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Here’s a look at the top headlines from around west central Minnesota for Oct. 3, 2022.

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A group of over 30 Minnesota line workers, mechanics and suppport staff are traveling to help with power restoration efforts due to hurricane Ian. The group left Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 and plan to arrive on Friday in Kissimmee, Fla.
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WILLMAR — Two Willmar Municipal Utilities employees are headed into the destruction of Hurricane Ian in Florida this weekend.

The pair of lineworkers, along with their digger derrick truck, left Wednesday morning, along with 38 lineworkers, additional mechanics and support staff from 14 public utilities across Minnesota to assist with power restoration efforts in Florida, according to Willmar Municipal Utilities.

The group, gathered by the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, will provide mutual aid with the power outages expected due to Hurricane Ian.


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Kandiyohi County jury will hear dispute over land sale for Tepetonka Club project

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A proposed new golf course is being built in northern Kandiyohi County with a vision to bring private, destination golf to west central Minnesota and the rest of the state.
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WILLMAR — A Kandiyohi County jury will hear the civil lawsuit involving the siblings responsible for Cedar Hills Century Farm, the property proposed for a destination golf course in Kandiyohi County.

In a ruling issued this week, Kandiyohi County District Judge Stephen Wentzell granted a request by the plaintiff in the case to have it heard by a jury rather than by a judge.

The civil case over the land located near Sibley State Park is scheduled for a trial starting Oct. 18.

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Minnesota State officials visit Ridgewater College, listen to ideas for 2023 budget proposal

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Ridgewater College president Craig Johnson talks to a crowd at a budget listening session at the college's Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.
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WILLMAR — Ridgewater College and the Minnesota State college system need to build more outreach into communities across the state, according to comments voiced in a listening session Thursday in Willmar.

Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra and Ridgewater President Craig Johnson answered questions, as did Roger Moe, chairman of the Minnesota State board of trustees and a former state senator.

About 40 people attended the session on Ridgewater’s Willmar campus, part of a series of meetings that will be used to develop a budget proposal for the 2023 legislative session.


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