Willmar

Willmar designates additional American Rescue Plan Act funds

June 30, 2022

The Willmar City Council designated the spending of additional American Rescue Plan Act funds at its meeting June 20, and authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds to fund the 2 WILLMAR — Another portion of American Rescue Plan Act funds was earmarked for use by the city of Willmar during the Willmar City Council meeting June 20. The total amount of funds the city will receive is approximately $2.1 million. Read the full story at West Central Tribune https://www.wctrib.com/news/local/willmar-designates-additional-american-rescue-plan-act-funds

DEED Awards $4 Million in Contamination Cleanup Grants

June 30, 2022

DEED Awards $4 Million in Contamination Cleanup Grants
St. Paul – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced today grant awards of nearly $4.1 million to 11 Minnesota cities. These grants play a significant role in the cleanup of contaminated sites for redevelopment.  This includes the Block 25 site in Willmar, Minnesota.  Read the full article published in the Red Lake Nation News

Lund Boats bringing light manufacturing facility to Willmar

June 4, 2022

Lund Boats bringing light manufacturing facility to Willmar
A new manufacturing facility for Brunswick Corporation, which manufactures Lund Boats, will work in conjunction with the company’s New York Mills manufacturing facility. The company is bringing a small part of its operation to Willmar to alleviate a labor shortage in its main location. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune 

Students encouraged to be curious about their diverse neighbors during tour of downtown Willmar

May 28, 2022

Students encouraged to be curious about their diverse neighbors during tour of downtown Willmar
Confirmation students from Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar recently spent time learning a little bit about their neighbors during a tour of Somali- and Latino-owned businesses in downtown Willmar. WILLMAR — Confirmation students at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar recently had the opportunity to get to know their diverse neighbors, taking a tour of different stores in downtown Willmar, eating ethnic foods, and hearing about the life of a Somali refugee who settled in Willmar with his family. “I

Housing is a hot topic for Willmar, and the job of a new mayor’s task force

May 13, 2022

Housing is a hot topic for Willmar, and the job of a new mayor’s task force
A housing task force was created at the May 2 Willmar City Council meeting. A group of 15 to 16 people is expected to work for three months, or even less, and report back to the city and other partners trying to promote the availability of more housing. Although more apartment complexes are under construction, single-family housing has been identified as a particular need. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune 

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 

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

Downtown Willmar streetscape project to be redesigned to meet grant fund parameters

December 28, 2021

Downtown Willmar streetscape project to be redesigned to meet grant fund parameters
WILLMAR—The streetscape project being proposed for the intersection of Litchfield Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest in downtown Willmar has hit a rather large snag. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, which administers the Small Cities grant program from which most of the funding is coming, has raised serious concerns about the plan and whether it will fund a major aspect of the project. The city was awarded a $750,000 grant from the program, with $400,000 earmarked

MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar requesting tax abatement for three additional buildings to be renovated

December 14, 2021

MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar requesting tax abatement for three additional buildings to be renovated
WILLMAR—Fifteen years after it was first established, the MinnWest Technology Campus continues to be transformed into one of Kandiyohi County’s economic development stars. Currently, it is home to 27 different companies offering employment to 693 people, with an average salary of $55,000 a year. “It is a real gem for this community,” said James Sieben, president of both the campus and Nova-Tech Engineering, one of the largest employers on the campus located in Willmar. However,

Willmar Recreation and Event Center is starting to take shape

December 4, 2021

Willmar Recreation and Event Center is starting to take shape
WILLMAR—The walls are going up at the construction site of the Willmar Recreation and Event Center, adjacent to the Willmar Civic Center. The precast walls started being installed this week with the help of a very large crane. “By the end of next week, the walls will be completed,” said Rob Baumgarn, Willmar Parks and Recreation director. The steel for the roof is expected to arrive in January. And once the exterior of the building is up and made weather-tight, the work on the inside
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