David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Members of the Willmar City Council's Finance Committee are continuing their review of the mayor's proposed 2011 budget. As part of their budget review, committee members have been looking at various budget accounts during the past several meetings leading up to council approval of the budget in December. On Monday, the committee focused on the wastewater treatment plant budget, which accounts for 33.4 percent of the mayor's $25.6 million budget. The new $86.2 million wastewater treatment and conveyance system is the largest infrastructure project in the city's history, said Stev
WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke says his main priority is what's best for Willmar. Heitke is completing his fourth four-year term as mayor and is seeking a fifth term in the Nov. 2 general election. He is opposed by businessman Frank Yanish. Heitke said he's repeatedly asked about city finances.
WILLMAR -- Willmar businessman and mayoral candidate Frank Yanish wants to provide new leadership and new vision to the city. "We've had somewhat of a contentious ride in the City Council, city staff, and sometimes it gets a little heated,'' said Yanish during an interview at Central Tire and Auto Inc., which he and his wife, Lorna, own. "What I'm going to try and do with a new leadership is to bring forth a teamwork attitude.
WILLMAR -- Judge Michael J. Thompson has postponed the omnibus hearing for a Willmar man char-ged with shooting at a Willmar police officer. Friday morning's hearing was delayed un-til 1:15 p.m. Jan.
WILLMAR -- The month of October has been proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month "in recognition of the important work'' done by Safe Avenues in Willmar, formerly known as Shelter House, and by domestic violence programs throughout the nation. The proclamation, signed by Mayor Pro Tempore Doug Reese, urges all citizens "to actively participate in the scheduled activities and programs to work toward the elimination of personal and institutional violence against women.'' The proclamation was read by Reese in the absence of Mayor Les Heitke during the Willmar City Council meeting Monday ni
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved a change order in the loan agreement with the Public Facilities Authority for decommissioning old wastewater facilities. The change order will separate the decommissioning work into two phases: decommissioning the old wastewater treatment plant, and decommissioning two sewer system lift stations that are no longer needed. The old wastewater plant is no longer treating industrial and municipal waste and the structures will be demolished. All waste is now flowing and being treated at the new plant, said Doug Reese, mayor pro tempore, at the cou
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Area Community Foundation will honor the Linder family of Willmar for its steadfast belief that generous giving creates a prosperous en-vironment for business, employees, families and community. The family will be honored during the fifth annual Award in Philanthropy di-nner hosted by the Willmar Area Community Foundation tonight at the Willmar Conference Center. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, couple or family who has significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region, either through their personal philanthropy, their work as a vol
WILLMAR -- Motorists will soon see that Willmar is part of a statewide group that connects and coordinates organizations, agencies and companies to provide resources and support for members of the armed forces and their families. Five signs declaring Willmar as a Yellow Ribbon City are expected to be placed at state highway entrances to the city in recognition of local efforts to care for military members and their families through various programs. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a proclamation on Sept. 20 designating Willmar as a Yellow Ribbon City.
WILLMAR -- Dorothy Gaffaney, longtime Willmar Housing and Redevelopment Authority staff member and executive director, has resigned to take a position with the Glenwood Housing Authority. Gaffaney's last day at Willmar was Thursday. The Willmar City Council created the HRA in 1966 and Gaffaney joined the agency in 1970 as the assistant to Irv Rau and Roy Soderlund who were sharing the executive director's position.
WILLMAR -- In an attempt to establish a presence and ease residents' safety concerns, Willmar Police officers are "camping out'' on the southeast of town where a series of seven serious crimes occurred from Aug. 15 through Sept. 27, including a stabbing, a drive-by shooting and shots fired at an officer. A camp-out means an officer parks and sits in the squad car for a certain period of time, then moves down the street or around the corner or to another street. The officer may work on reports while sitting in the car.