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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.
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More than 80 percent of the 273 students who graduated from Willmar Senior High Sunday plan to continue their education after high school. In a survey conducted by the Senior High counseling office, 40 percent of the students, a total of 110, said they plan to attend a community or technical school after graduation. Another 20 percent, 54 students, plan to attend private colleges; 15 percent plan to attend public colleges or universities in Minnesota, and 8 percent plan to attend a college or university outside Minnesota. Twenty-eight students, 10 percent of the class, plan to seek work rig
WILLMAR -- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson hopes to simplify farm programs in the next federal farm bill. Revision of the current farm bill will begin next May, but Peterson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said he wanted to get started early. Peterson was in Willmar Friday for a series of meetings with local business leaders. Peterson, D-Minn., spent the past couple weeks traveling the country holding hearings on issues related to the next bill.