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WILLMAR -- Tuesday's primary in Minnesota will be the first with the state's new redistricting plan, so there's bound to be a little confusion. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie hopes to avoid some of it by helping people to get information about their polling places. Ritchie was in Willmar earlier this week to spread the word about the primary. "Lots of people will be voting at new places and probably don't know that," he said.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board has decided to hire Engan Associates architects of Willmar to study the organization and use of the county's office building in downtown Willmar. The county will pay Engan $10,000 to do a study of electrical systems, air flow and ergonomics in the building, County Administrator Larry Kleindl told the board at its meeting Tuesday. The study is to be finished before the board's workshop retreat this fall. Springsted Inc., the county's financial adviser, has been studying the county's organizational structure.
WILLMAR -- Like many students, Nate Mittag didn't think the talk of iPads for Willmar Senior High students would become a reality. So he and other students were pretty happy to find themselves holding their Apple tablet computers Monday in the high school theater at the first iPad Boot Camp. Nate, a senior, was there with his parents, Doug and Shannon Mittag of Willmar. "It's going to be interesting to see how they fit into school," he said. Doug Mittag added that the devices would even things out at the school.
WILLMAR -- Delbert Huber pleaded guilty Friday morning to second-degree intentional murder in the Oct. 8, 2011, death of Timothy Larson at Larson's family farm in rural Belgrade. Huber, 82, of rural Paynesville, admitted in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar that he pointed a loaded rifle at Larson, 43, and pulled the trigger after a confrontation at the farm site. Hours later, Huber called 9-1-1 to report the shooting. Huber's son, Timothy Huber, 45, is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder indictment regarding the same incident.
WILLMAR -- Delbert Huber pleaded guilty today to second-degree intentional murder in the Oct. 8, 2011, death of Timothy Larson at Larson's family farm in rural Belgrade. Huber, 82, of rural Paynesville admitted in court that he pointed a loaded rifle at Larson, 43, and pulled the trigger after a confrontation at the farmsite. Huber's son, Timothy Huber, 45, is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder indictment.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District submitted its application for a federal School Improvement Grant last week in the hopes that it help change the culture at its elementary schools. The application seeks just less than $500,000 in each of the next three years. In state rankings released in the spring, Kennedy Elementary School was categorized as a Priority Sc-hool, meaning it ranks among the lowest-performing sc-hools in the state in student academic ac-hievement and growth. The rankings apply only to schools receiving federal Title I funding. As a Priority School, Kennedy is eligible
WILLMAR -- Larry Rice of Willmar believes people voting in the August DFL primary should choose him because he is an effective leader. Rice will face State Sen. Lyle Koenen of Clara City in the Aug. 14 primary. The winner of the primary will face Republican Sen. Joe Gimse in the Nov. 6 general election.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Lyle Koenen of Clara City believes his years of experience in the Minnesota Legislature make him the best choice to represent the new District 17. Koenen was elected to the Minnesota House in 2002 and served there until this spring, when he won a special election to serve the remainder of the late Sen. Gary Kubly's term. In the Aug. 14 DFL primary, voters will choose between Koenen and Willmar businessman Larry Rice. The winner of the DFL primary will face off against Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, in the Nov.
WILLMAR -- Hungry teenagers will need to fill up on fruit and vegetables and not bread when new school lunch guidelines launch this fall. The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, passed by Congress in 2010, set out minimum and maximum amounts of food and calorie counts to be offered in meals eligible for federal reimbursement. The guidelines were designed to combat childhood obesity and teach children healthy eating habits.
WILLMAR -- As Willmar Fabrication shifted the focus of its business in the last year, the company found a need to find training or retraining for many of its workers. A partnership between Ridgewater College, Alexandria Technical College and the state of Minnesota is helping the company do that close to home. A $49,777 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grant will help the company and Ridgewater develop customized training programs for their employees.