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Willmar City Council approves contamination cleanup grant application for Block 25 Lofts project

April 25, 2022

Willmar City Council approves contamination cleanup grant application for Block 25 Lofts project
Cleanup is needed on a downtown Willmar lot slated to be the home of an apartment complex, including petroleum, a fuel tank leak and solvents used by a former dry cleaning business. Willmar City Council approved being the fiscal agent for a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development contamination cleanup grant for Lumber One, the developers who will be constructing Block 25 Lofts apartments. Read the complete article at West Central Tribune 

Willmar City Council gives Nexyst 360 early access to 137 acres of Industrial Park land

April 18, 2022

Willmar City Council gives Nexyst 360 early access to 137 acres of Industrial Park land
The Willmar City Council approved an early access agreement with Nexyst 360, an agricultural distribution company that wants to purchase 137 acres in the Willmar Industrial Park. The agreement would allow Nexyst 360 to begin developer activities such as surveys, environmental assessments and soil investigations prior to any land sale being completed. Nexyst 360 is interested in purchasing more than 130 acres on the western side of the Willmar Industrial Park. The Willmar City Council on Monday,

Kandiyohi and Meeker counties join together to bring broadband to residents

February 22, 2022

Kandiyohi and Meeker counties join together to bring broadband to residents
WILLMAR—Over the past year, Kandiyohi County has been concentrating on bringing high-speed broadband to all corners of the county. The County Board has even pledged to use up to 75% of its American Rescue Plan Act coronavirus relief money to fund various broadband projects. At the Feb. 15 County Board meeting, the commissioners approved a letter of support for a grant application being pursued by a party outside of Kandiyohi County. Vibrant Broadband from Litchfield is applying for a USDA ReConnect

Workforce summit held in Willmar to help businesses recruit and retain

January 21, 2022

Workforce summit held in Willmar to help businesses recruit and retain
WILLMAR—The world and its workforce have changed dramatically over the past several years and employers need to change right along with them. That was the overall message at the Workforce Solutions Summit held Thursday in Willmar. Sponsored and produced by a partnership of several regional economic development and community organizations, the summit brought dozens from the surrounding business area to the Willmar Community (sic) Center. There were presentations on labor market trends, diversifying

FedEx behind massive logistics facility being constructed in Willmar Industrial Park

January 13, 2022

FedEx behind massive logistics facility being constructed in Willmar Industrial Park
WILLMAR—The end user for the massive logistics facility being constructed in the Willmar Industrial Park has finally been identified publicly. “It’s official; it is FedEx,” said Aaron Backman, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The project is estimated to be worth more than $30 million, and includes the construction of a 217,000-square-foot distribution center, located between Willmar and Trott Avenues Southwest along

Kandiyohi County Commissioners and state legislators agree on importance of broadband

January 8, 2022

Kandiyohi County Commissioners and state legislators agree on importance of broadband
WILLMAR—At their annual visit to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, District 17 Senator Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, and District 17B Representative Dave Baker, R-Willmar, were on hand to not only give an update on what is happening in St. Paul, but to also take in the concerns and priorities of the board. “We’re here today to listen,” Baker said. The topic the group spent the most time on during Tuesday’s meeting was broadband. Since early 2021, the county board has

Kandiyohi County continues to wage war against aquatic invasive species

January 3, 2022

Kandiyohi County continues to wage war against aquatic invasive species
WILLMAR— Despite a shortage of trained inspectors, Kandiyohi County was able to stop 230 violations of the state’s aquatic invasive species rules at boat launches of several county lakes this year. Any one of those violations, if the boats had reached the water, could have led to increased spread of aquatic invasive species, which are known to have a negative impact on the ecosystems of the lake. “We did catch a good number of violations this year,” said Russ Hilbert, county

Ridgewater offering no-cost nursing classes to address shortage

January 1, 2022

Ridgewater offering no-cost nursing classes to address shortage
As a means of alleviating nursing home staffing shortages, Ridgewater College announced this week that it will be offering nursing assistant classes—at no cost—to participating students. These classes will be offered on both the Willmar and Hutchinson campuses starting Jan. 3 with the 32 students already enrolled, scheduled to complete their courses by Jan. 31. Once trained, the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) will become eligible for employment at Minnesota long-term care facilities that

Kandiyohi County gives money for broadband

January 1, 2022

Kandiyohi County gives money for broadband
WILLMAR—Twenty-three homes along 30th Avenue Northwest in Dovre Township of Kandiyohi County might soon have access to high-speed broadband. A proposed Charter project would bring speeds up to 100 megabits download and 20 megabits upload to the area, which is currently considered unserved by the state. “It is kind of isolated,” said Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl at the Dec. 21 Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meeting. “We are trying to get them some broadband

A new class of future Kandiyohi County business leaders graduates from Elevate Business Academy

December 31, 2021

A new class of future Kandiyohi County business leaders graduates from Elevate Business Academy
WILLMAR—Their business dreams include a barbecue restaurant, a fashion line, a shoe store, a family entertainment destination and the continued success of a community coffee house. The seven men and women—Candace Aaker, Nick Aaker, Mohammed Abdi, Daniel Carranza, Fatouma Hachim, Hans Hibma and Victoria Hibma—who participated in the second class of the Elevate Business Academy celebrated those dreams in front of a small crowd of friends, family, business leaders and elected officials from across
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