The Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota is developing 16 new crops to keep landscapes covered, and water cleaner. Don Wyse’s field of winter barley used to be mostly empty in the spring. Eight years ago, just a tenth of the grain would survive the winter in this experimental field in St. Paul. But this year, after repeatedly refining the plant’s genetics, the field was flush with swaying, pale yellow grain heads. Read the full story at the StarTribune
At Tuesday’s Kandiyohi County Board meeting, the commissioners approved submitting three letters of support toward three broadband projects hoping to be awarded state Border-to-Border grant funds. An update on projects was also given at the meeting. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune
WILLMAR — Progress is being made to make it feasible for a large business to move into Willmar’s industrial park — a project estimated at more than $40 million. The Willmar City Council on Monday adopted a resolution supporting the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission in moving forward with a Transportation and Economic Development grant application. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune
The Minnesota Department of Transportation held a public meeting Monday night at Peace Lutheran Church in New London to discuss the Hwy. 23 south gap road improvement project. Read the full story above from the Lakes Area Review.
WILLMAR — Willmar’s downtown streetscape plan is coming together with a new design that will meet the requirements of the Small Cities grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is applying for a grant extension to allow the city time to complete the project, due to the grant’s expiration in September 2022, according to Willmar Planning and Development Director Justice Walker. Read the details at the West
WILLMAR — It was a special night. Nine local business owners celebrated their graduation from Elevate Community Business Academy on June 28, according to a news release from the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. Read the full story from the West Central Tribune
The national soft goods retail store TJ Maxx will be occupying the vacant OfficeMax building, located at 1901 S. First St. in Willmar. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune
Here at the EDC we think this is a great example of compromise and thoughtfulness in the Highway 23 project! Read the full story from the West Central Tribune
After much anticipation, the new Subway built on First Street South could be open by Friday in Willmar; Papa Murphy’s recently opened in its new location. WILLMAR — If all goes well, the new Subway on First Street South will be open on Friday. The new Subway at 605 First St. S. has been under construction for months, and it seemed like nothing was taking place for some of that time. However, the parking lot was paved this week, and new signage was installed as well.