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

December 8, 2021

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 community and other stakeholders to assure all perspectives of the project are considered,” said Jon Huseby, District 8 engineer, in a news release

Bethesda opens New London location just in time to celebrate 125 years in operation

October 30, 2021

Bethesda opens New London location just in time to celebrate 125 years in operation
NEW LONDON—Set among rolling hills covered in prairie grass and oak trees, Bethesda North Pointe, in rural New London, is the newest senior living community in Kandiyohi County. Construction of the $21 million project began in the fall of 2019 and the facility is set to begin welcoming new residents this fall—just as Bethesda launches its year-long 125th anniversary celebration. Founded in 1897, Bethesda operates its flagship, multi-faceted senior care facility complex in Willmar, as well as

Lucky Duck lands in the city on the pond

October 27, 2021

Lucky Duck lands in the city on the pond
NEW LONDON—For a town known as “the city on the pond,” it’s only appropriate that a business called Lucky Duck landed in New London. Located in the former Mill Pond Mercantile building in downtown New London, the 7,500-square-foot Lucky Duck is filled floor to ceiling with shelves of games, toys, puzzles, books and opportunities for hands-on play. There’s also hand-dipped ice cream, popcorn and old-fashioned sweet treats in the two-story toy store with a mission of fun. “We want it

“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

Mill Pond Mercantile building in New London gets new owner, new purpose and new name

April 2, 2021

Mill Pond Mercantile building in New London gets new owner, new purpose and new name
NEW LONDON—The Mill Pond Mercantile building in downtown New London has new owners. The Goose Group, which currently owns three businesses in Perham, will be opening Lucky Duck in New London. Featuring a unique line of toys, games, puzzles and old-fashioned treats, the retail store is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-May. “Our goal is to make people happy,” said Doug Huebsch, owner and CEO. “We want everyone to leave the store with a big smile on their face.” Laura Bjerke, vice president

County continues to push for border-to-border high speed Internet

January 23, 2021

County continues to push for border-to-border high speed Internet
Kandiyohi County continues to move toward its goal of border-to-border high speed internet access with dial-up speed. On Tuesday, Connie Schmoll, Business Development Manager of the Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC), gave a presentation before the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners – which included newly-elected commissioners Steve Gardner and Duane Anderson – about the county’s status in achieving border-to-border high speed Internet. “We

EDC tallies $3.3M in local business relief grants

November 14, 2020

EDC tallies $3.3M in local business relief grants
The Coronavirus Relief Program [sic], which provided grant funding—and for some, a lifeline—for hundreds of area businesses and nonprofits hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession, has come to a close. When everything is finalized at the end of the year, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) Director Aaron Backman estimates the EDC will have doled out about $3.5 million in assistance. “That is a significant sum for us, it’s a significant

Highway 23 gap projects moving forward

October 19, 2020

Highway 23 gap projects moving forward
WILLMAR—Progress continues to be made to construct the four-lane “gaps” on Minnesota Highway 23 between New London and Richmond ahead of the original schedule. Plans are on track to construct the south and north gaps in a three-year span, from 2022 through 2024, Jon Huseby, District 8 engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation, told members of the Area Transportation Partnership Oct. 9. Read the full article by the West Central Tribune.

Bethesda releases details of North Pointe expansion

February 22, 2020

Bethesda releases details of North Pointe expansion
NEW LONDON—During Tuesday’s Lion’s Club meeting at the Spicer American Legion, Bethesda administrators provided a public update on the $19.5 million development of Bethesda North Pointe—the new senior and assisted living center under construction along Peterson Parkway in New London. Bethesda’s Chief Development Officer Caroline Chan and Regional Director of Housing Carli Stensrud, offered a summary of the progress since groundbreaking took place last fall, and fielded questions from those

New quilt shop opens in New London

September 26, 2019

New quilt shop opens in New London
NEW LONDON–Word that a new quilt shop has opened in the region travels like wildfire among avid quilters, and that’s exactly what Linda Lagergren was hoping for after she launched her new business, Paisley Threads, last month in New London. The retired Lutheran minister has been quilting, crocheting and knitting for 40 years and had always wanted to own and operate her own quilt shop. And that’s what she’s doing. Located at 14 Main Street South, Paisley Threads features a variety of solid
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