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WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members Ron Christianson and Denis Anderson are suggesting possible changes in the penalties against establishments that violate the city's liquor ordinance. The suggestions grew out of a council work session held earlier this month to review the liquor license ordinance after some council members objected to penalties imposed on licensed establishments, such as restaurants, and employees that violated the ordinance during a police department compliance check last October. The council's Public Works/Safety Committee on Feb.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved a proposed ordinance amendment that would let the chief of police decide whether an off-duty officer is required to be present at an event where intoxicating liquor is served. The council took action after holding a public hearing on the amendment Monday night. Current ordinance requires the holder of a temporary liquor license to pay for an off-duty city police officer to be present at the location at all times during the time that intoxicating liquor is dispensed.
Junior and Kathy Nohl were looking for a cleaner and easier career after they closed their Hancock welding shop nine years ago. The Nohls found their new career in a small embroidery business they started five years ago in Willmar called Unique Embroidery. Their welding shop was making parts for an aircraft company when the company cancelled all orders after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In one fell swoop, 80 percent of the shop's business was gone.
WILLMAR -- Laboratory workers at Willmar's Wastewater Treatment Plant will face more paperwork after the lab's standard operating procedures and quality assurance manual are rewritten this year to comply with new national lab accreditation standards. The rewrite is needed to comply with National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Certification (NELAC) standards.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will take comments during a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed ordinance amendment that would let the chief of police decide whether an off-duty officer is required to be present at an event where intoxicating liquor is served. The hearing will be at 7:02 p.m. in the chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. The council meets Tuesday as Monday is the Presidents Day holiday.
WILLMAR -- The City Council is proposing an ordinance amendment that would let the chief of police decide whether an off-duty officer is required to be present if a club or organization sponsors an event where intoxicating liquor is served. Current ordinance requires the holder of a temporary liquor license to pay for one off-duty city police officer to be present at the location at all times during the time that intoxicating liquor is dispensed.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has directed staff to research funding options to reconstruct more streets this year. The council wants staff to research funding options for a 3.3-mile street improvement program rather than a smaller 2.4-mile improvement program. Both programs were discussed by the council's Public Works/Safety Committee on Jan. 26 and committee members indicated they supported the larger program. The key to proceeding with the larger program will be finding the city's $453,188 share of the $3,899,007 estimated cost.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will accelerate a study of using the old wastewater treatment plant for storm water management purposes. The council voted Monday to speed up Barr Engineering's storm water management analysis to coincide with the decommissioning process being undertaken at the old treatment plant by Donohue and Associates.
WILLMAR -- Willmar businessman Bruce Vogel today announced he is a candidate for the Republican Party endorsement for the District 13B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. District 13B covers Willmar and the south half of Kandiyohi County. The seat is currently held by Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. Vogel has been married to his wife, Jeanne, for 27 years. They have four adult children and three grandchildren. Vogel has been a Realtor in Willmar for 10 years. He and his wife live just outside the city. Read more on this story Tuesday in the West Central Tribune
WILLMAR -- Possible changes to the city's liquor ordinance were discussed by five members of the Willmar City Council during a one-hour work session Wednesday, but no decisions were made. The discussion involved the possibility of changing some of the penalties against establishments that illegally sell alcohol to minors, possibly offering incentives to establishments that use best practices to train servers to check identification for minors, and the possibility of having the city attorney's office rather than the county attorney's office prosecute restaurant servers who illegally serve alco