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.
If the West As you may have already noticed, the front page of the West Central Tribune is blank today. The West Central Tribune, along with 200 other newspapers across Minnesota are participating in Whiteout Day by publishing blank front pages as part of Minnesota Newspaper Week. These blank front pages show readers what the lack of news coverage might look like in a city or town without a daily or weekly newspaper.
The Rockin' Robbins summer concert series produced by Willmar Rotary rocked it out of the park this summer. If you did not attend one of the four concert events this summer, you missed some of the biggest happenings in Willmar. Rockin' Robbins was a fabulous summer event over four straight Tuesday nights for the community, all for the benefit of the Robbins Island Regional Park. This year the concert series was expanded to a four-night schedule with these featured acts.
Despite occupying the most powerful office in the world, Donald Trump continues to attack his critics, often displaying and highlighting his own misogyny and his obsession with revenge. His uncontrolled tweeting tendency is unpresidential and contributes very little to his governing ability. His Thursday Twitter tirade against MSNBC critics is the latest display of his personality fault and dangerous tendency.
It's Willmar Fests time in our fair city and it is truly time to play. For more than seven decades, our city celebration known now as Willmar Fests and its predecessors have brought a variety of activities for community members, families and visitors to enjoy during the summer. This year's Willmar Fests is historic as it has been highlighted by the official opening of the Willmar Destination Playground at Robbins Island. Once again, Willmar residents have worked together and moved forward on a significant project.
Home and business internet users in rural Kandiyohi County now have a significant opportunity to address their critical need for high-speed broadband access. As Kandiyohi County Commissioners said this week: "The clock is ticking."
After a 75-hour special session and several sleepless nights, the Minnesota Legislature wrapped up multiple bills May 26 to pass the state's $36 billion budget. The Republican majority, the DFL minority and Gov. Mark Dayton had finally found the necessary compromises to complete the next biennium's budget and Minnesota seemed to be working again. If Minnesotans thought it was too good to be true, they were right.
Friday is the start of the traditional Memorial Day holiday weekend. It is always a memorable weekend for families and communities. The key is to make those days memorable for the right reasons. Remember: The most important thing is to remember the original purpose of Memorial Day. It is a day to remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country - the United States of America.
For nearly five months, the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton have been meeting and meeting and meeting. Yet, they seem unable to agree on much of anything. The Legislature's Republican majority and the DFL governor are matching staredowns to see which one budges first. After publically sparring Thursday over their opposing positions on proposed tax and spending plans, they resumed discussions Friday. There appears to be little movement toward any compromise or agreement.