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.
Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. - George Washington Carver The needed leadership response the country needed this week was quite simple. There are no good neo-Nazis. There are no good white supremacists. There are no good white nationalists. There are no good Ku Klux Klan members. There are no good religious bigots.
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.