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WILLMAR — Steve Gardner and Rich Taylor both believe there’s a need for change on Willmar’s City Council, and they weren’t shy about saying so at a candidate forum Friday. The incumbent in the race was not at the forum to counter their views. The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the forum. Incumbent Ron Christianson had contacted the chamber and said he would be out of town on Friday, according to emcee Nathan Streed.
WILLMAR — Lime green, bright blue, black, white, red and Vikings-worthy purple paint were mostly on the desks and a little bit on the students of the new DREAM Technical Academy in Willmar. Some of the school’s 115 students and their parents gathered earlier this week at a maintenance building on the MinnWest Technology Campus to assemble and paint the desks and small cabinets they will use when the school opens in September. The public charter school leases a building on the MinnWest campus. The school will offer a project-based education for students in grades 7-12.
COSMOS — A Litchfield man was injured at about 5 a.m. Friday when two vehicles struck a horse on Highway 4 near Cosmos, according to a release from the Meeker County Sheriff's Office. Frank Moeller, 40, of Litchfield was southbound on Minnesota Highway 4 when his pickup struck a horse near the intersection with 190th Street. His vehicle went into the ditch and rolled over. He was wearing a seatbelt. Moeller was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital by Cosmos Ambulance. A second vehicle driven by Phillip Bernstein, 38, of Cosmos, traveling north on Highway 4 also struck the horse.
WILLMAR — It looks like a bus, and it brings fun things to do for children in the community. Why wouldn’t the new United Way Growmobile be a hit with area kids this summer? This week, children in the Dana Heights neighborhood sat on blankets in the shade of a big tree near the Growmobile mobile preschool and worked on their letters and numbers. They talked about healthy foods and tasted pieces of red and green apples to see which they liked better. They cut out pictures of good food from magazines.
WILLMAR — Using solid business practices, one-on-one relationships and cultural understanding has translated into growing success for the Willmar Area Multicultural Business Center in downtown Willmar. When it comes to small business survival, the center has flipped national statistics on their head. Over the past four years, three-quarters of the businesses which consulted with the business center have survived.
FAIRFAX — One person died as a result of a work accident Monday morning in Renville County. According to a release from the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, 911 calls were made shortly before 9 a.m. Monday about an incident at a power line worksite northeast of Fairfax along the CAPX 2020 power line. Callers indicated that two people had been injured. Emergency responders worked to resuscitate the victims, who were flown from the scene to trauma centers in the Twin Cities.
WILLMAR — An information meeting for people interested in substitute positions with the Willmar Public Schools is planned for noon Tuesday at The Oaks at Eagle Creek. The district has had a shortage of substitute teachers in recent years and is seeking help from the community to fill in the gaps. School Human Resources Director Liz Fischer had the idea to ask businesses to allow their employees to be subs.
GRANITE FALLS — A man was listed in critical condition Friday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after being found bleeding from apparent gunshot wounds early Friday morning south of Granite Falls. According to a news release from the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, a caller reported at 12:41 a.m. Friday that a man was lying on Highway 23 covered in blood at the intersection with 260th Avenue south of Granite Falls. The release did not include information about the man’s age or city of residence.
WILLMAR — The new principal at Litchfield Middle School will be coming from Willmar. Beckie Simenson, assistant principal at Willmar Middle School, will be in charge of the Litchfield school beginning Aug.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board could be making budget cuts next year, despite funding increases from the state. At Monday’s board meeting, board members and administrators discussed some of the reasons that cuts could be looming Business and Finance Director Pam Harrington said questions were raised in the community after the board approved the 2014-15 budget last month.