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February 18, 2019
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The Willmar turbines are picture in this Tribune file photo. The severe cold weather in January interupted energy production for two days during the productive month.
Power and water usage stays flat in Willmar
19 hours 22 min ago
January 30, 2019
WMU power reliability even higher in 2018
January 30, 2019 - 5:25pm
January 29, 2019

The steel structure at Willmar Municipal Utilities' Priam substation is going up and both Willmar Municipal Utilities and Great River Energy are working on completing transmission lines. The hope is to have the substation operational by summer.
Priam substation expected online this summer
January 29, 2019 - 8:14pm
January 14, 2019
Erica Dischino / Tribune

A more decorative style of light is being considered as Willmar Municipal Utilities and city of Willmar staff research options for upgrading streetlights in downtown Willmar.
Brightening up downtown Willmar with new lights
January 14, 2019 - 9:46am
December 6, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune file photo

A planned improvement project at Willmar's Northeast Water Treatment Plant was estimated to cost about $8.5 million and now looks like it will cost around $14 million. Willmar Municipal Utilities will go back to the drawing board to address ammonia levels at the plant.
Back to drawing board for Willmar water treatment upgrade
December 6, 2018 - 8:17am
October 22, 2018
Willmar Utilities take on more expenses for water main replacements
October 22, 2018 - 6:09am
July 26, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune

The city of Willmar is seeking a state grant for a project at the Northeast Water Treatment Plant that should improve water quality while also helping the city meet upcoming wastewater discharge requirements.
Willmar Municipal Utilities applies for grant to help cover project costs at water plant
July 26, 2018 - 10:46pm
July 10, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune

A 3,200-ton coal pile sits Monday behind the Willmar Power Plant. The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission agreed Monday with the staff recommendation to sell the remaining coal as it is no longer needed as a backup fuel source.
End of Willmar's coal era: Municipal Utilities to sell remaining tons as natural gas meets needs
July 10, 2018 - 6:22am
June 17, 2018
Tribune file photo
Willmar Utilities fined for emission violation
June 17, 2018 - 10:20pm
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Arbitrator finds employee justifiably terminated by Willmar Utilities
June 17, 2018 - 9:57pm
June 5, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune

A new project at Willmar's Northeast Water Treatment Plant will update the plant’s filter system in order to remove ammonia, iron and manganese. An $8.5 million design contract has been approved.
Step forward in water quality: Willmar Utilities Commission OKs $8.5M design contract for treatment plant
June 5, 2018 - 6:49am
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Excess steam is released Thursday from the Willmar Power Plant. There is a large amount of unused steam due to the district heat load dropping so significantly as that program winds down. For greater efficiency, Willmar Municipal Utilities will implement use of a mobile boiler later this summer.
Willmar Municipal Utilities to rent smaller boiler for district heat needs
June 5, 2018 - 5:18am
April 23, 2018
Shelby Lindrud / TribuneBoth Willmar wind turbines were spinning Sunday afternoon. Willmar Municipal Utilities was able to find the parts it needed to get Turbine 4 back online, weeks ahead of schedule.
Both Willmar wind turbines turning again
April 23, 2018 - 6:32am
March 22, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune file photo

An old building plan proposal curls from water damage in October when multiple documents were destroyed by a water leak at the Willmar City Offices. The city is considering a project in 2018 to build a new city hall.
Tribune Opinion: City should consider all options for city hall
March 22, 2018 - 6:11am
March 9, 2018
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune

Willmar Utilities Water and Heating Supervisor Joel Braegelman uses a device to listen for leaks in a pipe. To keep water loss low, staff members keep their eyes – and ears – out for leaks in the water system and repair them.
Willmar residents’ water conservation efforts have greatest impact on usage
March 9, 2018 - 7:02am