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Willmar Poultry Group celebrates 75 years

September 5, 2020

Willmar Poultry Group celebrates 75 years
WILLMAR—Willmar Poultry Group is celebrating 75 years in business, according to a news release from the company. Originally started as the Willmar Poultry & Egg Company by Albert Huisinga, Herman Nelson and Albin Norling on July 25, 1945, with the purchase of an old livestock pavilion, the business, most well-known as Willmar Poultry Company, has grown from one local company with three employees to a group of eight affiliated companies with 1,600 employees spanning multiple states and countries. Read

Willmar Wye Highway 12 bridge work moving forward

August 28, 2020

Willmar Wye Highway 12 bridge work moving forward
WILLMAR—Thanks to perfect weather last week, the concrete pour for the deck of the new Highway 12 bridge in Willmar was completed last week, according to the weekly Willmar Wye construction update from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Progress also continues on the Minnesota Highway 40 bridge, with pier construction concluding. Next up will be construction of the Highway 40 bridge abutments. Read the full article at the West Central Tribune.

New Head Start program facility opens in Willmar

August 28, 2020

New Head Start program facility opens in Willmar
WILLMAR—Willmar’s Bright Light Head Start program opened its doors Wednesday at its new facility located along Highway 71 thanks to the efforts of United Community Action Partnership and the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative. The organizations worked together to create a larger and much needed space for Head Start, which is an early childhood education program. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held along with tours of the new building. The space, which underwent many renovations to turn it into an

Willmar company could be game-changer in digital manufacturing

August 19, 2020

Willmar company could be game-changer in digital manufacturing
WILLMAR—Grabbing onto business opportunities that blend innovative engineering skills and rapidly advancing 3D printing technology, three brothers are expanding their role in digital manufacturing that could be a game-changer for all manufacturers—and a benefit to consumers. During a media tour Tuesday that included a live, virtual broadcast, Carl, Brian and Sean Douglass talked about their expanding business, DI Labs, at their new location in Willmar. DI Labs was started in 2013 in Spicer. As

Willmar OKs $1 million in federal funds for local pandemic relief program

August 17, 2020

Willmar OKs $1 million in federal funds for local pandemic relief program
WILLMAR — The CARES Pandemic Relief Program, managed by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, will receive a needed influx of cash. The Willmar City Council at its meeting Monday approved transferring $1 million to the EDC for the program, which provides grants to eligible and approved small businesses and nonprofits in the county which have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I do believe the EDC is best at distributing these funds across

Willmar could be sending $1 million to EDC for CPR

August 17, 2020

Willmar could be sending $1 million to EDC for CPR
WILLMAR—In the first week of the CARES Pandemic Relief grant program, managed by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission and funded with money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, 47 businesses and nonprofits applied for assistance. Forty-four of those applicants were deemed eligible for help, totaling approximately $320,000 in grant requests. “We are receiving about six applications a day right now,” said Aaron Backman, EDC executive

New home of Ziegler CAT opens in Willmar

August 1, 2020

New home of Ziegler CAT opens in Willmar
WILLMAR—They say third time’s the charm and the new Ziegler CAT facility in Willmar definitely looks like a success. “It is the biggest showroom Ziegler has,” said Dave Ose, branch manager. Willmar is one of 27 Ziegler locations across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri. The nearly 60,000-square-foot showroom and shop, located at 4600 Highway 71 S., is actually the power equipment dealer’s third store to be in Willmar. Ziegler first arrived in town in 2015 and set up

Ziegler CAT opens new facility in Willmar

July 25, 2020

Ziegler CAT opens new facility in Willmar
WILLMAR—Ziegler CAT opened its new facility in Willmar on July 20, according to a Ziegler CAT news release. Located at 4600 Highway 71 S., the two-story facility features a retail showroom, a 25,000-square-foot shop, warehouses, offices, and a 7,800-square-foot cold-storage building. The shops include two bridge cranes, lube systems, a hose bench, and a wash bay. An on-site Cat solar array will provide clean, cost-effective, renewable electricity to the new facility. Read more at West Central Tribune

Uptown Willmar hopes to convey a positive vibe at what used to be Kandi Mall

July 25, 2020

Uptown Willmar hopes to convey a positive vibe at what used to be Kandi Mall
WILLMAR — The days of the Kandi Mall are over but it is just the beginning for Uptown Willmar. According to Andy Weiner, president of RockStep Capital who have owned the Willmar shopping hub on South First Street since 2015, the new name is an illustration of the transition the Kandi Mall and others like it are undergoing in the ever-changing retail landscape. The mall first opened in 1973. Read more at West Central Tribune

New Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services hospital opens in Willmar

June 24, 2020

New Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services hospital opens in Willmar
WILLMAR—Staff and patients are settling into the new children’s psychiatric hospital that opened earlier this month in Willmar. The Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services hospital is the only state-owned and -operated facility of its type in Minnesota. The hospital is designed for Minnesota children 4 to 18 years of age who have complex mental illness and behavioral disorders that are so severe the children cannot be treated in their home communities. Construction of the $10 million,