Willmar is an exceptional city where people, businesses, organizations and city government work together for continual improvements to build and move our community forward. The Willmar Area Community Foundation's honorees this week are prime examples of individuals and businesses who help make Willmar what it is today. Award in Philanthropy
Minnesota voters finds themselves in the extraordinary position of selecting two U.S. senators in the Nov. 6 election. We heartily endorse two candidates, one very familiar to Minnesota voters and another who is a fresh face to statewide politics: Amy Klobuchar, the DFL candidate seeking her third term, and Karin Housley, a Republican who is running for the seat formerly held by Sen. Al Franken, who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations.
After a full day of questioning and testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday and a night of reflection, calmer heads prevailed Friday as the Senate agreed to a one-week delay on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination for further investigation of allegations against the Supreme Court justice nominee. Developments continued at a fast pace Friday as history unrolled before our eyes Friday.
Sen. Scott Newman has stirred up a Twitter fire across social media Monday by tweeting about an attempted rape allegation concerning U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The senator, R-Hutchinson, began his tweet Monday, "Even if true, teenagers! Frankly, I don't believe her," and then criticized the recent allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford.
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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.