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Willmar, Olivia look to brighten up downtowns with the arts

November 27, 2018

Willmar, Olivia look to brighten up downtowns with the arts
WILLMAR—The cities of Olivia and Willmar hope the Artists on Main Street program will bring new excitement to their downtowns, which have seen significant changes and challenges in the last several years. “We will be able to use art as a problem solver. We can use art to confront some of those challenges downtown, the perception of downtown,” said Sarah Swedburg, Willmar city planner and the coordinator for the city’s newly re-established Minnesota Main Street program. Susie Lang,

Kandiyohi County to start phasing in online-only campsite reservations

November 24, 2018

Kandiyohi County to start phasing in online-only campsite reservations
WILLMAR—Kandiyohi County will deliver a strong nudge this coming year to get the public to make reservations online for campsites at its county parks. When reservations open Jan. 14 for the 2019 camping season, the first two weeks will be set aside for those who register and pay online. Phone reservations won’t open until Jan. 29. And the message to make reservations online and pay with a credit card will be repeated often throughout the season. It’s going to be the lead-up to 2020,

Local interest in growing and processing hemp: EDC committee will conduct feasibility study for market options

November 21, 2018

Local interest in growing and processing hemp: EDC committee will conduct feasibility study for market options
WILLMAR— With the potential for high per-acre profits there’s increasing interest in growing industrial hemp on west central Minnesota farms. But with limited processing options available, an untested market chain and federal law that still classifies industrial hemp as a controlled substance, there are a few roadblocks yet to overcome. That’s why a feasibility study that could detail the financial risks and gains of growing, processing and marketing industrial hemp is expected to be

Willmar sells land for package sorting, distribution facility

November 20, 2018

Willmar sells land for package sorting, distribution facility
WILLMAR — A purchase agreement for 14.46 acres of land in the Willmar Industrial Park has been signed between the city of Willmar and JDC Property Group LLC. JDC is purchasing the land and constructing a package sorting and distribution facility for logistics company that so far has not been named publicly. The sale price for the land was $650,000. The site is located between Trott Avenue and Willmar Avenue Southwest on the west side of Kandiyohi County Road 5. “This is a nice project,

Ridgewater ranked top public auto mechanics program

November 20, 2018

Ridgewater ranked top public auto mechanics program
WILLMAR, MN — Ridgewater College has been ranked the top public college for students pursuing an auto mechanic certificate. The Washington Monthly magazine recently ranked nearly 100 public and private community colleges.   Washington Monthly has rated universities and four- and two-year colleges in the past. However, this is the first time it has ranked schools offering non-degree certificates and diplomas, according to a release from the college. Students in Ridgewater’s Automotive

Ridgewater brings $170 million to area’s economy, study says

November 20, 2018

Ridgewater brings $170 million to area’s economy, study says
WILLMAR — Ridgewater College contributes more than $170 million to the region’s economy, according to a study by the Minnesota State system of public colleges and universities. The study indicates the college also contributes 1,456 jobs to the area, according to a news release from Ridgewater. “At Ridgewater College, our top priority is the success of our students and alumni, but our college also plays a vital role in both the state and regional economies,” Craig Johnson,

NLS seeks funds for new school arts endowment, announces $100K matching grant

November 16, 2018

NLS seeks funds for new school arts endowment, announces $100K matching grant
NEW LONDON—The inaugural theater performance Thursday night in the New London-Spicer School District’s Performing Arts Center concluded with a standing ovation for the cast and crew of “The Wizard of Oz”—and news that a new arts endowment fund was being launched to help student arts programming well into the future. The fund is getting a big boost with a gift of up to $100,000 from the Pierce Family Foundation. Depending on the community response between now and May, the NLS

Willmar sells land for package sorting, distribution facility

November 15, 2018

Willmar sells land for package sorting, distribution facility
WILLMAR—A purchase agreement for 14.46 acres of land in the Willmar Industrial Park has been signed between the city of Willmar and JDC Property Group LLC. JDC is purchasing the land and constructing a package sorting and distribution facility for logistics company that so far has not been named publicly. The sale price for the land was $650,000. The site is located between Trott Avenue and Willmar Avenue Southwest on the west side of Kandiyohi County Road 5. “This is a nice project, we are

Ridgewater brings $170 million to area’s economy, study says

November 14, 2018

Ridgewater brings $170 million to area’s economy, study says
WILLMAR—Ridgewater College contributes more than $170 million to the region’s economy, according to a study by the Minnesota State system of public colleges and universities. The study indicates the college also contributes 1,456 jobs to the area, according to a news release from Ridgewater. “At Ridgewater College, our top priority is the success of our students and alumni, but our college also plays a vital role in both the state and regional economies,” Craig Johnson, president

Rezoning in Willmar Industrial Park could bring increased day care spots

November 12, 2018

Rezoning in Willmar Industrial Park could bring increased day care spots
WILLMAR — The Willmar Planning Commission and Willmar City Council have paved the way for a possible commercial day care center to open in the Willmar Industrial Park. “This has really developed into an issue. Daycare, which is the proposed use of the Peart property, has really grown in interest in this community. Everybody knows there is a large gap in our ability to provide for day care services,” said Willmar Planning and Development Services Director Bruce Peterson, at