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Construction begins at Kandi Mall in Willmar

June 19, 2017

Construction begins at Kandi Mall in Willmar
WILLMAR—There is movement at the Kandi Mall, as a construction crew has begun digging into the parking lot, to make room for a new retail building. This additional building is part of the larger renovation project being planned by mall owner RockStep Capital. This new retail space will be located between Tires Plus and the former Pizza Hut. It will have three units for tenants. The end caps will be 3,500 square feet and 1,800 feet, with the middle unit coming in at 1,200 square feet. Willmar Planning

Schwieters Chevrolet building new dealership in Willmar

June 17, 2017

Schwieters Chevrolet building new dealership in Willmar
WILLMAR—Schwieters Chevrolet in Willmar is planning to build a new dealership along the south side of Willmar Avenue adjacent to Lakeland Drive Southeast. The dealership will be relocating to the new site from its present location on First Street South. “It is going to give us better opportunity,” Schwieters Managing Partner Bill Zastrow said. The dealership’s current site is very cramped, so the new location will allow the business to spread out. Schwieters has seen consistent

Industrial Park business agreements approved

June 15, 2017

Industrial Park business agreements approved
WILLMAR—Public hearings regarding land sales and business agreements were held during last Monday’s city council Monday, as the final steps before two development projects can begin in the Industrial Park. ISCO Inc., a parent company of Buhler-Versatile is purchasing a 5.9 acre plot of land located directly south of the Bühler manufacturing facility in the Industrial Park. The company plans to build a warehouse on the lot. The starting sale price of the land was set at $322,807. However,

1000 Degrees fires up pizza in Willmar

June 13, 2017

1000 Degrees fires up pizza in Willmar
WILLMAR—Not only does the oven at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria actually cook the pies at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, there are literally thousands of pizza combinations possible—between 33,000 and 34,000 to be exact. “There is no shortage of pizza,” owner Carl Lindblad said. Carl owns the restaurant with his wife, Courtney Lindblad, and the two are excited to be opening the first 1000 Degree franchise in Minnesota in Willmar, only a short distance from their native Benson. “That

Clock is ticking on broadband sign-ups in Kandiyohi County

June 12, 2017

Clock is ticking on broadband sign-ups in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Commissioners had an urgent message Tuesday for property owners in a Consolidated Telecommunications Co. broadband project zone: The clock is ticking. Customer sign-ups reached 72 percent of the goal this week. But another 220 or so are needed before Consolidated Telecommunications can start construction of a fiber line poised to bring high-speed internet to rural north central Kandiyohi County. The longer it takes to reach the sign-up goal, the greater the likelihood

County fiber broadband project reaches 67% of goal

May 25, 2017

County fiber broadband project reaches 67% of goal
Pre-registrations for fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) for Kandiyohi County’s broadband project has reached 67% of its goal! Only 267 more people are needed. Hear more about the local project below. http://kandiyohi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/05-23-17-Phone-remote-with-Dan-and-Kelly.mp3   Do you know that installation costs are waived for those in Kandiyohi County’s fiber broadband grant project? If you register after the project is completed, installation costs could be in excess of

Willmar hospital and clinic seek affiliation with CentraCare of St. Cloud

May 25, 2017

Willmar hospital and clinic seek affiliation with CentraCare of St. Cloud
WILLMAR—Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers formally agreed to a letter of intent Wednesday night to join forces with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud. It’s the first step toward forming a new corporation to collaboratively deliver health care in Willmar and the region. Leaders of both organizations said the move will help preserve and enhance local health care in the face of accelerating change. “As a board we know health care is changing rapidly,” said

Students unveil businesses: CEO Trade Show highlights young entrepreneurs

May 23, 2017

Students unveil businesses: CEO Trade Show highlights young entrepreneurs
WILLMAR—Wyatt Allen was ready. He greeted a visitor to his trade show booth with a firm handshake and his “elevator speech” about Origin Content Development, his business providing original content for their social media marketing plans. Allen and 20 of his classmates in the Kandiyohi County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities Program presented their fledgling businesses to the public at a trade show a week ago on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. This is the third year

Apprenticeship Workforce Grants Available to Help Employers Develop Highly-Skilled Workforce

May 22, 2017

Apprenticeship Workforce Grants Available to Help Employers Develop Highly-Skilled Workforce
ST. PAUL—Minnesota employers can apply for a grant beginning May 10 to help them develop a registered apprenticeship program to recruit, train and retain their 21st century highly-skilled workforce. Approved applicants receive funds to offset their costs related to program development, instruction and supplies. Recipients can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprentice. The Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) targets employers in these five high-growth industries: advanced manufacturing agriculture health

Opening Kandi Mall to more than just retail uses

May 21, 2017

Opening Kandi Mall to more than just retail uses
WILLMAR—While the Kandi Mall in Willmar has so far dodged any store closings in recent months, Andy Weiner, president of RockStep Capital, who owns the retail center, warned the Willmar Planning Commission that the mall could be facing an unsure future. “This property is too big for current and future retail in Willmar. That is a fact,” Weiner said during a conference call with the commission on May 10. Department stores and national retail brands are struggling with plummeting sales,