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Kandiyohi County broadband telephone survey

May 2, 2016

Watch our videos about the upcoming telephone survey calls related to Kandiyohi County’s Broadband Internet Feasibility Study. The county is using these calls to generate a statistically valid, randomized sample of county residents in order to better understand the interest in county-wide Internet service. The calls are a part of a larger feasibility study being performed by CNE Engineering, with offices in Fargo North Dakota and New London, Minnesota, which will take place in phases throughout

Kandiyohi County urges participation in broadband survey

April 22, 2016

WILLMAR—If you live in rural Kandiyohi County and get a phone call next month asking about your broadband service, don’t hang up. The telephone survey is being conducted during May as part of a countywide broadband feasibility study, and organizers want—and need—the public to participate. “We want to make sure people recognize the study and respond. That’s critical,” said Connie Schmoll, business development specialist with the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development

State, community, business leaders discuss broadband in Willmar

April 19, 2016

State, community, business leaders discuss broadband in Willmar
WILLMAR—At a panel discussion Monday with Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, stories of local broadband woes crackled with a frustration that has become familiar. Speaker after speaker described the shortcomings with their rural internet service—slow speeds, inadequate bandwidth and sometimes no service at all unless they drive into town to find a free wireless hotspot. The broadband gap increasingly puts rural Minnesota at a competitive disadvantage, said Aaron Backman, executive director of the Kandiyohi

Willmar City Council backs shovel-ready certification

April 7, 2016

WILLMAR—The Willmar City Council has approved the city’s participation in the Minnesota Department of Economic Development Shovel Ready Certification program for the Willmar Industrial Park. The city’s share of the professional services needed to become certified is $8,026. The Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission will pay the remaining half of the professional services and the $3,250 for the program’s application fee. Aaron Backman, EDC director, hopes to

Atwater greenhouse grows

March 14, 2016

Atwater greenhouse grows
ATWATER—By using “creative rearranging” in her greenhouse/cafe/hardware store/bait shop/gift shop/coffee bar, an Atwater woman has responded once again to the needs of her rural community. She has added the term “grocery store” to her all-under-one-roof business that’s reminiscent of an old-style mercantile. “We’re busting at our seams now,” said Elsie Kashmark, owner of Peaceful Thymes, located on U.S. Highway 12 on the east edge of Atwater. “We’re full from floor to ceiling.” For

Clark Engineering receives award for Kandiyohi County Landfill Leachate Treatment Plant project

February 17, 2016

Clark Engineering receives award for Kandiyohi County Landfill Leachate Treatment Plant project
Clark Engineering, which was a partner in the Kandiyohi County Landfill Leachate Treatment Plant project in New London, received the Grand Award and the Grand Conceptor Award for the project at the 2016 American Council of Engineering Companies awards banquet Jan. 29 in Minneapolis.  The leachate treatment plant at the landfill uses Clark Engineering’s patent-pending technology to filter out hazardous chemicals and other contaminants from the landfill’s discharge. Clark Engineering was recognized

Kandiyohi County announces new financing tool for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements

February 17, 2016

Kandiyohi County announces new financing tool for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements
Newly available to businesses, farms, multi-family housing, nonprofits, and places of worship in Kandiyohi County PACE, a new financing tool called Property-Assessed Clean Energy, provides project financing that is repaid as a separate item on property tax assessments for a set period. In this way, PACE eliminates the burden of upfront costs by providing low-cost, long-term financing. Read the full press release here. To find out more information go to http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/pace.  

Spicer hardware store gets new owner

January 19, 2016

Spicer hardware store gets new owner
SPICER—For nearly 60 years the hardware store in Spicer has been known as Vegdahl’s. When new owners take over Jan. 19 and the store is renamed Bonnema Hardware and Flooring, it will most likely still be known as Vegdahl’s. “I’ll be calling it Vegdahl’s,” said Mark Bonnema, who is purchasing the business that has been owned and operated by members of the Vegdahl family for nearly six decades. “Without a doubt, it’ll always be Vegdahl’s,” Bonnema said. The transition in ownership

Robotic-assisted technology introduced to Rice Hospital

January 19, 2016

Robotic-assisted technology introduced to Rice Hospital
WILLMAR—When Dr. Thomas Lange removes a patient’s gall bladder or Dr. Jennifer Lee-Pentz performs a simple hysterectomy, their snips and sutures are careful, dexterous and precise. Except they’re not standing directly over the patient. They’re a few feet away, using robotic technology to perform the surgery. Rice Memorial Hospital introduced robotic-assisted surgery last summer for a handful of selected procedures. As local use of the technology slowly grows, hospital officials hope it will

Dealer offers ag data collection via airplane

January 19, 2016

Dealer offers ag data collection via airplane
WILLMAR, MN—In an era when unmanned aerial systems seem to be the inevitable future for agricultural data collection, one implement dealer has started offering a service of collecting data for customers with a Cessna airplane, flown by an actual pilot. Haug Implement of Willmar, Minn., offers data gathering and processing service in central Minnesota, and is expanding. The company captures images at a 2- to 10-inch resolution. They are Minnesota’s dealer for AgPixel Agricultural Service,