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Patrick O’Rourke to be offered Kandiyohi County Economic Development position

WILLMAR – Patrick O’Rourke rose to the top of the executive director candidate list for Kandiyohi County Economic Development and will be offered the position. Four members of the Joint Powers Board for Kandiyohi County Economic Development, in a secret ballot, voted for O’Rourke as their top candidate; two members voted for him as the […]

Kandiyohi County / Willmar EDC offices to relocate this fall

WILLMAR – The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has found a new home, which is currently being renovated to suit its needs. Earlier this spring, both the EDC Joint Operations and Joint Powers boards approved moving forward with a 10-year lease agreement with Willmar Ten Investors to move the EDC office […]

Minnesota awards $500,000 grant to expand child care in Kandiyohi County

KANDIYOHI COUNTY — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced $6.2 million in new grants to expand child care across the state, including $500,000 for Kandiyohi County. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded 21 organizations with Child Care Economic Development grants — the state’s largest-ever round of funding for this program. […]

KCED reveals finalists for executive director position

WILLMAR — Four finalists have been named for the executive director position for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission — all of whom are local to Minnesota. The finalists chosen by the KCED Joint Powers Board are Paul Borgerding, Jolene Foss, Patrick O’Rourke and Brianna Sanders, according to a news release […]

Community Integration Center in Willmar, Minnesota, awarded $420,000 workforce grant

WILLMAR — Gov. Tim Walz recently announced more than $12 million in grants for job training, work readiness, internship and other employment development programs across the state, and the Community Integration Center in Willmar will receive funds. The Community Integration Center was awarded $420,000 through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The grant will […]

NexYst 360 brings ‘smart’ shipping for ag products to Willmar Rail Park

WILLMAR — NexYst 360 is the newest addition to the Willmar Industrial Park and the first tenant for the Willmar Rail Park. Its equipment and technology offer a farm-to-processing supply chain system for agricultural products. The Willmar Rail Park is a 144-acre rail park being developed by Midwest and Bluegrass Rail. It will have a rail loop that comes off the Willmar Wye, […]

Prinsburg Broadband Project

Sarah VanDyken is the City Administrator in Prinsburg, a city in southwest Kandiyohi County with about 500 people. Here you can find the Central Minnesota Community Christian School, the Farmers Co-Op, the headquarters of Prinsco, a water solutions company, and Duininck Inc., a third-generation construction company. In 2022 a life-changing event happened – fast, reliable […]

Interview with Fernando Cano

Interview with Fernando Cano – Fall 2023 Like many entrepreneurs in Kandiyohi County, Fernando Cano hasn’t waited for opportunity to come knocking; he found it. After graduating from Ridgewater College with a degree in accounting, he shifted from full-time work to earning his real estate license and joining community organizations. “I wanted to work for […]

Pen House Boba

As you walk into Pen House Boba in downtown Willmar, you are welcomed with a refreshingly green décor of flowers and ivy. They line every wall and are the backdrop for the smiling faces that greet you, that of owner Agg (Pen) Thaw and her brother, Eh K K’yaw Soe. The story of Pen and […]

Luxury Walls and Floors

Luxury Walls and Floors is a gem located in the tiny township of Roseland, population of 346, nestled between the cities of Prinsburg and Blomkest in southern Kandiyohi County. Rarely does new business appear in this small community, and even more unique is the skill and service this business provides. Owner, David Guerrero and his […]

Atwater Community Chronicles

Gathered around the table at the Atwater City Hall were Samantha Schultz, Dylan Rossell, Shane Hagstrom, Deb Mickle, Deb Friedrichs, Ricky Whitcomb, and Tiffany Hintz. Many in this group are part of the active Atwater Festival Committee (AFC), however, it also includes city council members, business owners, teachers, coaches…all who have a natural talent for […]

Hanson Silo Company

Hanson Silo has existed in Lake Lillian before there was even Lake Lillian – it helped build a town and a legacy simultaneously. But how did they accomplish this? “We took care of them {our employees}, giving them gainful employment and three daily squares. We treated them well,” explained 3rd generation owner and CEO Gregg […]

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