David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR — Discussion continues on an amendment to the dangerous weapons ordinance that would regulate bow and arrow use within Willmar city limits. After conducting a public hearing on the...
WILLMAR — A faulty high-voltage breaker the size of a small washing machine periodically sidelined one of Willmar Municipal Utilities’ two wind turbines this summer. The problem surfaced in early...
WILLMAR — Chris Carlson, power supply broker for the Willmar Municipal Utilities, says the utility’s Load Share program is in effect for estimated peak load hours between noon and 6...
WILLMAR — Willmar Municipal Utilities General Manager Wesley Hompe and Commission President Steve Salzer say the utility is open to the idea of sharing a human resources position with the...
WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities said today a phone scam is being perpetrated on utility customers where the scammer calls utility customers and warns them that their electricity will...
WILLMAR -- Fire Chief Gary Hendrickson has received support from the City Council's Labor Relations Committee to hire more paid on-call firefighters. If the full council approves the committee's recommendation at the Sept. 3 meeting, the current maximum roster will increase from 35 to 40. The department currently has 32 active firefighters now and 1 on a leave of absence. The starting wage is $11 an hour, increasing to $14.30 per hour. Firefighters also receive a retirement plan.
WILLMAR -- Construction will begin next month on the $2.6 million expansion project at the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA, 1000 Lakeland Dr. S.E., says Theresa Wittenberg, executive director. The 13,993-square-foot project will add exercise equipment space, a larger wellness center, two racquetball courts, an exercise studio and a new multipurpose gymnasium. The exterior of the addition will be of similar materials to blend in well with the existing building facade.
WILLMAR -- Spokesmen for Somali merchants who must vacate their leased space in the eastern portion of the downtown Centre Point Mall because the building has been sold have asked Mayor Frank Yanish and the City Council for any possible assistance. Yusaf Ahmed, director of the African Development Center in Willmar, and community leader Abdi Duh asked Yanish and council members if the elected officials could talk to the bank which is selling the building to extend the Sept. 30 deadline for vacating the premises and help business owners find new locations.
WILLMAR -- A majority of Willmar City Council members discussed but did not act during a special Tuesday night session on any recommendations in a consultant's $25,000 organizational study that a minority of council members said would create operational efficiencies.
WILLMAR -- An $800,000 construction and remodeling project at Sommerset Apartments on 19th Avenue Southeast and other major projects are contributing to a healthy increase in this year's construction valuation in Willmar. Total construction valuation at the end of July this year is up nearly 350 percent, or just shy of $33 million worth of new construction compared with about $9.5 million to date in 2012.