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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,

EDC approves broadband study, loan for Asian grocery

January 12, 2016

WILLMAR—A $25,000 grant from the Blandin Foundation has been awarded to study the lack of broadband Internet service in Kandiyohi County. Word that the grant had been approved came Wednesday, said Connie Schmoll, business development specialist with the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. Schmoll told the EDC operations board Thursday that the Blandin grant will be matched with $25,000 from Kandiyohi County and $12,500 from Federated Telephone Cooperative based

Keeping a spot on the map: New road signs demonstrate local pride for Sunburg

March 25, 2015

Keeping a spot on the map:  New road signs demonstrate local pride for Sunburg
WILLMAR—There’s no sign on Kandiyohi County Road 7 as the road enters the south end of town. And after a storm last summer destroyed the remaining “Welcome to Sunburg” sign at Highway 7 and Minnesota Highway 9, there’s been no sign on the north end of town either.Sunburg sign But this is about to change. Brand-new signs are being installed at both locations this spring, thanks to the efforts of city officials and many volunteers. In this town of 100, which treasures its strong Norwegian

ArtPlace America awards New London $262,500 grant for community art

March 25, 2015

ArtPlace America awards New London $262,500 grant for community art
NEW LONDON—White paint on the south wall of Mord’s Hardware Hank, downtown New London, marks the start of the first public art project to develop from a 30-month, $262,500 grant awarded by ArtPlace America to the city of New London. Jeff Vetsch, project coordinator, announced New London received the grant during last Wednesday’s city council meeting. Vetsch, Kristin Allen, project artistic director, and City Administrator Trudie Guptill were informed June 6 the city had received the grant.

Bethesda breaks ground this week for $21M project

August 19, 2014

Bethesda breaks ground this week for $21M project
WILLMAR—Ground will be officially broken Thursday for a $21 million project to expand the Bethesda Health and Housing campus. Beds at the aging Bethesda Heritage facility are being replaced with new construction on the same site as Bethesda Pleasant View and the Bethesda Wellness Center. The project, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015, will unify the entire continuum of Bethesda services on one campus, said Michelle Haefner, CEO and president of Bethesda Health and Housing. But

Family-owned TerWisscha Construction celebrates 50 years

June 17, 2014

Family-owned TerWisscha Construction celebrates 50 years
WILLMAR—John TerWisscha began his construction career in the summer of 1954 digging footings with a shovel for Mel Werder. Werder was building a hog barn 4 miles south of Willmar. “I asked if Mel had any work for a dude like me,’’ recalls TerWisscha who had returned in late February from military service in Korea. “He said, ‘There is the shovel.’ I picked up the shovel and I started digging. And that is how I started in construction.’’ TerWisscha was remembering his early days as