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The Willmar School Board will meet Monday to consider the next school year's budget and seeking bids for a proposed expansion of Willmar Middle School. The board meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Willmar Education and Arts Center.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners held a work session on how to spend the remaining $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds the county has. Out of the original $8.3 million, the board dedicated 75 percent of it to expanding broadband access in the county.
A Minnesota economic redevelopment program distributed more than $40 million to a total of 14 nonprofit partners in a second round of funding. The Southwest Initiative Foundation received $1.84 million.
A revised budget indicates Willmar Public Schools revenue is projected to increase from $58.1 million to $61.5 million for the year, and spending is expected to increase from $62 million to $63.4 million.

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Kandiyohi County distributed thousands of free N99 masks Thursday to households in the county to help protect against COVID-19. The masks from the Minnesota Department of Health are high-quality protection against COVID-19, and instructions in proper use were provided to all who received them.
Willmar Public Schools students are eligible to receive a test kit with two at-home rapid tests, thanks to a grant from the state. Tests were distributed earlier this week, and parents can still pick up tests at the Willmar Education and Arts Center on Friday.

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