David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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The Meeker County Sheriff's Office said fire caused substantial damage to a garage at a rural Dassel residence early today. The sheriff's office was called at 12:03 a.m. today and responded, as well as the Dassel Fire Department, to the fire call at the residence on 309th Street. The sheriff's office said the fire started in a trash container. There were no vehicles in the garage, but there was a substantial amount of damage done to the building.
WILLMAR -- Funding has been approved to repair a major piece of the city Public Works Department's equipment. A $17,000 bill to repair the transmission on the 2001 John Deere grader will be paid with unspent funds remaining in the department's 2009 budget. The City Council's Finance Committee on Monday voted to transfer $17,000 in unspent funds from the department's 2009 budget to the department's 2010 budget to cover the repair bill.
WILLMAR -- Municipal Utilities Commission members have been wanting to stop payments for Big Stone II after plans for the proposed power plant were cancelled last October. But Willmar Utilities will probably continue making those payments until the end of the year, according to General Manager Bruce Gomm. "I believe we need to continue to making payments through December 2010,'' Gomm told the commission Monday. The payments are for the debt that was incurred to finance the permitting process for the former power plant project, he said. Big Stone II was cancelled Oct.
WILLMAR -- City officials will research the possibility of using Willmar School District property as the site for future city offices. The City Council this week approved a motion by council member Doug Reese directing city staff to explore and research the possibility of using any school property for city purposes and that discussions include representatives of Kandiyohi County and Willmar Municipal Utilities. During the Public Works/Safety Committee meeting Jan.
WILLMAR -- Former National Football League player and sportscaster Irv Cross says two people influenced his life. One was sixth-grade teacher Ruth Ewing who offered encouragement during a particularly stressful time growing up in Hammond, Ind. The other was Dr.
WILLMAR -- City employees will receive no wage adjustments in contracts approved Tuesday by the Willmar City Council. The contracts with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees General Unit and AFSCME Public Works cover staff at the City Office Building, the Public Works Department and at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar continues moving forward with steady management and economic development "and we should not be afraid of meeting our problems economically head on,'' says Mayor Les Heitke. "Sometimes people get weighed down in kind of doom-and-gloom opinions and comments, and I don't think Willmar is in that kind of position,'' Heitke said.
The Minnesota Department of Education will withhold about $21,300 in state aid from the BOLD School District because the School Board and the BOLD Education Association did not reach agreement on a new 2009-2011 contract ahead of Friday's deadline, a BOLD official says. BOLD is one of 28 school districts around the state that missed the deadline, according to Education Minnesota, the state teachers union. BOLD Superintendent Tom Farrell said Monday the state will withhold $25 per pupil unit during the 2009-2010 year. Both sides met for the first time Sept.
WILLMAR -- In 2004, Lori Henrikson of Benson developed Charcot's foot, a complication of diabetes that leads to weakening of the bones and fractures in the foot. In most cases, the problem affects only one foot. Henrikson needed a brace to prevent further dislocation of the bones in her left foot. She might have had to drive to St. Cloud or the Twin Cities to obtain an orthotic device, but got what she needed closer to home at Hagen Orthotics & Prosthetics Inc.
WILLMAR -- The value of construction permits for all homes, apartment buildings and commercial and industrial buildings issued in Willmar in 2009 was the third lowest during the past 10 years, according to a recap of construction activity released by Bruce Peterson, director of city planning and development services. But 2009's $30,922,475 valuation is skewed by $3,664,756 in housing permits issued at the tail end of 2009 for the Westwind low-income housing project in southwest Willmar.