It is the Christmas holiday season of 2017, but in Minnesota, the 2018 political season is already starting. As the sexual misconduct complaints arose against Sen. Al Franken earlier in November and continued, the calls for his resignation in early December exploded. On Dec. 7, the senator announced he intends to resign in the coming weeks. That set off a set of political announcements which may only end up in the Minnesota Supreme Court for a ruling.
Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Al Franken announced: “that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the U.S. Senate.” With a crescendo of Democratic senators and congressmen Thursday calling for his resignation, Franken realized overnight that he likely could not remain an effective senator for Minnesotans.
Black Friday has come and gone for another year. However, there is still time to #shopsmall for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a good day #shopsmall and #dinesmall to support your local small businesses in your community. These small businesses are the key to neighborhood strength and create vibrant, diverse communities.
Thanksgiving is a popular American holiday that evolved over the centuries since the Mayflower Pilgrims held the so-called First Thanksgiving after their first harvest in the New World, following their 1620 arrival. However, Native Americans and European cultures had been holding similar harvest celebrations for centuries before the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World.
The Kandiyohi County Board will soon make an important decision on our future: How to fund maintenance and improvements of the county’s transportation infrastructure over the next five years. The time has come for Kandiyohi County to invest in its transportation future and a local option sales tax is the best funding option available.
A massive water leak over last weekend caused damage on several floors in the Willmar City offices. Services in City Hall were limited on Monday as staff began cleanup procedures and damage assessments. The leaking water was discovered on Sunday afternoon, but could have been running for only a few hours or since the City Office closed the previous Friday afternoon. The length of time is unknown. The reality is that parts of the building, some city records and some electronic devices, like copiers and printers, were certainly well soaked.
Willmar is really an amazing city where people and businesses strive to turn dreams into reality by building and impacting our community. The Willmar Area Community Foundation's honorees this week are prime examples of individuals and businesses who continually work to help move Willmar forward. They are: Dave and Mary Baker honored with the Award in Philanthropy Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP honored with the Community Builder Award Willmar Area Women's Fund honored with the Innovative Impact Award All three honors are well-deserved. Award in Philanthropy
The proposed 2018 city of Willmar budget from Mayor Marv Calvin is another step in moving this city in a proactive and focused direction; rather than reacting to the latest outcry. While the final budget that will emerge from the Willmar City Council’s budget process will have some changes, the proposed budget does identify and target some needed priorities.
It is the traditional end of summer and the start of school is already here for some or about to begin Tuesday. This change of season brings old dangers as youngsters begin the new school year and will walk or ride the bus to school. It is time for drivers and children to pay attention to pedestrian and school bus safety. There is a new penalty in Minnesota for drivers who carelessly drive through a school bus stop arm signal. As of Aug. 1, a violation of a school bus stop arm can result in a $500 fine.