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February 11, 2019
The Willmar City Council's Public Works Committee got an early preview of the 2019 street improvement program. The overall estimated costs for all the improvements on the 2019 list is about $6.1 million.

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Willmar Public Works proposes $6.1M in 2019 improvements
February 11, 2019 - 6:54am
August 15, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Water flows into a storm sewer Tuesday morning on Trott Avenue in Willmar. City residents can help the stormwater system function as intended by keeping gutters and catch basins on streets free of things like leaves and grass clippings.
There will always be a flooding risk in Willmar
August 15, 2018 - 8:34pm
June 23, 2018
Tribune file photo
Stub streets again removed from Willmar construction list
June 23, 2018 - 9:47am
June 11, 2018
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune
The reconstruction project on 14th Street Southeast, from the south to Trott Avenue in Willmar, along with nearby 13th, 15th and 16th streets, will be added to this year's street improvements. The projects were removed from the original plan after bond funding came up short, but were added back in by the city council on Monday.
Street assessments for 2018 approved by Willmar Council
June 11, 2018 - 1:41pm
October 18, 2017
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Boxes of records were damaged after portions of the Willmar City Hall building flooded this past weekend.
Willmar City Offices start to dry out after weekend water leak
October 18, 2017 - 5:47pm
August 31, 2017

Grass clippings and leaves can cause water quality and clarity issues. The city of Willmar is asking residents to clean up yard wastes from the curbs, gutters and catch basins, to help keep both the city, and area water bodies, clean.
Yard debris is a water quality concern in Willmar
August 31, 2017 - 6:44am
August 11, 2017
Minnesota's sewage systems are aging, with state officials saying many need major upgrades in coming years. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency photo.
Water quality remains a Minnesota problem. State launches effort to make improvements.
August 11, 2017 - 11:35am
July 24, 2017
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune
Members of the Willmar City Council and city staff attended a retreat Saturday at Bremer Bank in Willmar. The goal was to prioritize projects the council wants to focus on in the next few years. In this exercise they were asked to place dots on the projects they supported the most.
It wasn't easy, but Willmar City Council starts to prioritize
July 24, 2017 - 6:32am
July 17, 2017
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune

Upgrades at the northeast water treatment plant in Willmar could help reduce the amount of salt ending up it the city's wastewater. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regulates the level of salty discharge, and Willmar Municipal Utilities and the city of Willmar are looking for ways to meet those standards.
Willmar water needs to cut back on the salt: City, Municipal Utilities plan improvements
July 17, 2017 - 6:34am
July 9, 2017
Shelby Lindrud / TribuneA Willmar Public Works crew repairs 13th Street Southwest, raking and shoveling asphalt in a button
The many faces of Willmar Public Works
July 9, 2017 - 10:15pm
July 8, 2017
Shelby Lindrud / Tribune

Stormwater ponds like this one near Baker Field in southwest Willmar are scattered across the city. These ponds gather excess stormwater and store it until it's able to drain. Willmar Public Works is responsible for maintaining these ponds to make sure they operate efficiently and correctly.
MPCA fine paid as city looks back on stormwater projects in 2016
July 8, 2017 - 7:02am
May 12, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

Cars pass through the intersection Wednesday of Willmar Avenue Southwest and First Street South in Willmar. It is one of two major First Street intersections that will be reconstructed this summer in a mill-and-overlay project.
Intersection upgrades coming to 1st Street in Willmar this summer
May 12, 2017 - 7:05am
March 7, 2017
Willmar council hears details of $3.5M in street projects
March 7, 2017 - 9:05am
February 20, 2017
Briana Sanchez/ TribuneSean Christensen, public works director, talks about updates that need to be made to the City Auditorium Friday at the building. Recent work that has already been updated includes new flooring in the basketball gym, new HVAC systems and maintenance in the shooting range downstairs. Updates that still need to be done includes fixing water damage and tuck-pointing the outside of the building.
City Auditorium needs help: Willmar facility's needs being discussed
February 20, 2017 - 8:09am
February 3, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

The current preliminary design for the railroad bypass project west of Willmar does not include a crossing for First Avenue West/Kandiyohi County Road 55. The city of Willmar has concerns about whether businesses in that area, including PALS (foreground) and Farm Service Elevator (background), will have adequate access.
Not all parties agree regarding Willmar wye
February 3, 2017 - 7:03am