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Pandemic relief grants are actively helping Kandiyohi County businesses

August 28, 2020

Pandemic relief grants are actively helping Kandiyohi County businesses
WILLMAR—Kandiyohi County businesses and nonprofits are benefiting from the CARES Pandemic Relief Grant Program administered by the Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission. According to a news release from the EDC, a variety of businesses and nonprofits have applied and received more than $700,000 in grants. The businesses that have received the funds average 7.5 years in business with 167 full-time equivalent jobs. Read the full article at the West Central Tribune.

Willmar company could be game-changer in digital manufacturing

August 19, 2020

Willmar company could be game-changer in digital manufacturing
WILLMAR—Grabbing onto business opportunities that blend innovative engineering skills and rapidly advancing 3D printing technology, three brothers are expanding their role in digital manufacturing that could be a game-changer for all manufacturers—and a benefit to consumers. During a media tour Tuesday that included a live, virtual broadcast, Carl, Brian and Sean Douglass talked about their expanding business, DI Labs, at their new location in Willmar. DI Labs was started in 2013 in Spicer. As

Willmar OKs $1 million in federal funds for local pandemic relief program

August 17, 2020

Willmar OKs $1 million in federal funds for local pandemic relief program
WILLMAR — The CARES Pandemic Relief Program, managed by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, will receive a needed influx of cash. The Willmar City Council at its meeting Monday approved transferring $1 million to the EDC for the program, which provides grants to eligible and approved small businesses and nonprofits in the county which have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I do believe the EDC is best at distributing these funds across

Willmar could be sending $1 million to EDC for CPR

August 17, 2020

Willmar could be sending $1 million to EDC for CPR
WILLMAR—In the first week of the CARES Pandemic Relief grant program, managed by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission and funded with money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, 47 businesses and nonprofits applied for assistance. Forty-four of those applicants were deemed eligible for help, totaling approximately $320,000 in grant requests. “We are receiving about six applications a day right now,” said Aaron Backman, EDC executive

New home of Ziegler CAT opens in Willmar

August 1, 2020

New home of Ziegler CAT opens in Willmar
WILLMAR—They say third time’s the charm and the new Ziegler CAT facility in Willmar definitely looks like a success. “It is the biggest showroom Ziegler has,” said Dave Ose, branch manager. Willmar is one of 27 Ziegler locations across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri. The nearly 60,000-square-foot showroom and shop, located at 4600 Highway 71 S., is actually the power equipment dealer’s third store to be in Willmar. Ziegler first arrived in town in 2015 and set up

EDC provides CPR to small businesses and nonprofits hurt by pandemic shutdown

July 29, 2020

EDC provides CPR to small businesses and nonprofits hurt by pandemic shutdown
WILLMAR—The coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened millions and killed thousands has also had a devastating impact on small businesses and nonprofits. Even now, as some states and cities begin to reopen, nothing is back to normal. In an effort to help those still struggling to hold on, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission have created the CARES Pandemic Relief Grant program, aptly known as CPR. “We are trying to keep businesses alive,” said Aaron

Ziegler CAT opens new facility in Willmar

July 25, 2020

Ziegler CAT opens new facility in Willmar
WILLMAR—Ziegler CAT opened its new facility in Willmar on July 20, according to a Ziegler CAT news release. Located at 4600 Highway 71 S., the two-story facility features a retail showroom, a 25,000-square-foot shop, warehouses, offices, and a 7,800-square-foot cold-storage building. The shops include two bridge cranes, lube systems, a hose bench, and a wash bay. An on-site Cat solar array will provide clean, cost-effective, renewable electricity to the new facility. Read more at West Central Tribune

Uptown Willmar hopes to convey a positive vibe at what used to be Kandi Mall

July 25, 2020

Uptown Willmar hopes to convey a positive vibe at what used to be Kandi Mall
WILLMAR — The days of the Kandi Mall are over but it is just the beginning for Uptown Willmar. According to Andy Weiner, president of RockStep Capital who have owned the Willmar shopping hub on South First Street since 2015, the new name is an illustration of the transition the Kandi Mall and others like it are undergoing in the ever-changing retail landscape. The mall first opened in 1973. Read more at West Central Tribune

Ridgewater College and agriculture education partners receive $584,000 grant to train ag technicians

July 24, 2020

Ridgewater College and agriculture education partners receive $584,000 grant to train ag technicians
WILLMAR—Ridgewater College and agriculture partners received a $584,000 National Science Foundation grant to address a need for more agriculture technicians. The grant will fund the program Technical Applications in Agriculture which will educate and qualify high school students as agriculture technicians. “We have the second longest running precision agriculture program in the country, along with our newly created Agriculture Power and Equipment Technician program, so this partnership is a natural

Willmar Wye road construction reaches milestone

July 22, 2020

Willmar Wye road construction reaches milestone
WILLMAR—In just over 365 days, the site of what will become the Willmar Rail Connector and Industrial Access Project, or the Willmar Wye, went from farm fields and open spaces to an active construction site where one can already find most of the realigned—but unpaved—U.S. Highway 12 and the beginnings of two new highway bridges on Highway 12 and Minnesota Highway 40. “It has been going fairly well,” said Paul Rasmussen, project manager from the Minnesota Department of Transportation