The majority of Willmar students get the fact that Willmar is and likely always has been a city of immigrants. The students recognize each other, accept who they are and treat each other as they would want to be treated. Thus, the Willmar Senior High School selection of Anisa Abdulahi last week as homecoming queen, along with homecoming king Grant Duininck, reflects the students' world of WIllmar. It was a proud moment for Willmar.
The annual Kandiyohi County Fair opens today and runs through Saturday. It is four days of fun for everyone. And there is a lot going on. Today opens with Veterans Day, a chainsaw carving, a lot of judging events, and pig racing. The Red Letter Band and Jason, Alina and Danny will play at Heritage Square. And it is Bull Riding night at the Grandstand. On Thursday, the judging and the pig racing events continue. The Kingery Family and the Talent Show will be featured at Heritage Square. And it is Demo Derby in the Grandstand.
After several months of study and debate, the Willmar City Council has decided to place a new local option sales tax before the voters on the Nov. 8 ballot. The final proposal has a $10 million target plus finance costs for specific projects for improvements to Robbins Island, the Willmar Civic Center and the Swansson Field Complex.
The $6.5 million rehabilitation project at the Kandi Mall in Willmar took another step toward reality Monday as the Willmar City Council voted to participate in a tax abatement pending completion of specific conditions. This is a positive step for Willmar and west central Minnesota. The 44-acre Kandi Mall property was purchased by RockStep Capital, in partnership with RockStep Willmar LLC, for $14.1 million in October 2015.
Donald Trump continues to display his inability to keep quiet when criticized and has opened an unwinnable debate with the Muslim American parents of an Army soldier killed in the Middle East. Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared at the Democratic National Convention, where Mr. Khan called on Republican leaders to reject Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration and called it "unconstitutional." Their son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, 27, was killed by a car bomber in 2004 in Iraq.
Cartoonist Opinions for July 23
Willmar has yet another opportunity to move onward as a community with its selection as a pilot program for the "Moving Health Forward" initiative. Our community is fortunate to partner with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and have the partner investment of $2 million to fund the initiative through the end of 2018. That is a serious financial investment opportunity for the community of Willmar.
Cartoonist Opinions for July 16 Cartoon by Bruce Plante Cartoon by Tom Stiglich Cartoon by Steve Benson
Veterans and residents of Kandiyohi County and west central Minnesota were fortunate July 4th weekend to be able to visit the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall right here in Willmar. This was a memorable exhibit for all those who visited. According to the exhibit organizers, more than 12,000 people visited the Traveling Wall during its four-day visit to Robbins Island Park here in Willmar.