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Major Developments/Distribution center, housing projects possible in Willmar

April 10, 2021

Major Developments/Distribution center, housing projects possible in Willmar
WILLMAR—While specifics were slim, Aaron Backman, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission executive director, gave some intriguing hints Thursday about possible major economic development projects that could be headed to Willmar. The biggest is a large distribution center project for an undisclosed end user. Back in 2018-2019, a logistics company came close to building a project in Willmar, but it was canceled in early 2019. “This one is bigger and better,”

Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission hires Willmar city planner for business development post

April 9, 2021

WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has found its next business development manager and didn’t have to look far to find her. Current Willmar City Planner Sarah Swedburg has accepted the position and plans to start around May 6. She is replacing Connie Schmoll, who is retiring at the end of May. Schmoll has worked for the EDC for just over seven years. Lately she has been focusing on expanding broadband through the county, business development

Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission hints at major developments that could be on the way to Willmar

April 9, 2021

Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission hints at major developments that could be on the way to Willmar
WILLMAR—While specifics were slim, Aaron Backman, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission executive director, gave some intriguing hints Thursday about possible major economic development projects that could be headed to Willmar. The biggest is a large distribution center project for an undisclosed end user. Back in 2018-2019, a logistics company came close to building a project in Willmar, but it was canceled in early 2019. “This one is bigger and better,”

County gets up to speed on broadband

April 7, 2021

County gets up to speed on broadband
WILLMAR—Expanding high-speed broadband to all corners of Kandiyohi County has been a dream and challenge for many for more than two decades. “This is an ongoing issue. It is a task we are constantly struggling to fix,” said Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl, during a work session of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The meeting Tuesday was specifically about broadband issues in the county. With the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus

Mill Pond Mercantile building in New London gets new owner, new purpose and new name

April 2, 2021

Mill Pond Mercantile building in New London gets new owner, new purpose and new name
NEW LONDON—The Mill Pond Mercantile building in downtown New London has new owners. The Goose Group, which currently owns three businesses in Perham, will be opening Lucky Duck in New London. Featuring a unique line of toys, games, puzzles and old-fashioned treats, the retail store is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-May. “Our goal is to make people happy,” said Doug Huebsch, owner and CEO. “We want everyone to leave the store with a big smile on their face.” Laura Bjerke, vice president

Willmar Housing

March 22, 2021

Willmar Housing
WILLMAR — If one is looking for a home to buy or an apartment to rent around Willmar, they might have some difficulty. Housing availability continues to be an issue in and around the Willmar area. According to the Minnesota Realtors Association, there were only 97 homes for sale in February in the southwest central region, which includes Kandiyohi, Renville, Meeker and McLeod counties, only 1.1 months of supply and a 60 percent drop from the same period one year ago. “It has gotten really

Latest round of COVID-19 financial relief for businesses helps 66 Kandiyohi County establishments

March 15, 2021

Latest round of COVID-19 financial relief for businesses helps 66 Kandiyohi County establishments
WILLMAR — In Kandiyohi County, the Minnesota Pandemic Relief grant program has successfully assisted 66 county businesses by distributing $843,754 in state-provided funds. The county, along with the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, reviewed dozens of the applicants over the past several weeks, trying to help as many businesses as it could with the money provided. “This was not taken lightly. We worked very hard to try to make it fair,” said Larry

Kandiyohi County to offer funds to townships expanding broadband reach

February 17, 2021

Kandiyohi County to offer funds to townships expanding broadband reach
WILLMAR — Any township in Kandiyohi County that decides to bring high-speed fiber broadband to its residents, or expand a system already in place, is eligible to receive $25,000 from the county to assist with the project. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, at its meeting Tuesday, approved a resolution approving the $25,000 investment for each township that is part of a broadband deployment project. If every township took the county up on its offer, it would cost $600,000. The board’s

County distributes $314,000, more than half of business relief

February 6, 2021

County distributes $314,000, more than half of business relief
On Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the disbursal of $314,000 in the second round of Minnesota Pandemic Relief (MPR) grants to local establishments reeling from the last round of COVID-19 related shutdowns. “The applications are still coming in,” said Jean Spaulding, who is overseeing the MPR grant disbursement. MPR program is a joint effort between the county and the Kandiyohi County and city of Wilmer Economic Development Commission (EDC) to funnel the
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