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New city hall a question of priority; 4 possible sites being considered

June 13, 2018

New city hall a question of priority; 4 possible sites being considered
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council continued to discuss a new city hall during the work session on Monday, though there was no consensus on how or when the project will move forward. However, the discussion will be picked up again during next Monday’s meeting, when the council will decide whether to hold a town hall on the issue later this month. “We need to make sure we do this right,” Councilor Audrey Nelsen said. There were multiple opinions about the project, from how fast

Council supports new workforce housing project in Willmar

June 5, 2018

Council supports new workforce housing project in Willmar
WILLMAR—A resolution of support from the Willmar City Council will be added to the tax credit application being submitted to the state by the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. The group hopes to construct a 72-unit multi-family housing project on the north side of Willmar, near the MinnWest Technology Campus. The council passed the resolution at Monday’s council meeting, after hearing a presentation on the project during the work session. The resolution passed 5 to 1, with Councilor

No fisherman’s tale: Highway 23 bond funding approved

June 4, 2018

No fisherman’s tale: Highway 23 bond funding approved
WILLMAR — Anglers are often accused of stretching the truth, but these guys proved to be straight shooters: When Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bonding bill Wednesday, he held true to a promise made in a fishing boat to approve an earmark for the state Highway 23 project.   The bonding bill includes $105 million to complete the seven- and nine-mile “gaps” in the four-lane between New London and Paynesville and between Paynesville and Richmond, making the entire Highway 23 route

MnDOT awards three additional Corridors of Commerce projects

June 4, 2018

MnDOT awards three additional Corridors of Commerce projects
Funding for the latest round of transportation projects included in public works bill signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced three additional Corridors of Commerce projects, valued at over $400 million. The projects were funded by Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature in this year’s public works bill.  “These urgently needed highway improvements are essential for the safety of our people and the betterment

Governor signs bonding bill…Highway 23 Project funded

May 31, 2018

Governor signs bonding bill…Highway 23 Project funded
(Willmar MN-) Members of The Highway 23 Coalition are celebrating now that Governor Dayton has signed The Bonding Bill with $105 million dollars included to fund the completion of the four-lane gaps between New London and Paynesville, and Paynesville and Richmond. Things looked glum for the project after it was shunned by MnDot in the Corridors of Commerce program, but it was resurrected when fishing guide Kelly Morrell asked Governor Dayton and legislative leaders to fund Highway 23 during The Governor’s

Lone Tree Board & Paddle – Spicer, MN

May 29, 2018

Lone Tree Board & Paddle – Spicer, MN
With colors of the blue and sandy beige, the sea like look and feel inside the soon-to-be-open, Lone Tree Board & Paddle will be providing new opportunities for things to do on the Spicer area lakes this summer.  Ben and Holly Danielson, owners, have rented paddle board and kayaks for over a year out of their home. Now with a storefront and additional items for sale, this new retail center will be ready for expanded business to residents and summer visitors to the area.  They can be found

On the Road Again. . . Highway 23 Funding

May 29, 2018

On the Road Again. . . Highway 23 Funding
Over the past year, the Highway 23 Coalition has become more organized.  It has adopted Bylaws, elected a Board of Directors, and now boasts 89 members, including 63 businesses and 11 cities, that want improvements to this critical Photo credit: Erica Dischino / Tribune corridor.  In January the Coalition submitted applications to the State of Minnesota for Corridors of Commerce funding for both four-lane gaps between Willmar and Interstate 94. Unfortunately, four highway projects in the Twin Cities

Midtown Plaza Opens for Business in Downtown Willmar

May 29, 2018

Midtown Plaza Opens for Business in Downtown Willmar
Over the past year and a half a new business center in Willmar, Midtown Plaza, has come into reality.  The owners, Zack Mahboub and Sahra Gure, previously had acquired the former Erickson Building in downtown Willmar as a location for their business, West Central Interpreting.  They decided that it would make a great location for a diverse business center, catering to the communities of new immigrant businesses. Funding for renovating the first floor of the building came together in the Spring

2018 EDC Goals Adopted

May 29, 2018

2018 EDC Goals Adopted
On March 29, 2018, the EDC held its annual planning retreat at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer.  The 19 attendees included board members, committee chairs, EDC staff, and Bruce Miles, the facilitator from Big River Group.  Among the goals of this year’s planning session was it review successes and issues, identify near-term and long-term priorities, and benchmark new priorities.  Participants revised the organization’s Vision Statement to the following: To provide

Urban Escape Re-Opened – Spicer, MN

May 22, 2018

Urban Escape Re-Opened – Spicer, MN
Eryn Hannig has re-opened Urban Escape with expanded room and added product.  The facility which she purchased after Marketing Concepts relocated, features 3,000 square feet of sales space on the main floor, a significant increase from the 900 square foot space she had at her former location. She is still just off of the shores of beautiful Green Lake and next to the new Hampton Inn which will provide some new walking traffic to the store.   The upscale boutique features clothing, jewelry, shoes,