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Willmar grows and prospers

February 12, 2017

Willmar grows and prospers
WILLMAR—In 2016 the city of Willmar approved over $60 million dollars in new construction and development ranging from major school projects to new homes and businesses. These projects popped up all over town from the Industrial Park and along Lakeland Drive to the retail center of First Street. “2016 was a positive year,” said Bruce Peterson, Willmar Planning and Community Development director. While Willmar still has a lack of housing in many areas, especially workforce housing, 2016

First year a success for leachate treatment system

February 11, 2017

First year a success for leachate treatment system
WILLMAR—An innovative demonstration project to collect and purify leachate on site at the Kandiyohi County landfill encountered a few setbacks during its first full year of operation. Overall, though, engineers rate the project—the first of its kind in North America—a success with many lessons learned. “We’re excited to still be part of it,” said Greg Ackerson of Apex Efficiency Solutions, one of the partners in the project. Ackerson and Vladimir Scheglowski of Clark Technology

New London, Spicer approve more than 50 building permits each in 2016

January 28, 2017

New London, Spicer approve more than 50 building permits each in 2016
As part of their year in review for 2016, New London and Spicer took a look at their respective building permits for last year, and both had relatively good years. In 2016, New London approved 98 building permits for a total valuation of $18 million, city administrator Trudie Guptill said. Of that, $15 million in valuation was for New London-Spicer schools, which is in the midst of a $21.635 million building project. Also among the 98 building permits were nine new single-family homes and one twin

The most metal way to fish

January 28, 2017

The most metal way to fish
There are some who say Loren Hjelle of rural New London is a sharp guy, and they wouldn’t be telling a fish tale. A retired Ridgewater College welding instructor, Hjelle has been making darkhouse fishing spears for about 30 years. A Loren Hjelle customized spear is top prize for the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association West Central Chapter annual raffle coming up Monday, Feb. 6 at O’Neil’s in Spicer. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. with the event to start at 7 p.m. Raffle tickets are

Proposal in works for new psychiatric facility in Willmar

January 26, 2017

Proposal in works for new psychiatric facility in Willmar
WILLMAR—Emily Piper, Minnesota Commissioner of Human Services, outlined the need Wednesday for a new children’s psychiatric hospital in Willmar and assured staff that her department will advocate for legislative action on funding. “I want it to be a state-of-the-art facility for kids and the people who work here,” Piper said during a meeting at the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services facility on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. In his budget proposal that was released

Broadband grant project area

January 24, 2017

Broadband grant project area
Curious as to whether or not you are within Consolidated Telecommunication Co.’s (CTC) grant area in north central and northwestern Kandiyohi County?  The above map shows the grant area outlined in pink. If you are not sure if you are within this area, contact Connie Schmoll, Business Development Specialist, at the EDC. If you are in this area, expect contact from CTC this year. In order to take advantage of deployment, potential customers will need to sign up with CTC for broadband services,

Kandiyohi County broadband projects receive nearly $6 million

January 11, 2017

Kandiyohi County broadband projects receive nearly $6 million
WILLMAR—Local leaders greeted the announcement of broadband grant funds Wednesday with enthusiasm, calling it good news for rural Kandiyohi County. Two projects in Kandiyohi County made the list of recipients of border-to-border technology infrastructure development grants, announced Wednesday by state officials. Consolidated Telecommunications Co. will receive $4.94 million to improve high-speed internet services in a rural neighborhood that includes the New London, Spicer and Willmar areas. The

Gauging the health of agriculture

November 22, 2016

Gauging the health of agriculture
WILLMAR—A survey that will gauge the current health and provide a glimpse of the future growth of agriculture in Kandiyohi County will be conducted this winter with the goal of finding solutions to issues that farmers identify as problems. Multiple teams of volunteers are being recruited to conduct face-to-face surveys with 65 active farmers who will be asked to respond to questions about their operations and what they see for their farms’ future. The survey may reveal “red flag”