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Making a statement: County supports two major economic development projects

April 15, 2014

Making a statement: County supports two major economic development projects
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Commissioners have thrown their financial support behind two major economic development projects in Willmar, including one that could end up pulling money away from planned county road projects.Willmar Wye illustration At their meeting Tuesday, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to make a financial commitment of $459,279 that would go towards a project to reroute 45th Street north and south of U.S. Highway 12 as part of a proposal to create a railroad bypass and spur

Community-owned grocery announces selection of East Highway 12 site

April 9, 2014

Community-owned grocery announces selection of East Highway 12 site
WILLMAR—The Willmar Community-Owned Grocery announced its choice Tuesday of 1600 East Highway 12 as the future home of the locally owned food cooperative. Close to 50 people were on hand for the official announcement and signing of the lease, which was greeted with a round of applause. “It’s a really important day,” said COG board member Mary Catherwood. “We know where we’re going to be. We know where our home is.” The location, at the corner of Highway 12 and Lakeland Drive, is owned

NLS’ passive solar greenhouse could have impact on entire county

March 3, 2014

NLS’ passive solar greenhouse could have impact on entire county
NEW LONDON — What may be the best classroom ever built comes with a floor of stones, NLS greenhousewelded furniture and plenty of dirt. What the students of the New London-Spicer High School learn in their new, passive solar greenhouse could matter to all of Kandiyohi County. Arvind Auluck-Wilson’s motivation in helping design the greenhouse is to jump-start a new industry in the county. The owner of Energy Technology Innovations in Milan believes that entrepreneurs in the county could build

European Connection

September 24, 2013

European Connection
WILLMAR—A contract for Willmar-based RELCO to participate in the design and construction of a major dairy products plant in the Netherlands also signals a connection to one of the largest dairy companies in the world. RELCO RELCO will work with Fronterra of New Zealand to build the whey and lactose plant in Heerenveen, Netherlands. “It’s our largest contract to date,” Mike Day, chief financial officer, said last week. RELCO was started by Loren Corle in 1982 in Willmar and has a facility

A Banner Year

August 20, 2013

A Banner Year
Willmar—An $800,000 construction and remodeling project at Sommerset Apartments on 19th Avenue Southeast and other major projects are contributing to a healthy increase in this year’s construction valuation in Willmar. Total construction valuation at the end of July this year is up nearly 350 percent, or just shy of $33 million worth of new construction compared with about $9.5 million to date in 2012. Commercial additions and alterations are down from 2012 to 2013, but the real change is seen

Sunny Days Ahead

August 1, 2013

Sunny Days Ahead
SUNBURG—Tim and Anne Kallevig were talking to vendors Wednesday morning, getting commercial coffee pots installed, putting more items on the shelves and handing off their 1-year old son, Benjamin, to each other as 5-year old daughter, Ava, cheerfully greeted people at the door of the family’s new business in Sunburg. The Kallevigs purchased the small town’s former grocery store, which closed earlier this year. They remodeled the building and renamed the business the Sunburg Trading Post. It

‘Greater synergies’ as they move forward

July 9, 2013

‘Greater synergies’ as they move forward
WILLMAR—U of M, MinnWest Tech Campus talk renewed commitment of collaboration. A renewed commitment of collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar could help both entities achieve their goals and missions, according to Dr. Brian Herman, vice president for research at the University of Minnesota. Herman spent Monday touring the MinnWest Technology Campus with University Regent Vice President Dean Johnson, of Willmar. That tour included the University’s