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WILLMAR — The cause of the massive water leak over the weekend in the Willmar City Offices has not been uncovered, but city staff members have begun the long process of drying out and figuring out the next steps. Public Works Director Sean Christensen said the leak was discovered Sunday afternoon, but how long the leak had been occurring is another unanswered question. What is known is that when staff members left the office Friday afternoon, everything was as it should have been. "It could have been hours, or a day-and-a-half," Christensen said of the leak.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council was unable to come to a decision on the potential redevelopment tax increment financing district for the 600 block of First Street South. Instead the request was tabled Monday, to allow Planning and Development Director Bruce Peterson the opportunity to go back to the developer and see if a compromise in the scope of the request could be found. "I wonder if there is some flex between the city and developer," Councilor Andrew Plowman said during discussion at the council meeting Monday night.
MONTEVIDEO — A Montevideo man died Friday afternoon at a Montevideo auto shop after he became pinned between a pickup and a tool chest. Richard Fultz, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries he suffered in the accident at Backstreet Auto at 120 W. Canyon Ave. in Montevideo, according to Capt. Ken Schule of the Montevideo Police Department.
WILLMAR — A vulnerable adult and an employee of the group home where he lived pleaded guilty Thursday in an August rash of thefts they perpetrated while delivering newspapers around Willmar.
WILLMAR — The proposed Kwik Trip on Litchfield Avenue Southwest in Willmar, at the old Mills Auto property, is the first potential new development in the downtown Central Business District that has come up against the downtown design standards implemented last year by the city. The standards were created to make sure any new construction in the downtown area would match the current aesthetic. However, the design for the new convenience store did not quite match those standards.
WILLMAR — The Holidaze Parade will take place in downtown Willmar this November, even after Willmar Downtown Development notified the city it would no longer be able to organize the annual holiday event. "Since we normally start planning in June of each year, we will not be able to do this due to lack of funds," Willmar Downtown Development Project Coordinator Bev Dougherty wrote in an email to Mayor Marv Calvin, dated Sept. 28.
WILLMAR — In 2005, when the Willmar Design Center was formed as a clearinghouse for strengthening the downtown district, it established a plan for downtown Willmar, to keep the heart of the city vibrant and alive. Twelve years later, Project Coordinator Bev Dougherty feels the Design Center, now named Willmar Downtown Development Inc., has succeeded in many of its aims. However, the time has come to change direction. Willmar Downtown Development will no longer be involved in multiple projects as in the past.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will hold its regular meeting starting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in the board room at the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W. The board will consider multiple staff and coaching appointments along with staff and coaching resignations. There are also three retirements on the agenda. The renewal of the Willmar Area Arts Council Collaborative Agreement will be discussed. The renewal will be from 2017 through the 2021 school year.