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WILLMAR - A plastic 35mm film canister with an Alka Seltzer tablet and a bit of water inside makes a dandy little rocket. But if you make it more elaborate, will it fly higher? About 50 fourth- and fifth-graders from Willmar's elementary schools learned to make the simple chemical rockets Tuesday afternoon at the second annual Mind Challenge Camp at MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.
PAYNESVILLE — Linda Westvig and Barb LeClaire of the Paynesville Dairy Queen are aiming for the top this year. Last year, the seasonal drive-in raised more than $13,000 for the...
WILLMAR - A three-year project to improve the playground at Willmar's Roosevelt Elementary School is done. Workers were putting the finishing touches on the playground Wednesday afternoon. Parent-Teacher-Student Association president Stephanie Swenson said the project includes about $31,000 in new playground equipment. Roosevelt used to be a school for grades 4-6. When it made the transition to a K-5 school a few years ago, "we needed some more equipment geared toward younger kids," Swenson said.
WILLMAR - Starting in January, Kandiyohi County residents will pay an additional $10 tax to the county when they renew their vehicle registration. The Kandiyohi County Board approved the $10 wheelage tax Tuesday. The board decided to have the state collect the tax when residents buy new license tabs. The fee does not apply to some vehicles, like motorcycles, recreational vehicles, trailers, collector vehicles and tax-exempt vehicles.
WILLMAR — The cloudy sky and stiff breezes didn’t seem to be keeping people away from the first day of the Willmar Farmers Market on Saturday. By 9 a.m. Dave...
WILLMAR — The city water tower next to Ridgewater College in Willmar has a new coat of paint. And along with the new paint has come new lettering on the...
WILLMAR -- A dozen bicycles ready to be given to needy children were removed this week from the warming shed in Lincoln Park. The bikes belonged to the Wheels4Kids program affiliated with the Willmar Child Guide Program and Willmar Community Education and Recreation. With financial support from Willmar Kiwanis, the program accepts donated bikes, and volunteer Jim Bode repairs them to give away.
WILLMAR — A dozen bicycles ready to be given to needy children were removed this week from the warming shed in Lincoln Park. The bikes belonged to the Wheels4Kids program...
WILLMAR -- Grace Lindgren, a sixth-grader, is looking forward to playing basketball in a new gym when the Community Christian School expansion is finished. For her little sister, Anna Joy, it's about the playground. The private Christian school in Willmar broke ground Monday on a $1.8 million project that is the first phase of a larger expansion plan. The new playground and remodeling of the daycare and preschool areas should be done by the time school starts.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in the chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. The council will consider a resolution to sell $1.95 million on general obligation bonds for street improvements. The council will also consider approval of a bid of $1,068,195 from Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg for work on Willmar Avenue Southwest to realign and extend the street from 22nd Street Southwest into the new industrial park.