David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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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.
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 -- 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.
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.
WILLMAR -- A redesign concept for Becker Avenue would provide a calmer and greener environment for downtown, according to supporters of a streetscape improvement proposal. The concept for a redesigned Becker Avenue from Sixth Street Southwest to First Street envisions creation of a one-block market plaza that would also function as a street, development of a central park and promenade connection, the planting of more trees and a combination walking and biking trail. The concept was developed by the Hoisington Koegler Group of Minneapolis and presented this week to the Willmar City Council's
WILLMAR -- Willmar's two wind turbines will be shut down periodically this week for routine inspection and maintenance. One or both of the turbines will be down at any given time this week to allow the maintenance crew to enter and work on what they need to do, said Wes Hompe, staff electrical engineer with the Willmar Municipal Utilities. He said crews have tools, oil, filters and other items to do the work. The turbines have a schedule that requires certain maintenance procedures to be performed at regular intervals.
WILLMAR -- A South Dakota utility says it's interested in replacing the power that Willmar Municipal Utilities buys under a contract from another supplier that expires in five years. The unexpected interest expressed by Heartland Consumer Power District of Madison, S.D., in selling up to 30 megawatts of power to replace 30 megawatts from Great River Energy under a contract that expires in 2015 is very good news, said Bruce Gomm, Willmar utilities general manager. Gomm is pleased with Heartland's interest because Willmar had planned to replace GRE's contract with 30 megawatts from the propose
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Design Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Willmar Area Community Foundation to buy an electronic benefits transfer machine that will let Becker Market shoppers pay for their purchases with their debit cards. The grant will be used to buy the machine and to train Becker Market staff and vendors who sell their food and other wares at the summertime outdoor market in downtown Willmar. Besides accepting debit cards, the machine will accept the cards used by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The U.S.