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Survey shows high-speed broadband still a priority in Kandiyohi County

March 23, 2020

Survey shows high-speed broadband still a priority in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR—Nearly half of respondents to a broadband survey taken in Dovre, Mamre and St. Johns townships in Kandiyohi County said they would be willing to spend on average $61.47 a month for high-speed broadband service. “There is a demand for high-speed broadband and people are willing to pay,” said Connie Schmoll, business development manager with the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The survey, completed by the EDC and Compass Consultants, was sent

Farm Service Elevator predicts new feed system could improve turkey growth at reduced cost

March 7, 2020

Farm Service Elevator predicts new feed system could improve turkey growth at reduced cost
WILLMAR–A new system for blending and loading poultry feed that was implemented late last year at the Farm Service Elevator in Willmar has already reduced time and increased nutrition options. Research is now underway to determine if the projected growth and rate of gain for commercial turkey flocks is realized. If it is, it could be a game-changer for the Willmar Poultry Company–which raises commercial turkeys and owns and operates the Farm Service Elevator–and other poultry farms which purchase

Interest grows in Willmar Renaissance Zone

February 27, 2020

Interest grows in Willmar Renaissance Zone
WILLMAR—Even though the Willmar Renaissance Zone is still in the planning and vetting process, word has already begun to spread amongst interested parties and developers. “We’ve had a lot of great feedback and a lot of great interest in the zone,” Willmar Planning and Community Development Director Dave Ramstad recently told members of the Willmar Planning Commission. The proposed zone would provide a host of economic development incentives to draw developers to the area and perhaps

Kandiyohi County is the star of a new video produced by EDC

February 25, 2020

Kandiyohi County is the star of a new video produced by EDC
WILLMAR—If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a four-minute video should say quite a lot. That is what the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is hoping as it releases a new video that focuses on the quality of life within the county. “We wanted something fun,” said Connie Schmoll, EDC business development manager, “that states Minnesota is a great place to live and Kandiyohi County is a great place in Minnesota.” The completed video—and

Bethesda releases details of North Pointe expansion

February 22, 2020

Bethesda releases details of North Pointe expansion
NEW LONDON—During Tuesday’s Lion’s Club meeting at the Spicer American Legion, Bethesda administrators provided a public update on the $19.5 million development of Bethesda North Pointe—the new senior and assisted living center under construction along Peterson Parkway in New London. Bethesda’s Chief Development Officer Caroline Chan and Regional Director of Housing Carli Stensrud, offered a summary of the progress since groundbreaking took place last fall, and fielded questions from those

With first-in-world tech, Spicer engineers on cusp of revolutionizing 3D printing industry

February 18, 2020

With first-in-world tech, Spicer engineers on cusp of revolutionizing 3D printing industry
Two-thousand miles removed from the tech hubs of Silicon Valley and an ocean away from the burgeoning markets of Beijing, the small town of Spicer is about the last place one would expect to find the frontline of fabrication. But tucked behind rows of oak trees at the end of a winding wooded driveway, in an otherwise unassuming building all 113th Ave NE, a trio of engineering brothers are, quite literally, developing the “cutting edge” of 3D printing as the manufacturing industry knows

Willmar geometry students use newfound skills to help with school remodeling

February 8, 2020

Willmar geometry students use newfound skills to help with school remodeling
WILLMAR—Geometry students at Willmar Senior High have seen tangible results of their work this school year. Students in the 2018-19 school year were assigned a project—redesign the six pods in the building. Two of them were updated last summer; work on the other four is planned for this summer. The new pods reflect ideas from the work of the geometry students. For students who worked on it, seeing the finished pods is gratifying. “I think they ended up pretty nice; it was fun adding creativity

Updates to Robbins Island’s Destination Playground to create an even better place to play

February 7, 2020

Updates to Robbins Island’s Destination Playground to create an even better place to play
WILLMAR—The Robbins Island Destination Playground in Willmar has more than lived up to the expectations of the committee that helped make it a reality. During the summer months it’s not uncommon to see the parking lot full of not only cars but buses, as families, daycares and summer programs all come to enjoy the nearly 20,000-square-foot, fully accessible playground. “I am always looking to see how busy the park is,” said Dave Baker, state representative and member of the Willmar

Eminent domain is an option for Kandiyohi County to obtain land needed for the Willmar Wye

February 6, 2020

Eminent domain is an option for Kandiyohi County to obtain land needed for the Willmar Wye
WILLMAR—While proceeding with eminent domain to acquire just over 36 acres of land needed for the Willmar Wye rail bypass project would be Kandiyohi County’s last resort, the county commissioners approved a resolution to allow that to happen if needed. The resolution to start the eminent domain process passed unanimously at Tuesday’s county board meeting, though the county commissioners hope negotiations prove successful. “It is a place holder, negotiation does not stop,”

Construction on Willmar Middle School addition could begin this summer; open in fall 2021

February 6, 2020

Construction on Willmar Middle School addition could begin this summer; open in fall 2021
WILLMAR—If all moves along smoothly, an addition to Willmar Middle School could open as soon as Sept. 1, 2021. The planned addition would have a larger gym and a small alternative learning center for the school district and a wing for special needs students served by the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative. Willmar School Board approved the framework of a lease agreement with the cooperative this week. The Board approved the document unanimously. Superintendent Jeff Holm said the document