Kayla Prasek is a staff writer for Prairie Business magazine. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Contemporary Media & Journalism and Political Science programs and is originally from Watertown, S.D. She previously was the city reporter at the Watertown Public Opinion.
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WILLMAR -- PleasureLand RV Outlet received significant damage after the storm early Friday morning that brought heavy rain and strong winds to west central Minnesota. Employees at the RV dealership, which is located on North Highway 71 in Willmar, arrived to work Friday morning to extensive damage. "I was the first one here, and I thought I needed eye drops, because I couldn't believe what I saw," technician Brian Swedberg said.
WILLMAR -- Even with temperatures soaring into the 90s, the Willmar Fests Block Party was still the place to be Thursday evening, and for one lucky couple, it was a way to win $150. The Willmar Jaycees and 94.1 The Loon ran the Willmar Amazing Race challenge for the second year, with Paul and Shayla Blaschko, of Milwaukee, Wis., emerging as the winning team. The Blaschkos competed against four other two-person teams for the $150 cash prize.
WILLMAR -- The senior ambassador coronation kicked off Wednesday's 2013 Willmar Fests events. The ceremony, held at the Willmar Community Center, featured a Dr. Seuss theme, focused around the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" The Senior Citizens Club choir, dressed in tall, red and white striped hats like "The Cat in the Hat," sang a collection of classic songs that went with the theme of the event.
WILLMAR -- Willmar has a new farmers market, with the goal of filling the gap between existing farmers markets. The Mid-Week Farmer's Market will run from 2:30-6 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 30 in the Kandi Entertainment Center parking lot on 19th Avenue Southeast in Willmar. The new market was open for the first time Wednesday, with about five vendors, though organizer Dave Helmuth said he has a goal of eventually having 20 vendors. "I have a total of 10 vendors signed up so far, but our produce just isn't ready yet," Helmuth said. He sells produce himself.
WILLMAR -- A local "problem property" has been transformed by two Willmar businessmen. The former Viking Motel property received a facelift this spring after being purchased by Gabe Olson and Jeff Huston. Now called Suite Liv'n, the property is an extended-stay motel "for hard-working people who need stable housing while they get back on their feet," Huston said. Olson and Huston bought the property at 616 Highway 71 N.E. for $100,000 in February and have been working since to clean up the motel, putting nearly $500,000 back into it.
WILLMAR—University of Minnesota Golden Gophers head coaches will travel to Willmar Monday to provide residents an opportunity to get to know the Gophers’ athletic department. Athletic Director Teague Norwood, men’s...
WILLMAR — A local couple received A Brush With Kindness this week, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota and the Willmar Stingers. Eight Stingers players and two...
WILLMAR -- With temperatures finally warming up, the Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition is putting the finishing touches in place to alert the public that Kandiyohi County park beaches are tobacco-free. The County Board of Commissioners passed an amended resolution prohibiting tobacco on all beaches of county parks at its Nov. 20 meeting. While the beaches are currently considered tobacco-free, the plan is to post signs on all of the county's beaches so beach-goers will know the beaches are tobacco-free.
WILLMAR -- It's not a new concept from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, but the zipper merge is currently receiving more of a push from the state's transportation leaders. While MnDOT started recommending the use of the zipper merge a few years ago, recent data are showing it's a better option for motorists to use rather than an early merge.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday that cases of tick-borne diseases decreased substantially in 2012, but the risk for illness still remains high this summer.