First Street Willmar

Honoring the legacy of Bill Graves: Centerpiece wall of unique Domino’s store in Willmar tells his story

November 9, 2018

Honoring the legacy of Bill Graves: Centerpiece wall of unique Domino’s store in Willmar tells his story
WILLMAR — Before his death in a plane crash on Feb. 4, 2015, William “Bill” Graves had recently celebrated the opening of his 100th Domino’s franchise. It was an amazing accomplishment from someone who first started as a Domino’s driver before opening his very first franchise in 1985. That first store was located in Apple Tree Square in east Willmar. On Monday, Bill Graves’ family and friends, along with dozens of community leaders, business owners and fellow Domino’s

Redevelopment reigns on Willmar’s First Street amid flurry of commercial construction

September 18, 2018

Redevelopment reigns on Willmar’s First Street amid flurry of commercial construction
WILLMAR — It has been a good couple of years for new development in Willmar. From 2016 through 2017, there was approximately $103 million worth of new residential, institutional and commercial construction projects approved by the city. “It is a good number, especially compared to five or six years ago when it was $30 million,” said Aaron Backman, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. First Street South saw nearly one-fifth