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Jennifer Kotila

Reporter

Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the City of Willmar, and business.

She can be reached via email at: jkotila@wctrib.com or phone at 320-214-4339.

While attending St. Cloud State University, Jennifer majored in women's studies and history.

From 2010 to 2015, she worked at Herald Journal Publishing of Winsted, Minnesota, writing for both the Herald Journal and Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch. She focused on feature stories for Howard Lake and Dassel-Cokato, as well as covering Howard Lake City Council, Cokato City Council, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board and Dassel-Cokato School Board.

She was also the sports reporter for the Enterprise Dispatch from 2013 to 2015.

From 2016 to 2022, she was a freelance reporter for Isanti-Chisago County Star in Camrbidge, Minnesota, focusing on local government, specifically City of Isanti City Council and Isanti County.

Jennifer has won two Minnesota Newspaper Association Awards.

"The thing I enjoy most about being a reporter for local newspapers is that we are the history keepers - writing the history of the area as it happens," Jennifer said.

Jennifer speaks English.

A customer satisfaction survey recently completed by Willmar Municipal Utilities shows positive results: Customers are satisfied with the service and feel good about their interactions with the utilities.
Friends and colleagues attending the funeral for Blomkest firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson remembered him as a man who always “showed up” where he was needed. Erickson's funeral was Friday in Willmar.
A country music festival may take place on Robbins Island in September if a use agreement is finalized between the City of Willmar and festival promoter Steve Peppin. The Willmar City Council passed a motion of support Monday and will later consider the use agreement.
A cooperative project between Kandiyohi County and Charter Communications will bring broadband to more than 170 rural, unserved homes and small businesses in the county. Charter is investing more than $563,000, and the county has committed nearly $240,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding.
Steve Peppin is seeking Willmar City Council approval to host a country music festival Saturday, Sept. 10
A look at the aftermath of the May 12, 2022, storm in west central Minnesota.
Storms that swept across South Dakota and western and central Minnesota on Thursday night brought damaging winds that downed trees and power lines and destroyed buildings.
Ryan Leif Erickson, 63, had been a Blomkest volunteer firefighter since the age of 18. He died in the line of duty Thursday when a large grain bin was blown over by the high winds and fell on him as he was preparing to leave his farm to monitor storms.
A housing task force was created at the May 2 Willmar City Council meeting. A group of 15 to 16 people is expected to work for three months, or even less, and report back to the city and other partners trying to promote the availability of more housing. Although more apartment complexes are under construction, single-family housing has been identified as a particular need.