sweeping service. The council in May voted to contract on a trial basis with Cleaning and Restoration Services of Willmar to provide additional street cleaning service in 2010 using its vacuum-type sweeper, and delayed a decision on whether the city should buy a vacuum sweeper. The city has a broom-type sweeper and was considering the possibility of buying a vacuum sweeper to remove finer particles from streets to comply with requirements under the state'
WILLMAR -- Most Willmar City Council members believe the mayor should retain the power to veto council action on ordinances and resolution. Council members made their thoughts known during discussion Wednesday about a Charter Commission proposal to extend the time period from 96 hours (four days) to seven days during which the city clerk must present to the mayor a record of the proceedings of any adjourned council meeting. No change is being proposed to the following seven-day time period in which the mayor can approve or veto council action. City Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday said seven-
WILLMAR -- Tom Lindemann is bullish on the future of commercial development in Willmar. Lindemann, Realtor and owner of Pro 1 Realty Professionals in Willmar, handles about 80 percent of all commercial transactions within a 30-mile radius and is the only full-time commercial real estate company in this quarter of the state. Lindemann works closely on development issues with Kandiyohi County officials and staff and City of Willmar officials and staff, including Steve Renquist, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, and Bruce Peterson, c
Walk around downtown Willmar, see points of interest and get some exercise -- all at the same time. That's the theme of Willmar Walks, three exact-mileage fitness and historic walking routes in and around the downtown area. The routes and 18 points of interest along the routes are shown on a banner hanging at Selvig Park downtown at Fourth Street and Becker Avenue Southwest. Brochures are available at Willmar Public Library, Lulu Bean's and Rick's Cycling & Sports Center. The routes are marked by triangular pavement logos.
Mayor-elect Frank Yanish says he's received a mandate from Willmar voters. Yanish, who easily defeated incumbent Mayor Les Heitke in the Nov. 2 general election, will be sworn in for the four-year term as mayor at the Jan. 10 City Council meeting. "We do believe that the people have spoken. We're going to do the best job that we can for the city of Willmar,'' he said. "In my opinion, we have received a mandate.