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WILLMAR — For 42 students on Ridgewater College’s Willmar campus, the path to finishing school is a little clearer now. The students are the first participants in the Finish Line...
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board has set a 2015 levy for the district that is nearly $700,000 less than this year’s levy. The board adopted the 2015 levy after...
WILLMAR — A polling company has begun making calls to residents of the Willmar Public Schools to gauge their feelings about the district and a potential building project. The district has been studying alternatives for a building project for more than a year, and recently hired the Morris Leatherman Co. of Minneapolis to conduct a random sample telephone survey. The school district paid $13,000 for the survey. The survey will take 30 to 45 minutes to complete, and the calls will take place from Dec. 8-12 and Dec. 15-19.
Several area teachers are seeking help through a charity website to pay for materials for their classrooms. The site DonorsChoose.org helps public school teachers use crowdfunding to meet their classroom...
A Monticello woman died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning on Highway 23 near Interstate 94, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Three people were injured in the crash which was reported shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday. Megan M. Lehner, 19, of Monticello died. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Ashley M. Gieseke, 27, of Big Lake. A 1999 Econoline van driven by Joseph R.
WILLMAR — Cullen’s Home Store in Willmar had a larger sales day on Small Business Saturday last year than it did on Black Friday, and that’s happened for the past three years. Owner Rick Dahle said he’s hoping to see the same thing this year. Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 by American Express, is an effort to encourage shoppers to patronize smaller, locally owned businesses the day after Black Friday, which is often called the biggest shopping day of the year and kicks off the holiday shopping season. It has expanded since then and has been adopted by the U.S.
WILLMAR — Three options for improving school facilities will be presented when the Willmar Public Schools begins a telephone survey of its residents next week. The survey is intended to gauge people’s opinions of the school district and of several proposed projects to help relieve crowding in some of the district’s schools and make other improvements to meet current educational needs. The School Board met in a workshop setting Monday to discuss a list of options developed over the past year by a citizen task force and discussed by the board. The district has hired Morris Leatherman Co.
WILLMAR — After 14 years with the city of Willmar, Mark Boeschen decided it was time to try something new. Earlier this year, he started Firebytes LLC, a computer repair, integration and web development firm. He serves business and residential customers. Boeschen, 31, started working for the city of Willmar in 2000, when he was still in high school. He worked there part-time through college and then full-time as a technician.
WILLMAR — Dozens of Willmar Middle School students stayed after school this week to design a mini-golf course. The students worked in teams Wednesday building the holes they had already...
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will meet in a workshop session at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center. The board will hear an update on English Language Learner programs and discuss potential plans for facility improvements. The board plans to close the meeting to continue the evaluation of Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard. The board closed its Nov. 17 meeting to begin the evaluation.