David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Four local religious leaders spoke to the theme of "We Are Better Together'' during the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. The event coincided with the annual National Day of Prayer, said Mayor Frank Yanish. He recalled for the 255 people attending how politicians and others came together following the Sept.
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee will request council authorization next month to advertise for bids from companies to construct the western interceptor sewer line. The 2.46-mile western interceptor is proposed to be constructed along the city's western border and will serve the new industrial park and west and northwest Willmar where the current sanitary sewer system is at capacity, according to city officials. Joshua Halvorson, program manager in the Willmar office of Donohue and Associates, the city's project consultant, said plans and specifications have be
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee has voted to recommend the council set June 4 as the date for the 2012 street improvement assessment hearing. City Public Works Director Holly Wilson said city staff is preparing the amounts that will be assessed to affected property owners. She briefed committee members during their meeting Tuesday. Improvements consist of 0.84 mile of overlay work on two streets and 0.83 mile of reconstruction on six streets. Wilson said Duininck Inc.
WILLMAR -- Recent rate hikes and decreased expenses have resulted in favorable 2012 first-quarter revenue increases for the Willmar Municipal Utilities. During the three-month period ending March 31, combined revenues for the electric, water and heating divisions rose 7.69 percent from $6,552,622 in 2011 to $7,056,358 in 2012, said Larry Heinen, utility interim co-manager. Combined expenses for the three divisions fell 6.96 percent from $6,017,679 in 2011 to $5,598,646 in 2012. Separately, revenue in the electric division was up 10 percent and up 5.45 percent in the water division, but drop
WILLMAR -- A developer is proposing a $3.6 million project to fully rehabilitate and operate the historic Lakeland Hotel building as a mixed use commercial and residential property in downtown Willmar. Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership of Slayton is proposing to buy the former hotel from Bremer Bank.
WILLMAR -- Preservation activities proposed by Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership for the former Lakeland Hotel would maintain two to three viable main floor commercial spaces (with priority to retain the existing restaurant spaces) and creating 10 apartments consisting of 5 units per floor on the upper floors. The apartments would consist of a one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom units on each floor.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission voted Monday to take steps toward hiring a new general manager. The commission approved a motion offered by President Dave Baker that asks governmental consultant Springsted Inc. of St.
WILLMAR -- Employees of Swenson Motor Company at 1301 Highway 12 East in Willmar are waiting for approval to assess damage done to the showroom, shop and vehicles from a fire early this morning. Sales Manager Pam Frost said this morning that all telephones and computers are not operating. Frost said employees are trying to figure how where they will be able to conduct business. The company has about 35 employees, which include those at the body shop at a separate location. Frost said several vehicles were in the showroom and several were in the shop when the fire broke out.
WILLMAR -- A Saturday afternoon thunderstorm produced numerous funnel clouds and one tornado that touched down and damaged a farm between Milan and Big Bend. No injuries were reported. A Chippewa County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said the first call was received at 3:11 p.m. Saturday. "There were funnel clouds all over,'' the dispatcher said Sunday, but the only touchdown occurred at the farm where a barn and granaries were damaged. A deputy checked the scene, but no other details were available Sunday. At 4:04 p.m.
WILLMAR -- As part of the effort to create the most effective and efficient department possible, the Willmar Police Department will be replacing two part-time summer bike patrol employees with one year-round, part-time community service officer. The two bike patrol positions are being replaced because less bicycle traffic and other factors have greatly diminished enforcement of bicycle laws, says Police Chief David Wyffels. This reduction in bicycle violations has shifted employee needs to other areas, and enforcement of bicycle laws can be effectively performed by any community service offi