Willmar

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,

JCPenney in Willmar’s Kandi Mall to close amid company bankruptcy

June 4, 2020

JCPenney in Willmar’s Kandi Mall to close amid company bankruptcy
WILLMAR—The JCPenney store in the Kandi Mall in Willmar is one of 154 stores the company is closing, it was announced Thursday. The company filed for bankruptcy last month. J.C. Penney Company Inc. announced Thursday the first step in its “store optimization strategy,” and identified the first phase of 154 store closures, including Willmar’s. Other Midwest closings include Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie and Maple Grove in Minnesota, Brookings, South Dakota, and Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. No

Buhler to halt Farm King manufacturing at Fargo

May 11, 2020

Buhler to halt Farm King manufacturing at Fargo
Work to move to company’s Minnesota plant Farm equipment maker Buhler Industries plans to gather its U.S. manufacturing work into one plant in Minnesota this summer and halt operations at nearby Fargo, N.D. The Winnipeg company, whose product lines include Versatile tractors and sprayers and Farm King application, tillage and hay equipment, said Monday it’s “optimizing” its U.S. production to boost efficiency and cut overhead costs at its factory at Willmar, Minn., about 140 km west of

Willmar Wye construction to restart next week

April 20, 2020

Willmar Wye construction to restart next week
WILLMAR—As warmer weather returns, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Hoffmann Group, contractor for the project, are getting ready to restart work on the Willmar Wye railroad bypass project on the west side of Willmar. According to a project update from MnDOT, crews will begin construction next week on the new U.S. Highway 12 bridge, which will go over the rail line to be constructed by BNSF Railway. Also next week, grading will be prepared for sidewalk and median concrete at the

Construction Underway at third Willmar Kwik Trip Site

April 2, 2020

Construction Underway at third Willmar Kwik Trip Site
WILLMAR—Construction has begun on Willmar’s third Kwik Trip store, this one located in downtown. The building permit with the city of Willmar says the project is worth $2 million. Aaron Backman, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commissioner, said in an email to the West Central Tribune that construction is estimated to be completed by September. Kwik Trip had always planned on building three stores in Willmar, but delayed building the downtown

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