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WILLMAR—The Willmar School Board has awarded the second phase of contracts for a new elementary school. The board awarded 11 contracts for construction of the shell of the building at its meeting Monday. Future contracts will deal with finishes on the building. The new school is the largest part of a district-wide building program, to be funded by a $52.35 million bond approved by the voters in a May 2015 referendum.
WILLMAR—An official weather observer for the National Weather Service recorded 8.2 inches of rainfall in Willmar Wednesday and Thursday. However, measuring rain amounts is not an exact science. It can vary by how a storm passes over and even the type of rain gauge used. Reports of much higher rain amounts have circulated in conversations and in social media since the storms passed through.
WILLMAR—Brian Kath of Willmar is the fourth candidate to file to run for the Willmar School Board. Other candidates so far are Scott Thaden and incumbents Justin Bos and Mike Reynolds. Filing for school board and small city elected office opened Aug. 2 and will remain open until Tuesday. The four-year terms of four Willmar School Board members expire at the end of the year. Other board members with terms expiring are Jackie Saulsbury and Liz VanDerBill.
WILLMAR—A third candidate has filed to run for the Willmar School Board in the Nov. 8 election. Scott Thaden, a former agriculture teacher at Willmar Senior High, filed Wednesday. Incumbents Justin Bos and Mike Reynolds filed last week. Filing for school boards as well as elected offices in small cities opened Aug. 9 and will remain open until Tuesday. The four-year terms of four Willmar School Board members will expire at the end of the year. Other board members whose terms will expire are Jackie Saulsbury and Liz VanDerBill.
WILLMAR—Three area school districts have been awarded state funding to implement voluntary pre-kindergarten programs this fall. Benson, Renville County West and Willmar schools have been chosen to receive part of a $25 million allocation approved by the 2016 Legislature. Gov. Mark Dayton announced the funding Monday. He said it would help provide pre-K classes, free of charge, for 3,302 4-year-olds in 74 school districts.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon has been postponed and rescheduled for Aug. 15. Superintendent Jeff Holm said the meeting was postponed because the board...
WILLMAR—Immigrants and refugees contribute to the state's economy as workers and entrepreneurs, according to a new report from Minnesota's businesses. The report from the Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition looks at the economic impact of immigration. Immigrants earned $12.2 billion in 2014 and paid $1.1 billion in state and local taxes and $2.2 billion in federal taxes.
WILLMAR—Valerie and Dayanara were hard at work, coloring and cutting out paper fish. On the fish were words like wig, quit and hill. It was the day to work on the short "i" sound at the YMCA Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program. The girls and their classmates tucked their colorful fish into "fishbowls," blue construction paper shaped like a fishbowl, with a pocket on the front made of plastic wrap so the kids could see their fish swimming in the bowl. Some of the three- and four-letter words were unfamiliar, but the girls were able to sound them out.
WILLMAR—Two incumbents have filed to run for re-election to the Willmar School Board. Filing for school board and small city elected office opened Tuesday and will remain open until Aug. 16. The four-year terms of four board members will expire at the end of the year. Justin Bos, who was elected to the board in a special election in May, filed to run for a full four-year term. Mike Reynolds, the longest-serving member of the board, also filed. He has served since 2008 and had previously served from 1992 to 2003.
WILLMAR—When he works on the federal 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway says he will be thinking about moms on food stamps and how changes in farm policy will affect their food costs. Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, visited Minnesota late last week. One of his stops was at Hultgren Farms in rural Raymond, just west of Willmar Saturday afternoon. Conaway said he looks forward to working with U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the ranking minority member on the committee on the next Farm Bill.