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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 tower. It’s become a great big sign for college. Workers finished this week in painting the Ridgewater logo on the east and west sides of the tower. How did the cooperative venture come about? “We asked; it’s that simple,” said college spokeswoman Liz VanDerBill.
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 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 -- 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.
WILLMAR -- It's no easy task to get 1,200 iPads ready to be handed over to teenagers. With a little more than four weeks until the first iPad "boot camp" at Willmar Senior High, the school district's staff is preparing the Apple tablet computers so every student will have one by the first day of school. Stacks of iPads covered tables in a classroom at the high school last week, while boxes of new tablets waited to be unpacked. Chargers and cases by the hundreds filled boxes.
WILLMAR -- The students crowded around the window for a better view as Dr. Jeffrey Fischer prepared a patient's eye for laser surgery. The students in the Willmar Middle School STEM-A Program were eager to watch the surgery on a video monitor mounted on the wall behind Fischer. They were full of questions and comments for their tour guide, optometric assistant Heidi Smith. Smith explained what Fischer was doing as he scraped the "skin" of the eye before using the laser to change the man's eye to improve his vision.
WILLMAR -- Miny Miley comes from a family of entrepreneurs, but she thought about it for some time before she took the plunge and started her own business. She began Midwest Translation Services Inc. last fall with advice from the Willmar Area Multicultural Business Center in downtown Willmar. "I always had it in the back of my mind to start my own business but never had the guts to do it," she said, "until I met Jeff." Jeff Madsen is a business consultant with the Multicultural Business Center.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish continues to withhold the names of the eight advisers who helped him draft his alternate plan for reorganizing city government. The West Central Tribune has filed a letter requesting information about the group with Willmar city government. The letter asks the city to cite specific Minnesota statutes that allow the names to be withheld if the city does not release them. Under Minnesota's Data Practices Act, records of state and local government are presumed to be public unless a specific exception exists in the law.
WILLMAR -- Science teachers at Willmar Middle School started packing as soon as school was out, preparing for a planned remodeling of their outdated classrooms. After Monday's Willmar School Board meeting, they'll have to put everything back, because the project is off, at least for this year.