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.
Minnesota's troubled computer system that processes and issues motor vehicle license plates, registrations and titles is known as MNLARS. It could more aptly be titled MNlaugh for its launch has been a failure. The launch of MNLARS in July was supposed to be a 21st-century system that would replace the previous 30-year-old system. The result has been a $93 million investment over nine years that still doesn't work.
Brave politicians Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, joined Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday in proposing a stewardship fee or tax on prescription opioids to raise funding to address the opioids epidemic. Sen Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, is also the bill sponsor in the Senate.