Willmar City Council to consider approval of sale of park land for senior housing

February 17, 2024

Willmar City Council to consider approval of sale of park land for senior housing
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 20, will consider the approval of a purchase agreement with Cura for the sale of park land for a senior housing development. The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services. The Council will also consider the introduction of an ordinance authorizing the land sale and set a public hearing for the ordinance to take place at its Monday, March 18 Council meeting. The proposed location of the

Coalition of Greater MN Cities holds fall conference in Willmar

November 28, 2023

Coalition of Greater MN Cities holds fall conference in Willmar
WILLMAR—City officials and business leaders from Greater Minnesota communities gathered November 16-17 at Willmar Conference Center for its annual fall conference. The conference kicked off with welcome remarks from St. Joseph Mayor and CGMC President Rick Schultz, Willmar Mayor Doug Reese, and CGMC Executive Director Bradley Peterson, followed by a lunch presentation from Department of Revenue Commissioner Paul Marquart. Commissioner Marquart led an engaging discussion on the recent LGA increase

Willmar Municipal Utilities investing in generation and transmission

November 28, 2023

Willmar Municipal Utilities investing in generation and transmission
WILLMAR—The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Nov. 13 approved continuing a $760,000 agreement with DGR Engineering to create additional generation capacity in Willmar with the installation of four more diesel generators and also took action to invest in additional transmission projects. The separate actions were each recommended by the Municipal Utilities’ planning committee. Generation According to the minutes from the Oct. 30 planning committee meeting, the Municipal Utilities

Willmar Burger King now owned by man who grew up in community

November 28, 2023

Willmar Burger King now owned by man who grew up in community
WILLMAR—A man who grew up in Willmar has acquired three Burger King restaurants, including Willmar’s Burger King on First Street South. Mike Knoop, the owner and operator of Crown King Properties LLC, previously worked at a Willmar location in 1992 as an assistant manager, according to a news release announcing his acquisition of BK restaurants in Willmar and Hutchinson, as well as Hillsboro, North Dakota. Knoop has operated five restaurants in his time as a franchise owner beginning in

Housing trust fund to be created in Kandiyohi County

April 18, 2023

Housing trust fund to be created in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR—Housing has long been a priority for the Kandiyohi County Board and at the April 4 meeting the commissioners took a step toward helping to respond to that need. In a unanimous vote the board approved the ordinance forming a housing trust fund, which can be used to help fund local housing projects. “The board is wanting to get some movement in this direction,” said Commissioner Corky Berg. “I think it is a start, but it is a great start.” The process to create

ACGC senior Hunter Dahline continues to expand his chicken hatchery business

April 3, 2023

ACGC senior Hunter Dahline continues to expand his chicken hatchery business
ATWATER—As the tape seal was peeled off the door of the egg incubator, the soft “cheep, cheeps” from dozens, if not hundreds, of newly-hatched chicks started to rise in volume, indicating another successful hatching at Dahline Poultry. These chicks would soon find themselves being shipped across the country, following thousands before them. “Right now we are shipping anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 a week,” said Hunter Dahline, the 18-year-old owner and founder of Dahline

Halal-certified goat processing facility coming to Willmar

April 3, 2023

Halal-certified goat processing facility coming to Willmar
WILLMAR—With one success under their belt, it might not be a total surprise that the owners of the first USDA-inspected mobile poultry processing facility in the country would also be behind the first halal-certified goat and sheep slaughter facility in the state of Minnesota. “The closest halal plant is Chicago,” said Greg Wierschke, and there is a growing unmet need in and around Minnesota for a slaughter facility that can process goat Greg and Becky Wierschke, founders and owners

Willmar mayor gives state of the city address

February 25, 2023

Willmar mayor gives state of the city address
WILLMAR—During the state of the city address at Tuesday’s Willmar City Council meeting, Mayor Doug Reese touted the recent accomplishments of the city under former Mayor Marv Calvin, the City Council and city staff. He also set his agenda for the upcoming year. “Tonight’s a night to reflect on our progress and look forward to the future of Willmar,” Reese said. “And, first of all I would like to thank the citizens of Willmar for their overwhelming support in the election. I count it

City of Willmar awarded $200,000 Safe Streets and Roads for All grant

February 7, 2023

City of Willmar awarded $200,000 Safe Streets and Roads for All grant
WILLMAR — The U.S. Department of Transportation on Feb. 1 announced the city of Willmar was awarded a $200,000 grant through Safe Streets and Roads for All , which will allow the city to complete a citywide Safety Action Plan to address safety, accessibility and equity concerns throughout the city’s transportation system. Willmar received one of 12 grants awarded to communities in Minnesota, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation. There were 510 grant awards

Kandiyohi County planning to extend broadband to three more townships

February 7, 2023

Kandiyohi County planning to extend broadband to three more townships
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County is seeking grants to extend broadband service to three more townships. The County Board voted Tuesday morning to use nearly $400,000 of federal funds held by the county and to seek other funding to provide high-speed broadband to addresses in Lake Elizabeth, East Lake Lillian and Harrison townships. Mark Boeschen, broadband chair for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, described the two projects. Funding would come from the county’s
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