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Jennie-O donates 8,800 N95 masks to Carris Health

April 16, 2020

Jennie-O donates 8,800 N95 masks to Carris Health
WILLMAR — Jennie-O Turkey Store has donated 8,800 N95 masks to Carris Health to help address the shortage of masks for front-line health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release from Carris Health. “We are honored to be able to provide a substantial number of respirator masks to our friends at Carris Health,” said Steve Lykken, president of Jennie-O Turkey Store. “The roles of health care workers and food industry team members are critical in keeping our communities

COVID-19 Business Assistance Loan Program

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Business Assistance Loan Program
 The Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) is pleased to announce a new finance program to provide emergency assistance loans.  The COVID-19 Business Assistance Loan (COBAL) Program is for businesses located in Kandiyohi County that have been forced to close or significantly reduce their operations due to the executive orders issued by Governor Walz.  The EDC Board unanimously voted to create this short-term funding.    This program does not preclude businesses from

Recently Released Willmar Opportunity Zone Prospectus Promotes Local Investment Potential

January 23, 2020

Recently Released Willmar Opportunity Zone Prospectus Promotes Local Investment Potential
Today, Aaron Backman, Executive Director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, announced the release of the Willmar Opportunity Zone Prospectus. The prospectus highlights the designated census tract in Willmar to potential opportunity zone investors and developers. Opportunity Zones are low-income census tracks designated by governors and certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury offering investors a tax-free investment vehicle that creates additional

Advocating for Broadband in Kandiyohi County

December 19, 2019

Advocating for Broadband in Kandiyohi County
A contract with Compass Consultants Inc. for an engineering study will determine fiber broadband feasibility in rural Kandiyohi County townships, including Dovre, Mamre and St. Johns townships. Pending the study outcomes and a positive response from the township constituents, we will submit a Border-to-Border application to the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development (OBD) by August 2020. Border-to-border high-speed internet access is the goal throughout Minnesota. The OBD helps Minnesotans understand

Willmar Wye is starting to take shape

October 8, 2019

Willmar Wye is starting to take shape
The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a project update this week on the construction of the Willmar Wye Rail Connector and Industrial Park Access Project. The project to create a railroad bypass west of Willmar includes the realignment of U.S. Highway 12, reconstruction of state Highway 40, and new bridges that will carry motor vehicle traffic over the top of the rail line to be constructed in 2021-22. Dirt work started in July, including the grading of a portion of the new U.S. Highway

Willmar’s 15th Street Flats soon to be home for dozens of families

August 21, 2019

Willmar’s 15th Street Flats soon to be home for dozens of families
WILLMAR — On Sept. 1, as a construction crew led by Project One Construction moves out, dozens of families will start the process of moving into their new homes in 15th Street Flats, the first multi-family housing project to be completed in Willmar in several years. Construction on the building, located at 1601 15th St. S.E., began in September 2018 and the Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority in May started accepting applications for the available units. There are 47 units in

Willmar Wye a few golden shovels closer to completion

July 10, 2019

Willmar Wye a few golden shovels closer to completion
WILLMAR — At the end of the old Willmar Municipal Airport runway Tuesday afternoon, golden shovels manned by federal, state and local dignitaries dug out the first few piles of dirt in the Willmar Wye railroad project. “It has been a long journey for many of us and we have accomplished a lot of things with it already,” said Jon Huseby, Minnesota Department of Transportation district engineer for District 8, based in Willmar. The Willmar Rail Connector and Industrial Access Project,

New York Time Article – President Trump, Come to Willmar

May 21, 2019

New York Time Article – President Trump, Come to Willmar
Thomas L. Friedman recently wrote an article about the Willmar Lakes area. The article was published in the New York Times and features interviews from various Willmar Lakes area citizens.  Read the full article below or on the New York Times website.   President Trump, Come to Willmar This Minnesota town is a modern, successful American melting pot. By Thomas L. Friedman Published May 14, 2019  WILLMAR, Minn. — In 1949 my aunt and uncle moved from Minneapolis to this town in west-central

Willmar Wye road contractor selected

September 27, 2018

Willmar Wye road contractor selected
WILLMAR — Out of three contractor finalists for the road portion of the Willmar Rail Connector and Industrial Access Project, also known as the Willmar Wye, The Hoffman Team was selected as the best value proposal, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 8. The decision was made following the bid opening on Wednesday. The Hoffman Team is made up of Hoffman Construction Company, Lunda Construction Company and Bolton & Menk Inc. The group will both

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
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