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European Connection

September 24, 2013

European Connection
WILLMAR—A contract for Willmar-based RELCO to participate in the design and construction of a major dairy products plant in the Netherlands also signals a connection to one of the largest dairy companies in the world. RELCO RELCO will work with Fronterra of New Zealand to build the whey and lactose plant in Heerenveen, Netherlands. “It’s our largest contract to date,” Mike Day, chief financial officer, said last week. RELCO was started by Loren Corle in 1982 in Willmar and has a facility

A Banner Year

August 20, 2013

A Banner Year
Willmar—An $800,000 construction and remodeling project at Sommerset Apartments on 19th Avenue Southeast and other major projects are contributing to a healthy increase in this year’s construction valuation in Willmar. Total construction valuation at the end of July this year is up nearly 350 percent, or just shy of $33 million worth of new construction compared with about $9.5 million to date in 2012. Commercial additions and alterations are down from 2012 to 2013, but the real change is seen

Sunny Days Ahead

August 1, 2013

Sunny Days Ahead
SUNBURG—Tim and Anne Kallevig were talking to vendors Wednesday morning, getting commercial coffee pots installed, putting more items on the shelves and handing off their 1-year old son, Benjamin, to each other as 5-year old daughter, Ava, cheerfully greeted people at the door of the family’s new business in Sunburg. The Kallevigs purchased the small town’s former grocery store, which closed earlier this year. They remodeled the building and renamed the business the Sunburg Trading Post. It

‘Greater synergies’ as they move forward

July 9, 2013

‘Greater synergies’ as they move forward
WILLMAR—U of M, MinnWest Tech Campus talk renewed commitment of collaboration. A renewed commitment of collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar could help both entities achieve their goals and missions, according to Dr. Brian Herman, vice president for research at the University of Minnesota. Herman spent Monday touring the MinnWest Technology Campus with University Regent Vice President Dean Johnson, of Willmar. That tour included the University’s