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WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board has voted to place an $898.49-per-pupil-unit operating levy on the Nov.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District is on the road to selling one of its empty school buildings. The School Board voted on Monday to approve a purchase agreement with Bristlecone LLC of Minneapolis to sell the Washington Learning Center building for $525,000. Willmar real estate agent Doug Fenstra, who represents the school district, referred to the buyer as a group of developers. He said he doesn't represent them and doesn't know exactly what Bristlecone will be doing with the property. Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard said the buyer is still working out the financing for the purchase.
WILLMAR -- An accused drunken driver has left the Willmar Arby's restaurant without its drive-thru menu board, just a few days before the annual Sonshine music festival begins. A 32-year-old Willmar man allegedly hit the board with a vehicle at about 11:25 p.m. Saturday. He was arrested by Willmar police on a charge of fourth-degree driving under the influence. Arby's district supervisor Joyce Linn said Sunday that a new menu board is on order, but she didn't know when it would arrive.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Family Services received a mostly positive report for its child welfare services this year. The Kandiyohi County Board heard an update this week on a state review of the county's services. Family Services supervisors Kathy Nelson and Corinne Torkelson discussed the results of the review, which is done periodically by the state. The review surveyed parents, foster parents, law enforcement, court personnel, caseworkers and county administration.
The souvenirs from Marjorie and Eric Ploeger's trip to Papua New Guinea are many.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Charter Commission is running out of time to get a new charter ready for review by the City Council this fall. The revisions under discussion could represent at least one major change in city government. The commission is poised to propose that the City Council no longer have veto power over the actions of the Municipal Utilities Commission. The Charter Commission has been meeting for about a year to discuss charter revisions.
A new task force is about to begin studying the future of the Kandiyohi County Landfill. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners appointed two members to the task force on Tuesday.
WILLMAR -- George E. Hulstrand has been a fixture of the Willmar legal community since 1946. This week, after 64 years, he finally retired. That's not a sign that the 91-year-old intends to slow down, though. Hulstrand's children are looking forward to him writing down some of the stories they've heard from him over the years. The stories are many. There's the talk of how he grew up on a farm by Spring Garden, a farming community centered around a little Lutheran church near Cannon Falls. He took high school courses through correspondence, then went to Gustavus Adolphus College in St.
Math scores statewide improved at nearly every grade level while reading scores were little changed in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments scores released this week by the Minnesota Department of Education. The state uses the tests to gauge student proficiency in math and reading from grades 3 to 11. It also administers tests in reading, writing and math which students must pass in order to earn their high school diplomas. More than 426,000 students in the state took the MCA-II tests in math and reading in the spring.
WILLMAR -- Three Willmar School Board members whose terms expire this year have decided not to run for re-election. Mike Carlson, Brad Schmidt and Dion Warne said this week they would not file to run for office when filings open Aug. 3. They are the only board members whose terms expire this year. The three will have each served nine years when their terms expire.