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WILLMAR — It is probably safe to say that Randy Kardell has been involved with most major building projects in Willmar for the past 25 years. A building official for the city of Willmar since 1992, Kardell has inspected hundreds of projects, completed plan reviews and enforced the building code.
WILLMAR — A fence is up around the former Mills car dealership on South First Street in Willmar and construction crews have started internal demolition, preparing the building to be torn down next week. The site will be home to one of three new Kwik Trip gas station and convenience stores in Willmar. The other two stores are to be located on U.S. Highway 12 East and at Litchfield Avenue and Second Street Southwest in downtown Willmar. City building official Randy Kardell said Kwik Trip permit applications list an estimated project value of $1.2 million for each station.
WILLMAR — The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party unanimously endorsed Anita Flowe, of Willmar, as its candidate for Minnesota House District 17B, which covers most of Kandiyohi County. She was endorsed March 17 at the DFL District Convention in Raymond to run in the November general election for the seat currently held by Rep. Dave Baker, a Willmar Republican.
LITCHFIELD — An autopsy and toxicology report determined that Shawn Medley, 40, of Waverly, died of a methamphetamine and mitragynine overdose, according to a news release from the Meeker County Sheriff's Office. Medley was found deceased Feb. 11 in rural Ellsworth Township, though authorities believe he did not die where he was found. When Medley's body was discovered, it was determined he had been dead for some time.
WILLMAR — There are differences of opinion on the Willmar City Council regarding the speed of the new city hall project — some say it is moving too fast while others want to keep the project rolling along. Richard Engan of Engan Associates, the firm hired in February to provide architectural services for the the project, made a presentation Monday during the council's work session on a potential site for a new building. "How do we pick a site before we know what is going in there?" asked Councilor Audrey Nelsen.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council approved just over $2 million in street and other improvements this year, including repaving a portion of the North Business 71 bicycle and pedestrian path near Robbins Island A public hearing on the improvements, which include both reconstruction and overlay projects, was held during Monday's meeting of the City Council.
WILLMAR – Three finalists for the presidency of Ridgewater College have been announced by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The finalists are Laura Driscoll, Craig Johnson and Jonathan Mandrell, said a news release from Minnesota State.
WILLMAR — There was consensus Monday from the Willmar City Council to place a new play structure in Sunrise Park this spring to replace equipment that had been removed in 2015. This new structure was one of three purchased last year. Two of them will be going to Miller Park. City staff had discussions about where to place the third structure and recommended Sunrise Park due to usage. "Sunrise seems to be a heavily used park," said Steve Brisendine, director of community education and recreation
WILLMAR — Lunch is usually one of the highlights of the school day, and on Thursday at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar, it was even more exciting. "It's Lunch with a Cop day!" one boy sang as he practically skipped into the lunchroom. For the second year, police officers from the Willmar Police Department lined up in the lunch line, came away with a tray of hot dogs, carrots and beans, and sat down amongst the first-, second- and third-graders at Kennedy.
WILLMAR — On an average day in 2017, Willmar Municipal Utilities pumped 3.975 million gallons of water out of the underground sand formations that hold the city's water. All totaled, 1.4 billion gallons were brought to the surface for the city's many and varied water needs. To pump the water it needs, the city has a water appropriation permit through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.