LAKE LILLIAN – As the sun rose over the farm fields of central Kandiyohi County Wednesday morning along 210th Avenue Southeast near Lake Lillian, Kyle Lang started the 45th day of his transcontinental odyssey, called Running United 2017. Lang, 20, of West Salem, Wisconsin, is running from Grayland Beach State Park, on the Pacific coast of Washington State, to Coney Island on the Atlantic coast. It is a journey of 2,967 miles that began June 5. The plan is to reach the Atlantic Ocean on August 18.
Photos from Danube Fun Day on Saturday in Danube.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council voted unanimously Thursday to offer the position of city administrator to Isaac (Ike) Holland, currently the city administrator of Chillicothe, Missouri. "I think we're at a point where Holland's skill set will serve us better," Councilor Shawn Mueske said. Holland was chosen after the council interviewed the three finalists for the job - Holland, Darcy Long and Greg Sund. "This is my 16th year in city management. I've been doing this a long time," Holland said.
WILLMAR – The Willmar City Council erupted into controversy Monday night as members argued over who had the power to appoint to the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission’s operations board.
WILLMAR – While there are no major updates on the Willmar Rail Connector and Industrial Park Access Project, also known as the Willmar Wye, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials gave several public presentations this week on the project. Gene East, assistant project manager with MnDOT District 8, presented to the Willmar City Council on Monday and also to the Kandiyohi County Board on Tuesday. MnDOT officials also conducted a public open house Tuesday evening.
WILLMAR -- Things are looking up for Robbins Island, as there is a possibility the state will designate it a regional park in the next few weeks. Steve Brisendine, director...
WILLMAR -- When it comes to designing the destination playground proposed for Willmar’s Robbins Island Park, playground planners are going directly to those who will use the playground the most -- kids. “The children of the community get to dream and envision what they want in their playground,” said Sara Carlson, Willmar Area Community Foundation executive director. The plan is use the children’s ideas to form an idea of what the final playground design might be.
WILLMAR -- Kandi Mall is one step closer to a requested tax abatement for a $6.5 million rehabilitation project at the retail center as the Willmar City Council voted to participate in the abatement during Monday’s meeting, subject to the completion of a required public hearing and the approval of a business subsidy agreement. “This will be the largest capital investment the mall has seen in 32 years,” said Aaron Backman, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission.
WILLMAR — Questions and concerns regarding the city of Willmar’s place in a destination playground project at Robbins Island arose this week during a discussion about a potential grant application for the playground. The City Council’s Finance Committee recommended the council approve a grant application for a Willmar Area Community Foundation general grant for approximately $30,000 to go toward the destination playground. The grant is available only to nonprofits, schools and government entities.
WILLMAR -- Like a squirrel and its winter stores, Willmar Municipal Utilities is starting to build a stockpile of coal, so it is ready when the winter winds blow. However, transportation lags are causing some concerns.