Willmar

Farm Service Elevator predicts new feed system could improve turkey growth at reduced cost

March 7, 2020

Farm Service Elevator predicts new feed system could improve turkey growth at reduced cost
WILLMAR–A new system for blending and loading poultry feed that was implemented late last year at the Farm Service Elevator in Willmar has already reduced time and increased nutrition options. Research is now underway to determine if the projected growth and rate of gain for commercial turkey flocks is realized. If it is, it could be a game-changer for the Willmar Poultry Company–which raises commercial turkeys and owns and operates the Farm Service Elevator–and other poultry farms which purchase

Interest grows in Willmar Renaissance Zone

February 27, 2020

Interest grows in Willmar Renaissance Zone
WILLMAR—Even though the Willmar Renaissance Zone is still in the planning and vetting process, word has already begun to spread amongst interested parties and developers. “We’ve had a lot of great feedback and a lot of great interest in the zone,” Willmar Planning and Community Development Director Dave Ramstad recently told members of the Willmar Planning Commission. The proposed zone would provide a host of economic development incentives to draw developers to the area and perhaps

Kandiyohi County is the star of a new video produced by EDC

February 25, 2020

Kandiyohi County is the star of a new video produced by EDC
WILLMAR—If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a four-minute video should say quite a lot. That is what the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is hoping as it releases a new video that focuses on the quality of life within the county. “We wanted something fun,” said Connie Schmoll, EDC business development manager, “that states Minnesota is a great place to live and Kandiyohi County is a great place in Minnesota.” The completed video—and

Updates to Robbins Island’s Destination Playground to create an even better place to play

February 7, 2020

Updates to Robbins Island’s Destination Playground to create an even better place to play
WILLMAR—The Robbins Island Destination Playground in Willmar has more than lived up to the expectations of the committee that helped make it a reality. During the summer months it’s not uncommon to see the parking lot full of not only cars but buses, as families, daycares and summer programs all come to enjoy the nearly 20,000-square-foot, fully accessible playground. “I am always looking to see how busy the park is,” said Dave Baker, state representative and member of the Willmar

Construction on Willmar Middle School addition could begin this summer; open in fall 2021

February 6, 2020

Construction on Willmar Middle School addition could begin this summer; open in fall 2021
WILLMAR—If all moves along smoothly, an addition to Willmar Middle School could open as soon as Sept. 1, 2021. The planned addition would have a larger gym and a small alternative learning center for the school district and a wing for special needs students served by the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative. Willmar School Board approved the framework of a lease agreement with the cooperative this week. The Board approved the document unanimously. Superintendent Jeff Holm said the document

City planning for a revival of downtown Willmar with a proposed Renaissance Zone

January 15, 2020

City planning for a revival of downtown Willmar with a proposed Renaissance Zone
WILLMAR—While it is not exactly the dark ages in downtown Willmar, home to many successful businesses and low vacancy rates, there is also plenty of opportunity for development, whether it is upgrading an older building or constructing a project from the ground up. The area is already part of Willmar’s only Opportunity Zone, which provides capital gains tax breaks for those who invest in eligible projects. In an effort to bring even more development to the area and open it up to a larger

Willmar couple’s bottle-cap invention is a completely Minnesota product

December 31, 2019

Willmar couple’s bottle-cap invention is a completely Minnesota product
WILLMAR — The spark of inspiration can happen at any time and be caused by the smallest of things. For Steve Vossen and Julie Vossen-Henslin of Willmar, it was the two inches of shampoo left in the bottle after the pump stopped working. “I used to cut the bottle off,” Vossen said. At first, trying to solve the problem was just an idea, nothing concrete. Then the husband and wife team started thinking about it a bit more seriously. “It continued to bother us,” Vossen-Henslin

Woodland Centers crisis and detox facilities receive long-awaited upgrade

December 3, 2019

Woodland Centers crisis and detox facilities receive long-awaited upgrade
WILLMAR—A long awaited renovation is nearing completion at the crisis center and detox facilities at Woodland Centers. The changes are bringing several improvements that will increase safety and accessibility for the clients who stay there. The entire facility also is getting a facelift to make it brighter and more welcoming. “I think it’s going to be a better atmosphere for our clients,” said Dr. Ashley Kjos, Woodland Centers executive director. “We want people to feel

Resignation of James Miller means leadership transition for United Way of West Central Minnesota

November 20, 2019

Resignation of James Miller means leadership transition for United Way of West Central Minnesota
WILLMAR—There will be a change in leadership at the United Way of West Central Minnesota. It was announced Wednesday that James Miller, who has been executive director of the five-county United Way chapter for six years, has resigned. His last day at the agency is Dec. 31. In a news release, Brad Hanson, president of the board of directors for the United Way of West Central Minnesota, said Miller has “played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will

Marcus Construction to manage three Willmar projects funded by new sales tax

November 19, 2019

Marcus Construction to manage three Willmar projects funded by new sales tax
WILLMAR—Three local option sales tax projects now have a leader. Marcus Construction was hired by the Willmar City Council to act as the construction manager at risk for the new recreation fields and event center near the Willmar Civic Center and for improvements at the Swansson Field Recreational Complex. “We are honored and really excited to get to work on these very important projects,” said Jim Bach of Marcus Construction at the Nov. 4 City Council meeting. The fee for Marcus Construction’s