David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Nearly 100 people from the Hispanic population and a few Anglo supporters sat and stood elbow to elbow in the Municipal Utilities meeting room Monday night as more than 30 speakers expressed their opposition to the possibility of Willmar participating in a federal immigration enforcement training program. Speakers told the City Council the training was not necessary because the police department already works with U.S.
WILLMAR -- Construction activity was down substantially in 2009, with a total valuation of $30,992,475. That figure was down from the record of $70 million in 2008, but was more in line with a typical year, according to the annual report from Bruce Peterson, director of planning and development services for the City of Willmar. Permits were issued for 17 single-family homes and permits were issued for the 28 twin-home units in the Westwind low-income housing project.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Monday will consider a committee's recommendation to sell 140 acres of former airport land that would not be needed for industrial park redevelopment during the next 20 to 25 years. The city has been working on redeveloping the old airport into an industrial park after the new airport was built west of the city and opened in September 2006. The 140 acres that the Community Development Committee is recommending be sold by real estate auction consists of two tracts: a 60-acre piece located south of state Highway 40 and an 80-acre piece located west of Cou
WILLMAR -- Members of the Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee are continuing the discussion -- but made no decision -- about possibly participating in a federal immigration law enforcement program. The committee Tuesday afternoon received background information about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) program from Police Chief Jim Kulset. The council had directed Kulset to provide more information about the ICE program. The program allows state and local law enforcement entities to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint memorandum of agreement, in orde
WILLMAR -- Heartland Consumers Power District of South Dakota is offering to become a power supplier for Willmar Municipal Utilities, but Heartland needs a letter of intent in order to begin negotiations on a long-term power supply agreement. "We are here to address the opportunities we may have for future power supply,'' according to John Knofczynski, manager of engineering and operations for Heartland Consumers Power District of Madison, S.D.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has not renewed the liquor license for the Double D Club, 1312 Lakeland Dr.
WILLMAR -- Religious leaders have had mixed reactions to a federal judge's ruling that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, says the Rev. Peg Chemberlin, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches. "I think there are folks who feel like this is an abandonment of who we've been.
Promoters of a Becker Avenue re-design say the concept of bringing a recreational trail and developing a plaza and park area for outdoor markets will create an appealing entrée to the downtown district. "From an esthetic standpoint, the intent is not to create the primary gateway to downtown but to create an appealing entrée to the downtown district out of the investment of this trail,'' said Bruce Chamberlain, vice president of Hoisington Koegler Group Inc., a land planning and design firm in Minneapolis. "What you are creating is the seed of change in downtown and the benefactor will be th
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members want more discussion before deciding whether the police department should be trained to enforce federal immigration laws. Council members Monday night debated the possibility of contracting with U.S.
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council member Steve Ahmann wants the Police Department to receive training from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to locally enforce federal immigration laws and deal with the issue of illegal immigration. "I'm a firm believer in giving police officers and the department the tools they need to help enforce the law. If that means more training, then give it to them.