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WILLMAR — There were eight council members at Monday's Willmar City Council meeting and they all seemed to have different ideas and thoughts about the possible construction of a new city hall. A motion to focus attention on one site — the current city offices location — failed on a tie vote, with no discussion about what the next step might be. "I am at a loss. We can't even come to a consensus of what it is," Councilor Shawn Mueske said.
WILLMAR — The third annual Rockin' Robbins concert series opens tonight at Robbins Island, with Matt Vee and the Killer Vees headlining the first show. Vee will be performing a classic country tribute with music from the stars of golden age of country music including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton. The opening act is Church of Cash, a tribute to Johnny Cash. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. In addition to music, there will be food vendors, a beer and wine tent, kids activities and the Foot Lake Market.
WILLMAR — The voters of Willmar will now have the opportunity to approve or reject a local option sales tax which could raise $30 million for a host of projects across the city. At Monday's meeting, the Willmar City Council approved a resolution to place the question on the Nov. 6 ballot. "We are a regional center and this really speaks to what we want for our future," Councilor Audrey Nelsen said.
WILLMAR — The master agreement among the Willmar Wye project partners is nearing completion and MnDOT has sent the three shortlisted design and build firms requests for proposal to lead the multi-million dollar project through its years-long construction schedule. Paul Rasmussen, project manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8, said it is just the final details being worked out in the master agreement, which is actually several agreements rolled into one massive document.
WILLMAR — A movement has started in Willmar to restart the city's participation in Minnesota Main Street, a program led by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota to keep historic downtowns across the state vibrant and serving as an economic hub for their communities. "We are revamping and getting the community back together and excited about downtown," said Willmar City Planner Sarah Anderson, who is leading the Willmar Main Street program. The Willmar City Council earlier this year approved paying the dues to continue being part of the organization.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council will meet Monday in the boardroom at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar. The work session will begin at 5 p.m. with the regular meeting to follow at 7 p.m. During the work session, the council will discuss ordinances needed to form a new recreation department and form a park and leisure services board, along with a discussion of the dissolution of the Community Education and Recreation Joint Powers Agreement with the end of the city and school district partnership.
WILLMAR — It has been a landmark of Willmar's since 1893, and on Saturday the Kandiyohi Historical Society will be celebrating the Sperry House's 125 years, along with Willmar's founding families. "It is a testament to not just the Sperrys, but the pioneers who came to Willmar," said Jill Wohnoutka, director of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. "It tells that story."
WILLMAR — They are the bane of nearly every outdoor activity during Minnesota's beloved summer months, sometimes causing people to run for cover. In an attempt to get ahead of the buzzing and biting pest that is the mosquito, Willmar Public Works undertakes preventative measures and also sprays to try to keep the insects under control. "We are doing this, to me, for quality of life," said Willmar Public Works Foreman Paul Tinklenberg.
WILLMAR — While Willmar Municipal Utilities made the decision late last year to primarily burn natural gas at the Willmar Power Plant, the stock pile of thousands of tons of coal remained as a backup fuel source. Those days are now over, as Willmar Municipal Utilities continues the process of decommissioning district heat and perhaps moving toward shutting down the plant completely. "We don't need the coal pile for generation," General Manager John Harren said. "We don't see any reason to hang on to it."
WILLMAR — For the past five years, the steering committee and hundreds of community volunteers that make up Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 have been working together to bring to life its vision of Willmar.