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2019 EDC Strategic Planning Session

April 22, 2019

2019 EDC Strategic Planning Session
The 2019 Strategic Planning Session for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) took place this past March. EDC Marketing and Public Relations Committee Vice Chair, Melissa Knott, shares her experience with us as a first-time attendee: “On March 14th, I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Strategic Planning Session for the EDC where the separate committees came together to establish and discuss the primary focus areas for 2019. It was an eye-opening

the Buzz | Co-Op Credit Union, First Street Station, Legacy Commons, Westside Market

April 22, 2019

the Buzz | Co-Op Credit Union, First Street Station, Legacy Commons, Westside Market
Late in 2018, Willmar City Planner, Sarah Swedburg, published another episode of “the Buzz”. In this episode, Sarah talks about several projects taking place in our community. Co-Op Credit Union Co-Op Credit Union is located on the corner of 5th street and 19th avenue. Construction of this project is underway and is scheduled to be completed in late Spring of 2019. First Street Station First Street Station is a 4-unit strip mall located on the old Dairy Queen on First Street. Weather

Celebrations planned to mark 100 years at Sibley State Park

April 22, 2019

Celebrations planned to mark 100 years at Sibley State Park
Popular destination in Kandiyohi County was designated on April 23, 1919 Celebration events are planned throughout the summer to honor 100 years of Sibley State Park, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The park, in west-central Minnesota, is named for the state’s first governor, Henry Hastings Sibley, and was funded by the state Legislature and designated as a state park on April 23, 1919.   “Sibley State Park is a special place for many people,” said park naturalist Kelsey

Bethesda proposes $16 million facility in New London

April 6, 2019

Bethesda proposes $16 million facility in New London
After meeting with representatives of nonprofit senior living organization Bethesda, of Willmar, the City of New London passed a resolution Wednesday evening calling for a public hearing to establish a TIF (tax increment financing) District. This TIF District would allow Bethesda to construct a $16 million senior and assisted living facility in New London near Peterson Parkway. Although the project is still in its preliminary design phase, Bethesda plans to create a 72-unit, 95,000 foot facility

Housing developer to seek Willmar tax abatement

March 4, 2019

Housing developer to seek Willmar tax abatement
WILLMAR—To help move the construction of new 24-unit apartment building at the Sunwood Apartment Complex near Ridgewater College forward, developer AEHM LLC has requested the Willmar City Council consider approval of a 10-year tax abatement for the project. Gabe Olson, of AEHM, explained that with rising construction costs, the project would probably not be possible without assistance from the city. “Construction costs are pretty high,” Olson said. “Without the abatement, it would

Highway 23 Coalition sets 2019 project goals

February 22, 2019

Highway 23 Coalition sets 2019 project goals
WILLMAR — Building on their success last year to lobby the Minnesota Legislature for money to build two four-lane gaps between Willmar and Interstate 94, the Highway 23 Coalition has set new legislative goals for 2019. The board of directors for the coalition, which is a public-private partnership with more than 100 members that promotes infrastructure improvements on Highway 23, recently identified support for four projects on the Highway 23 corridor. The projects include: Construction of a roundabout

Willmar updates Robbins Island land use covenants

February 21, 2019

Willmar updates Robbins Island land use covenants
WILLMAR—As a requirement of the $606,000 Legacy grant Willmar received for improvements at Robbins Island Regional Park, the city needed to update the land use covenants for the park, to lay out in black and white that someday the park won’t turn into a strip mall or housing development. The park has covenants, but they haven’t been updated since 1974. “This is basically saying this is going to be a park and it is always going to stay a park,” Willmar Parks and Recreation

Kandi Mall owners thrilled with Kohl’s decision to come to Willmar

February 20, 2019

Kandi Mall owners thrilled with Kohl’s decision to come to Willmar
WILLMAR—The Kandi Mall’s southside anchor location has stood empty since 2012 when Kmart closed. For the past four years, Kohl’s has been eyeing Willmar as a possible location for a new store, according to Andy Weiner, CEO of RockStep Capital, owners of the mall. “We are thrilled to have Kohl’s open up a 40,000-square-foot store in the former Kmart building,” Weiner said in an email to the West Central Tribune. “They believe they will have a very strong store

Kohl’s gets building permit for Kandi Mall’s Kmart site

February 20, 2019

Kohl’s gets building permit for Kandi Mall’s Kmart site
WILLMAR – It looks like the rumors are true. National retailer Kohl’s is coming to Willmar’s Kandi Mall. Mayor Marv Calvin made the announcement at the end of Tuesday’s city council meeting. “Kohl’s has pulled a building permit from the city of Willmar,” Calvin said. City Planner Sarah Swedburg said the building permit was taken out by Kohl’s last week and is for work to split the former Kmart location in the Kandi Mall into two different retail spaces, with Kohl’s planning to fill

Bethesda recognized for Cycling Without Age program in Willmar

February 19, 2019

Bethesda recognized for Cycling Without Age program in Willmar
WILLMAR—Bethesda Willmar has received a “Stars Among Us” Community Collaboration Award from LeadingAge Minnesota for its Cycling Without Age initiative conducted in partnership with the city of Willmar. The award recognizes an aging services provider that partners with a city, agency, community group or other business to go beyond its traditional long-term care role to support and improve the greater community. Cycling Without Aging is the first program of its kind in Greater Minnesota