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Kandi Acres farm raises its hundreds of goats by following the tenets of halal

November 7, 2022

Kandi Acres farm raises its hundreds of goats by following the tenets of halal
HAWICK — Tiffany Farrier knew practically nothing about farm life — and even less about raising goats — when she moved to Hawick in 2017 and purchased a 30-acre farm site with her husband. “I was kind of intimidated,” Farrier said, who moved to Minnesota from Las Vegas. Yet, a few years later she now operates Kandi Acres, a 500-head goat farm, the only one in the state that is halal-certified. Read the full article by the West Central Tribune.

‘Big ideas’ come from Willmar Mayor’s Housing Task Force

November 1, 2022

‘Big ideas’ come from Willmar Mayor’s Housing Task Force
WILLMAR — “Big ideas” for how to solve Willmar’s single-family housing issue were shared with the Willmar City Council during the Oct. 24 meeting. Paul Borene, the chair of the Willmar Mayor’s Housing Task Force, said the task force effort was long overdue. “This should have been done, maybe, years ago; years and years ago,” he said. The bottom line of the 10-page report is that the city of Willmar, along with support from Kandiyohi County, should create a public-private program

Woodland Centers increases access to mental health services

October 30, 2022

Woodland Centers increases access to mental health services
WILLMAR — Improving access to mental health services such as counseling and treatment remains a priority for both Kandiyohi County and Woodland Centers. Even as society continues to come back from the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the need for mental health services remains strong, and in some cases growing. The Kandiyohi County Board heard the annual report from Woodland Centers on Oct. 18, and was provided a look into what the past year has been like for the mental health

Ribbon-cutting celebrates completion of nearly $50 million Willmar Wye rail bypass project

October 25, 2022

Ribbon-cutting celebrates completion of nearly $50 million Willmar Wye rail bypass project
WILLMAR—It has taken more than a decade, but the wait is finally over. The Willmar Connector and Industrial Access Project—a nearly $50 million railroad bypass project—is completed and ready to receive train traffic. Dignitaries from various partners involved in the project, along with local, regional and state government officials, gathered in Willmar on Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting and train ride to celebrate the accomplishment that is the Willmar Wye. . . . “We are already seeing

TDS begins broadband expansion project in New London, several other central Minnesota cities

October 24, 2022

TDS begins broadband expansion project in New London, several other central Minnesota cities
NEW LONDON—Residents and businesses in Brooten, Danube, Kerkhoven, New London, Pennock and Spicer will soon be gaining access to 1-gigabit broadband connections, thanks to a project by TDS Telecommunications. The telecommunications service provider broke ground on a fiber network expansion project this month. According to a news release, it will connect more than 3,700 properties to fiber broadband service, with the first people being able to connect by next summer. The launches will continue

Kandiyohi County Board salutes county manufacturers with proclamation

October 6, 2022

At the Oct. 4 Kandiyohi County Board meeting, commissioners proclaimed October to be Manufacturing Month as a means to shine a spotlight on the county’s robust manufacturing sector. West Central Steel is one of five manufacturing businesses in Kandiyohi County spotlighted during Manufacturing Month by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The company has expanded several times over the years.Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo WILLMAR —

Planning of southeast Willmar tiny home development moves forward with project out for bids

October 5, 2022

Planning of southeast Willmar tiny home development moves forward with project out for bids
Willmar—The developer of what is thought to be the first tiny home development in the region has the southeast Willmar project out for bids. Justin Paffrath, also a real estate agent, spoke last week to the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission to share the inspiration behind his development, as well as concept plans of how the development will be laid out. Paffrath agreed with EDC Executive Director Aaron Backman that this would likely be the first tiny home development

How year-round crops could reduce farm pollution in the Mississippi River

October 5, 2022

How year-round crops could reduce farm pollution in the Mississippi River
The Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota is developing 16 new crops to keep landscapes covered, and water cleaner.  Don Wyse’s field of winter barley used to be mostly empty in the spring. Eight years ago, just a tenth of the grain would survive the winter in this experimental field in St. Paul. But this year, after repeatedly refining the plant’s genetics, the field was flush with swaying, pale yellow grain heads. Read the full story at the Star Tribune

MnDOT lists four options for Hwy. 23/9 intersection

October 5, 2022

MnDOT lists four options for Hwy. 23/9 intersection
Following months of discussion with members of the community, business leaders and elected officials, the Minnesota Department of Public Transportation (District 8) has released four concept proposals regarding the Highway 23 and 9 safety improvement project:  An interchange, J-turn, single-lane roundabout and traffic signal. This project seeks to construct a safer alternative to the accident-prone intersection of Highway 23 and 9 near the Country Stop in New London. Although MnDOT had initially

To plug worker shortage, Willmar hires teachers from abroad

October 5, 2022

To plug worker shortage, Willmar hires teachers from abroad
Photo from left to right: Katherine Giliz Cusa, Almera Jane Amindato, Missi May Flores and Shelamie Santillan are several of the new teachers who are starting the new school year with Willmar Public Schools after being hired through an international teaching program. This is Willmar’s first year hiring teachers abroad to help address its staffing shortage. The teachers have the opportunity to stay teaching in Minnesota for up to five years before being required to return to their home countries
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