David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Design Center is seeking City Council support for a partnership between the Design Center and a statewide organization that assists cities in revitalizing their historic business districts. The Design Center is asking the council to support a partnership agreement between the center and the Minnesota Main Street Program.
WILLMAR -- An oil leak sidelined one of Willmar Municipal Utilities two wind turbines over the weekend. The problem surfaced late Wednesday when turbine No.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities had a net investment of $2.6 million in the city's new $86.2 million wastewater treatment project.
WILLMAR -- Construction activities could begin next year on the 1,200-acre Grass Lake restoration project, even though the city of Willmar is no longer a participant. The city had been working with Kandiyohi County, state agencies and other groups for the past 20 years on an initiative to restore Grass Lake, located adjacent to Willmar on the southeast side of the Highway 71/23 bypass.
WILLMAR -- A local architectural firm will prepare a report for the Willmar City Council on the condition of the Garfield School building.
WILLMAR -- Four Willmar City Council members say they oppose a proposed change in the city charter that would remove the council's veto authority over the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission. Council members Steve Ahmann, Bruce DeBlieck, Doug Reese and Denis Anderson say they do not support a Willmar Charter Commission recommendation to remove language that gives overriding power to the council over the Utilities Commission. Ahmann says he does not agree with the change, which would remove the council's right to oversee and have veto power over the Utilities Commission. DeBlieck says the
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar will be designated as part of a statewide group that connects and coordinates organizations, agencies and companies to provide support for members of the armed forces and their families. Local leaders of HomeFront Connection will receive Willmar's designation as a Yellow Ribbon City, part of a comprehensive support program for service members and their families called Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. HomeFront Connection members Kammy Nelson of Willmar, coordinator, and Conrad Bostron of Spicer, chairman, will receive the designation on behalf of the city during a pro
Local pilots hope a family event on Sunday at the Willmar Municipal Airport will create in young people the same interest in flying that John Lambing of Willmar felt when he was a kid. "I'm a retired electrical engineer,'' said Lambing.
Willmar Chapter 1172 of the Experimental Aviation Association will host Willmar Regional Aviation Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Willmar Airport. The airport is located two miles west of Willmar on state Highway 40. Events will be held in the TerWisscha hangar. The public is invited. Members of the Willmar Experimental Aviation Association will provide free plane rides to young people ages 8 to 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to the free plane rides, there will be a variety of experimental and general aircraft on display.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council may seek the services of an executive search firm to fill the city administrator's position. Seven of eight council members met in an informal work session Wednesday to discuss the process of filling the administrator's position. They talked about the possibility of doing the search process themselves or the possibility of hiring a firm. After about an hour of discussion, they reached consensus to seek the services of a firm to find a replacement for City Adm-inistrator Mi-chael Schmit who will be retiring at the end of July 2011.