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Downtown Willmar streetscape project to be redesigned to meet grant fund parameters

WILLMAR—The streetscape project being proposed for the intersection of Litchfield Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest in downtown Willmar has hit a rather large snag. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, which administers the Small Cities grant program from which most of the funding is coming, has raised serious concerns about the plan and […]

Willmar School Board adopts tax levy and passes, for now, on proposal to develop turf field near Willmar Civic Center

WILLMAR—The property tax levy that funds Willmar Public Schools will decrease 1% in the next year. The Willmar School Board voted at its meeting Monday to adopt the levy, following its Truth-in-Taxation public hearing. The board also heard a presentation about possibly developing a full football stadium at the new turf football field between the […]

MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar requesting tax abatement for three additional buildings to be renovated

WILLMAR—Fifteen years after it was first established, the MinnWest Technology Campus continues to be transformed into one of Kandiyohi County’s economic development stars. Currently, it is home to 27 different companies offering employment to 693 people, with an average salary of $55,000 a year. “It is a real gem for this community,” said James Sieben, […]

Jennie-O Turkey Store’s Benson Avenue plant in Willmar to close

WILLMAR—The Jennie-O Turkey Store plant located on Benson Avenue just west of downtown Willmar will be closing in the first half of fiscal year 2022, according to a news release from Hormel Foods, which owns Jennie-O. The news comes as Hormel reports double-digit sales growth in every segment of the business in the fourth quarter. […]

MnDOT pauses safety project on Highways 23 and 9 in New London after public concerns

NEW LONDON—A safety improvement project at state Highways 23 and 9 by New London has been paused as the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 re-evaluates the plans following ongoing concerns from the New London City Council and others in the public. “We’ve made the decision to step back to have more discussion with the […]

Arvig moving forward with broadband project in Prinsburg, Minnesota, funded partially by coronavirus relief funds

PRINSBURG—Approximately 500 residents of Prinsburg will soon have the option of purchasing high-speed broadband services. Following the construction of an 8.1-mile fiber network, the city will have access to speeds reaching one gigabit for residents and 10 gigabits for businesses. “Arvig is committed to bringing the highest quality broadband services to rural communities like Prinsburg,” […]

Kandiyohi County approves 2022 tax levy with a 1.5 percent increase

WILLMAR—Despite the need to hire new staff in several departments, Kandiyohi County only had to raise the 2022 tax levy 1.5% over the 2021 levy. The levy was set at $35,335,704, up from the $34,813,214 approved for 2021. “I am pleased we’ve been able to keep it at 1.5%,” said Commissioner Rollie Nissen. “That has […]

Willmar Recreation and Event Center is starting to take shape

WILLMAR—The walls are going up at the construction site of the Willmar Recreation and Event Center, adjacent to the Willmar Civic Center. The precast walls started being installed this week with the help of a very large crane. “By the end of next week, the walls will be completed,” said Rob Baumgarn, Willmar Parks and […]

Minnesota voters staying on top at the polls

WILLMAR—For three years running, Minnesota has led the nation in voter turnout, with 79.6% of eligible voters casting ballots in the last general election. That still leaves one in five eligible voters not exercising their right to have a say in our democracy. That figure explains why Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon and Simone Frierson, voter […]

Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission awarded State grant

WILLMAR—On Friday, November 12, 2021, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) was awarded a $76,000 Small Business Partnership Grant by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The goal of this grant is to fund programs that promote the growth and success of entrepreneurs and small businesses in […]

City of Prinsburg takes next step for broadband project

PRINSBURG, MN, November 8, 2021: On Tuesday, November 2nd, the Prinsburg City Council held a community broadband meeting at the Prinsburg Community Center to complete the next step towards a fiber-to-the home broadband project in partnership with Arvig. Over 40 people were in attendance, including community members and business owners, City representatives, Arvig Enterprises, Inc., […]

Economic developer finds region is fertile grounds for diverse spectrum of entrepreneurs, for lots of good reasons

HUTCHINSON—More than two decades of helping entrepreneurs get started in southwest Minnesota has taught Scott Marquardt many lessons, but perhaps none so important as these. This place grows them, and they like it here. How else to explain the Douglass brothers, Carl, Brian and Sean, and their commitment to Douglass Innovations in northern Kandiyohi County? […]

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