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Major Willmar Industrial Park development proposed, possible package sorting and distribution center

August 20, 2018

Major Willmar Industrial Park development proposed, possible package sorting and distribution center
WILLMAR—A yet-to-be named business is interested in constructing a package sorting and distribution center in the Willmar Industrial Park, a business which could bring dozens of new jobs. “They haven’t released the name, but you have heard of it. It is not going to be a secret; they are a big player,” said Bruce Peterson, Willmar Planning and Development Services director, addressing Monday’s meeting of the Willmar City Council. “They will be running loads of product

That #KanDo Mentality That Can Only Mean Success

August 14, 2018

That #KanDo Mentality That Can Only Mean Success
For almost 15 years, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) has been working hard to serve as a catalyst for economic growth in its region.  In 2017, Business in Focus took a closer look at this dynamic organization and all of the great initiatives the EDC was working on in partnership with other sectors to make the City and County a vibrant and attractive place to live and do business.  Read the entire article on the EDC and Kandiyohi County featured in

Crews make headway on Glacial Lakes Trail

August 10, 2018

NEW LONDON—Construction and development of the Glacial Lakes Trail and it’s 6.5 mile extension from New London into Sibley State Park continues to progress as scheduled with several key milestones recently reached. Last week construction crews installed a box culvert (a concrete tunnel) at the intersection of Highway 71 and County Road 40, which will allow those using the trail to pass safely beneath the roadway rather than risk crossing the heavily trafficked roadway. The tunnel runs diagonally

Workshop: Talent & Technology for the Progressive Farm Manager

August 9, 2018

Workshop: Talent & Technology for the Progressive Farm Manager
This two-part workshop brought to you by the EDC’s Ag and Renewable Energy Development Committee to help our progressive farm managers grow smarter and stronger. This workshop features two dynamic sessions on talent and technology. SCHEDULE: 7:30 – 9:30AM | Attracting, retaining and managing your ag labor workforce. Plus, the latest changes to the employment regulatory environment. Speakers | Mike Henke, Mike Henke Inc. and Kristie Haefner, Firm Administrator & Lead HR Consultant

Willmar council OKs steps to accept $1.2M rehab grant

August 6, 2018

Willmar council OKs steps to accept $1.2M rehab grant
WILLMAR—Homes located on the northside of downtown Willmar and businesses within the downtown business district will soon be able to apply for no-interest, deferred loans for eligible rehabilitation projects. The city’s application for a Small Cities block grant of $1,205,177 was approved earlier this summer by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. “This project is for assisting homeowners and business in the downtown area on district heat, to help them with

Small community theaters aim high with big productions

July 26, 2018

Small community theaters aim high with big productions
Lake Lillian has an estimated population of 235 people, according to the United States Census Bureau. With 13 area businesses, a main street approximately half a mile long, and the nearest school almost 13 miles away, Lake Lillian is the very definition of a small town. But starting Sunday, this small town is hosting a full production of “Mary Poppins,” which is expected to draw around 100 people for each show at the former Lake Lillian school. Director Corinne Hable said, “This

Little Crow Resort nears completion

July 24, 2018

Little Crow Resort nears completion
NEW LONDON—A $7.8 million project to build a hotel, event center, restaurant, bar and pro shop on the grounds of the Little Crow Country Club is nearing completion. The project began last fall with the demolition of an existing facility that housed a bar, restaurant and pro shop at the golf course, located near New London. Hampered by inclement weather that delayed the initial expected completion date of mid-May, segments of the project are now done and open to the public and the rest—including

A year full of play and pride: Willmar’s Destination Playground exceeds goals

July 22, 2018

A year full of play and pride: Willmar’s Destination Playground exceeds goals
WILLMAR—It has been just over a year since the Willmar Destination Playground at Robbins Island Regional Park opened to the cheers of delight from adults and children alike. It is as popular today as it was on its grand opening weekend, with people coming from near and far to spend a few hours at the fully accessible, 19,000-square-foot playground. “The use is probably more than I anticipated,” Gary Mazner, Willmar Public Works superintendent said. “You see bus loads out there

New London artist to showcase work in New York City gallery

July 21, 2018

NEW LONDON—In fulfilling her dream of displaying her work in a New York City art exhibit, New Londonite Marjorie Nilssen will give the Big Apple a taste of the Lakes Area arts community this summer as she heads to Manhattan with her latest series of abstract paintings. On August 2, Nilssen is scheduled to present her one-day “pop-up” show at the Rogue Space gallery in the city’s Chelsea District—a miniature Mecca for established and upcoming artists alike. As both a professor of art at

Cattlemen at heart: Creativity gives next generation of farmers a boost

July 21, 2018

Cattlemen at  heart: Creativity gives next generation of farmers a boost
WILLMAR—When he looks at the herd of 100 Angus cows and their frisky spring calves grazing in a pasture of belly-high grass, Cullen Fischer still can’t believe his lifelong dream of raising cattle is coming true. “It’s kind of a pinch-me thing,” said the 31-year-old from Lake Lillian about his good fortune of taking over ownership of the well-established cow-calf operation from a retired farmer he met just a few years ago—a man who will continue to be his mentor. “I