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WILLMAR — When she found out her family would be receiving a free computer, Tonya Summerlet sat with her daughters and the tears flowed. The same thing happened at Stephanie Pederson’s house. The two women, who by coincidence are neighbors, joined a group of nearly 100 Willmar area families who received refurbished computers Wednesday from the nonprofit organization PCs for People of St.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth Ave. S.W. The meeting was originally scheduled for Nov. 10 but was postponed due to weather. The board is scheduled to discuss whether to make up the two snow days it experienced this week. Earlier in the week, Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard said the district would make up the days during scheduled days off in January and February.
WILLMAR — Even though it was just Veterans Day on Tuesday, Willmar and New London-Spicer schools were on their second snow day of the year. Neither of the superintendents involved was pleased with that situation. However, Jerry Kjergaard in Willmar and Paul Carlson in New London-Spicer said they had felt they needed to keep buses off roads that were icy everywhere and unplowed in many areas. As a result students will be going to school on Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 in Willmar and Jan. 19 and Feb.
Due to bad weather and poor road conditions, Kandiyohi County has announced that the Public Works Department will be pulling all snow plows from the county roads at 5:30 p.m. today. Crews will go back out on the roads at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
NEW LONDON — It’s time to regroup for the New London-Spicer School Board after the district’s voters failed to support a proposed building project. The proposed $14.6 million project would have paid for remodeling in the district’s buildings and the addition of a performing arts facility and a gymnasium with a fitness center. The vote against the 20-year general obligation bonds was 2,471 to 1,860. Ballot questions in three other area school districts were approved, and another was turned away on Tuesday. New London-Spicer Superintendent Paul Carlson said Wednesday that the gloomy day fit
WILLMAR — City Councilman Ron Christianson was re-elected Tuesday in Willmar Ward 2 race. Christianson defeated former councilman Steve Gardner 1,118 votes to 925 votes.
Several area school districts will have ballot questions on Election Day Nov. 4. Voters in two districts will decide whether to approve bonding to pay for building projects. School districts are required to seek voter approval in order to sell bonds to pay for building projects. Three districts are seeking a renewal or an increase in their existing operating levies. Operating levies are used to pay for school operations.
NEW LONDON — Rambow Inc. of New London plans to invest more than $500,000 to expand its New London facility and increase its workforce. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the department will assist in the expansion with an $84,000 grant from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund. The company will receive the funding after meeting hiring and investment commitments. Founder Steve Rambow said in a telephone interview Monday that the 96-by-128-foot addition is expected to be operating by Jan.
NEW LONDON — New London-Spicer won the robotics competition Saturday and Dream Technical Academy of Willmar won the Rookie Award at the third annual MN BEST robotics competition. BEST stands for Boosting Engineering, Science & Technology. The competition was held at New London-Spicer High School Friday and Saturday. Local organizers provided a list of winners. The Rookie Award is given to a new team participating in a BEST robotics event for the first time.
WILLMAR — The astronomy students at Willmar Senior High picked a great time to take that class. This fall they’ve seen a lunar eclipse, a comet pass through the Mars atmosphere, sun spots and a meteor shower. One of the highlights may have been Thursday afternoon, when students gathered in a parking lot to see a 60-percent eclipse of the sun with a sun spot visible. “It’s pretty rare that you get an eclipse this good this far north,” instructor Robert Palmer said.