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WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council has authorized the sale of 7.6 acres of land in the city’s industrial park to Jennie-O Turkey Store. The company plans to expand its corporate headquarters there. The council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the sale at its Monday evening meeting. Under a city policy to encourage economic development, the land value of $238,072 will be written down to zero. The council also voted to allow the mayor and city administrator to enter into an agreement for the land sale.
WILLMAR — The Green Mill Restaurant reopened this week to rave reviews, according to its general manager. “People love it,” Tim Mattern said. “We’ve gotten great reviews as far as the overall look of the restaurant. … We try to talk to every guest, and we’ve been getting good feedback.” The restaurant and bar have been moved and remodeled, and the former bar area will reopen as a sports bar later this year. “We’ve completely changed everything,” Mattern said. “It’s not just a little renovation.” The restaurant at 2100 E.
WILLMAR — Temperatures this weekend should help get rid of that spring snow that fell Thursday in west central Minnesota, and the warmer air will continue into next week. “We’re going to have a nice warm-up here right into Wednesday of next week,” according to Tony Zaleski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. A storm system in the north might cool temperatures a bit after Wednesday, but not very much. “It looks like the very cold air is finally gone,” Zaleski said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.
WILLMAR — Roosevelt Elementary School Principal James Hill has been reassigned. Hill will spend the rest of the school year in the district’s central office as a “principal on special assignment,” Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard said Wednesday morning. Hill said in a phone interview Wednesday that he will be helping with the district’s integration efforts and “looking forward to my new opportunity.” Hill said he is doing as he has been instructed, but he will miss the children at Roosevelt. “Everything’s fine, and I’m doing well,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to comment further about
WILLMAR — Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar is undergoing a change in leadership. Principal James Hill has been reassigned to the district’s central office as a “principal on special assignment,” Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard said Wednesday morning. Cheryl Nash, the district’s curriculum director, will serve as the school’s interim principal through the end of the school year, he said.
WILLMAR — Testimony is scheduled to resume this morning in the first-degree murder trial of Brok Junkermeier of Willmar. Junkermeier, 19, was indicted last fall on two counts of first-degree murder in the July 29, 2013, death of Lila Warwick, 79, of Willmar. Her body was found in the basement of her home just outside the Willmar city limits the afternoon of July 29. She had allegedly been killed that morning by Junkermeier. The trial at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar began with three days of jury selection last week and the testimony of friends and family.
WILLMAR — Even his own attorney said in court Friday morning that Brok Junkermeier killed Lila Warwick the morning of July 29, 2013. However, “that doesn’t mean he’s guilty of both of these charges,” Kent Marshall, a state public defender, told the jury in a brief opening statement in the first-degree murder trial of Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar. Junkermeier faces two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Lila Warwick, 79, of Willmar.
WILLMAR — Testimony began Friday morning in the first-degree murder trial of Brok Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar, who is accused of killing 79-year-old Lila Warwick of Willmar on July 29, 2013. Attorneys also gave opening statements. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank outlined the evidence he would be presenting to the jury. It will include video of Junkermeier’s interview with law enforcement officers on Aug. 1, 2013, as well as testimony from law enforcement, family and friends.
WILLMAR — A full jury panel of 12 jurors and two alternates has been seated in the Brok Junkermeier murder trial. Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar, is accused of first-degree murder in the July 29, 2013, death of Lila Warwick, 79. Warwick’s body was found in the basement of her home just outside Willmar the afternoon of July 29. Preliminary jury instructions and opening statements from the attorneys are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today in the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar before Eighth District Judge Donald Spilseth. Witness testimony will also begin today.
WILLMAR — Two jurors were seated this morning in the trial of Brok Junkermeier, accused of first-degree in the death of Lila Warwick, 79, at her Willmar home. Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar is accused of strangling and stabbing Warwick on July 29, 2013, and has been in custody on $2 million bail since last summer.