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Since 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, west central Minnesota residents have dreamed of four-lane highway access to this region. This regional center still remains the only one in the state without four-lane access.
It is time for investing in Minnesota with the 2018 bonding bill. The only step remaining is the need for a signature from Gov. Mark Dayton. This 2018 bonding bill is significant for west central Minnesota as it includes more Corridors of Commerce funding, targeting the Highway 23 gaps projects with $101 million and includes a state commitment to build three veteran nursing homes, including $9.4 million for the Montevideo location. There are certainly other important projects across the state. Other highlights include:
The fishing agreement of Green Lake - for funding support for the Highway 23 gap projects - lasted apparently about as long as it took for the Minnesota political leaders to get out of Kandiyohi County Saturday. Willmar Lakes Area Governor's Fishing Opener Host Kelly Morrell won an informal pledge Saturday from Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa,r and House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, for funding for completing the 7-mile and 9-miles two-lane gaps on state Highway 23 between Willmar and Interstate 94.
Another new chapter of Carris Health opened this week as the new $11 million outpatient surgery center opened on the health organization's Willmar campus. Ground was broken in 2017 under the guidance of the Affiliated Community Medical Centers board with the intent of creating a next generation outpatient surgery center. The previous ACMC surgery center was constructed in the 1980s. The facility now handles a volume of 7,000 procedures per year, which has outgrown the capacity of the previous building.
Welcome to all visiting the Willmar Lakes Area for the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener this weekend. Willmar and Kandiyohi County are perfect spots for this year’s opener as it is where Minnesota’s lakes begin. And you have more than a few lakes to choose from.
Spring arrived on March 20. It was a Tuesday more than two weeks ago, if you had not noticed. The spring equinox occurred that day, marking the very first day of spring, supposedly signaling longer and warmer days. Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature apparently as another late winter storm, Wilbur, cruised out of South Dakota this week and dropped up to a foot of snow across parts of southern Minnesota. Wilbur is continuing to spread snow today into the Great Lakes and eastward to northern Maine.
WILLMAR — The West Central Tribune will begin charging for political endorsement letters to the editor, effective immediately. Many newspapers nationwide started this practice years ago. The FCC-owned Alexandria Echo Press has used this policy for years and the RiverTown Multimedia newspapers in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin this year began charging for such letters. All the company's North Dakota newspapers announced a similar policy last week.
Following the return from their Easter recess, the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton will face decisions on many issues: how to deal with opioids, school safety, bonding investments, fixing MNLARS and many other priorities. The primary need will be how to address the state’s tax system, conformity to the federal tax reform and possible tax relief for Minnesota businesses and individuals.