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Logistics project still a go as Willmar City Council makes changes to agreements

October 19, 2021

Logistics project still a go as Willmar City Council makes changes to agreements
WILLMAR—A large logistics facility to be constructed in the Willmar Industrial Park is still a go, though changes have been made to the land purchase agreement between the city and Ruedebusch Development & Construction National, the project developer. The Willmar City Council, at its meeting Monday, made amendments to the purchase agreement and major subdivision plat. The council also approved the development agreement with RDC National, which lays out the responsibilities of each party. RDC

Minnesota House bonding committee hears pitches for Willmar area projects

October 19, 2021

Minnesota House bonding committee hears pitches for Willmar area projects
WILLMAR— State representatives serving on the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee stopped briefly in Willmar on Tuesday to learn about three local projects requesting state funding from the upcoming capital budget, or bonding bill. Cliff Carmody, executive director of the cooperative, spoke on the expansion project for the Willmar center, which is located on the MinnWest campus. The center provides educational services for special education students. Currently, 31 students are enrolled

Extension of Kandiyohi County local option sales tax for roads is on the table

October 19, 2021

Extension of Kandiyohi County local option sales tax for roads is on the table
WILLMAR—In 2017, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved a five-year local option sales tax to fund four road improvement projects covering 10 miles of road and one bridge at a cost of $14 million. Revenue collection began in 2018 and is set to expire in 2022. Mel Odens, Kandiyohi County Public Works director, is hoping the County Board will approve extending the half-cent sales tax for another seven years. “The request is seven years of a sales tax, 11 projects, 40 miles

“Going green” New London lettuce farm branches into hemp industry

October 16, 2021

“Going green” New London lettuce farm branches into hemp industry
NEW LONDON—Despite being one of the oldest cultivated crops in history, the hemp industry—at least in the U.S.—is only just beginning to re-establish  its roots, dogged for decades by legal issues and social stigma. However, in the wake of the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally recognizes hemp as an agricultural crop, and with research confirming the medical efficacy of cannabinoids, enterprising farmers throughout the country are hoping to cash in on the myriad of products derived from the plant. But

New London Township broadband projects receive American Rescue Plan funds from Kandiyohi County

October 8, 2021

New London Township broadband projects receive American Rescue Plan funds from Kandiyohi County
NEW LONDON—The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners continues to approve grants to broadband expansion projects, using the county’s American Rescue Plan Act allocation. At Tuesday’s board meeting, the commissioners approved funding up to $185,828 to help pay for broadband upgrades in three neighborhoods located in New London Township and a small piece of Burbank Township. “The (Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission) broadband committee has

Tidal Wave Auto Spa to be constructed in Willmar

October 4, 2021

Tidal Wave Auto Spa to be constructed in Willmar
WILLMAR—The vehicles that drive along Willmar’s streets will soon have a spa for their very own. The Willmar City Council at the Sept. 20 meeting approved the minor subdivision of what is known as the Patterson Parcel, the site of the closed Kandi Entertainment Center at the intersection of 19th Avenue and Fifth Street Southeast. The parcel is being split in two. To be constructed on the parcel nearest to 19th Avenue will be Tidal Wave Auto Spa, a national chain of express conveyor

High-speed broadband on its way to Prinsburg, with help from Kandiyohi County

September 24, 2021

High-speed broadband on its way to Prinsburg, with help from Kandiyohi County
PRINSBURG—As has been the common theme over the past 18 months, residents in Prinsburg have grown to learn just how important high-speed internet can be. And like so many communities, the city has found what the local providers have to offer isn’t enough. “They are just not able to meet our needs,” said Roger Ahrenholz, Prinsburg mayor, at Tuesday’s Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meeting. Prinsburg is considered underserved by the Minnesota Department of Employment

Willmar apartment projects move forward while concerns rise regarding single-family home options

September 15, 2021

Willmar apartment projects move forward while concerns rise regarding single-family home options
WILLMAR—The number of apartment units continues to increase in Willmar as multi-family housing developments are constructed and opened. Aaron Backman, director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, updated the commission’s joint operations board Sept. 9 about projects at various levels of development. Block 25 Flats, to be constructed in downtown Willmar, is moving along, even though there have been some delays due to site contamination. “That

Plan for logistics project in Willmar gets green light from Planning Commission

September 3, 2021

Plan for logistics project in Willmar gets green light from Planning Commission
WILLMAR—The pieces are starting to come together for the large logistics facility to be constructed on the west end of Willmar, in the Willmar Industrial Park. The Willmar Planning Commission at Wednesday’s meeting recommended the approval of the project’s plan, and also approved the vacation of several easements in the property the developer is purchasing from the city. “Packaging coming in, being sorted and going out” is what this logistics project will be about, said
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