WILLMAR—There’s no sign on Kandiyohi County Road 7 as the road enters the south end of town. And after a storm last summer destroyed the remaining “Welcome to Sunburg” sign at Highway 7 and Minnesota Highway 9, there’s been no sign on the north end of town either.Sunburg sign
But this is about to change. Brand-new signs are being installed at both locations this spring, thanks to the efforts of city officials and many volunteers.
In this town of 100, which treasures its strong Norwegian
NEW LONDON—White paint on the south wall of Mord’s Hardware Hank, downtown New London, marks the start of the first public art project to develop from a 30-month, $262,500 grant awarded by ArtPlace America to the city of New London.
Jeff Vetsch, project coordinator, announced New London received the grant during last Wednesday’s city council meeting. Vetsch, Kristin Allen, project artistic director, and City Administrator Trudie Guptill were informed June 6 the city had received the grant.
WILLMAR—Ground will be officially broken Thursday for a $21 million project to expand the Bethesda Health and Housing campus. Beds at the aging Bethesda Heritage facility are being replaced with new construction on the same site as Bethesda Pleasant View and the Bethesda Wellness Center. The project, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015, will unify the entire continuum of Bethesda services on one campus, said Michelle Haefner, CEO and president of Bethesda Health and Housing. But
WILLMAR—John TerWisscha began his construction career in the summer of 1954 digging footings with a shovel for Mel Werder. Werder was building a hog barn 4 miles south of Willmar. “I asked if Mel had any work for a dude like me,’’ recalls TerWisscha who had returned in late February from military service in Korea. “He said, ‘There is the shovel.’ I picked up the shovel and I started digging. And that is how I started in construction.’’ TerWisscha was remembering his early days as
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Commissioners have thrown their financial support behind two major economic development projects in Willmar, including one that could end up pulling money away from planned county road projects.Willmar Wye illustration At their meeting Tuesday, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to make a financial commitment of $459,279 that would go towards a project to reroute 45th Street north and south of U.S. Highway 12 as part of a proposal to create a railroad bypass and spur
WILLMAR—The Willmar Community-Owned Grocery announced its choice Tuesday of 1600 East Highway 12 as the future home of the locally owned food cooperative. Close to 50 people were on hand for the official announcement and signing of the lease, which was greeted with a round of applause. “It’s a really important day,” said COG board member Mary Catherwood. “We know where we’re going to be. We know where our home is.” The location, at the corner of Highway 12 and Lakeland Drive, is owned
NEW LONDON — What may be the best classroom ever built comes with a floor of stones, NLS greenhousewelded furniture and plenty of dirt. What the students of the New London-Spicer High School learn in their new, passive solar greenhouse could matter to all of Kandiyohi County. Arvind Auluck-Wilson’s motivation in helping design the greenhouse is to jump-start a new industry in the county. The owner of Energy Technology Innovations in Milan believes that entrepreneurs in the county could build
WILLMAR—A contract for Willmar-based RELCO to participate in the design and construction of a major dairy products plant in the Netherlands also signals a connection to one of the largest dairy companies in the world. RELCO RELCO will work with Fronterra of New Zealand to build the whey and lactose plant in Heerenveen, Netherlands. “It’s our largest contract to date,” Mike Day, chief financial officer, said last week. RELCO was started by Loren Corle in 1982 in Willmar and has a facility
Willmar—An $800,000 construction and remodeling project at Sommerset Apartments on 19th Avenue Southeast and other major projects are contributing to a healthy increase in this year’s construction valuation in Willmar. Total construction valuation at the end of July this year is up nearly 350 percent, or just shy of $33 million worth of new construction compared with about $9.5 million to date in 2012. Commercial additions and alterations are down from 2012 to 2013, but the real change is seen
SUNBURG—Tim and Anne Kallevig were talking to vendors Wednesday morning, getting commercial coffee pots installed, putting more items on the shelves and handing off their 1-year old son, Benjamin, to each other as 5-year old daughter, Ava, cheerfully greeted people at the door of the family’s new business in Sunburg. The Kallevigs purchased the small town’s former grocery store, which closed earlier this year. They remodeled the building and renamed the business the Sunburg Trading Post. It