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WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council has ordered the owner of a dog seized late last month to take certain steps in order to reclaim the animal and avoid euthanization of the dog. Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt asked the council last week to act on a violation of the city's ordinance governing dangerous dogs. "The primary goal is gain compliance from the animal owner and ensure the safety of the dog and public. Reclaiming the animal is priority versus the euthanization of the dog," Felt said.
OLIVIA — A big change is coming to the retail landscape of Olivia as long-time businesses Olivia Drug and Page Snyder Drug are preparing to close their doors for good as Thrifty White Pharmacy nears its opening. "Thrifty White Pharmacy is very excited to expand in Olivia and looks forward to providing for the health care needs of the community," reads a press release from Thrifty White announcing the merger. Both Page and Olivia Drug will be merging with Thrifty White, with all of the medication inventory from both pharmacies being transferred over to Thrifty White.
WILLMAR — A jury convicted a Litchfield man of stealing a classic car he had been hired to restore. Richard James Graf, 44, had been charged with two counts of felony theft stemming from the disappearance of the vehicle. He was found guilty Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court of one felony count of theft — taking or driving a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. The jury acquitted Graf of a second charge of felony theft. The theft conviction carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 15.
WILLMAR — 2017 was a busy year for Willmar Municipal Utilities and 2018 is shaping up to be just as active. "There is no slowdown yet. There is plenty going on," said John Harren, general manager of Willmar Municipal Utilities. A major construction project coming up is the Priam Substation, which will bring increased reliability and redundancy to the city's power grid. "We're hoping to break ground on that this spring," Harren said, with the project already having gone out to bid.
WILLMAR — Last year wasn't the best year for the Willmar wind turbines. Major malfunctions caused the turbines to be out of commission for long periods of time during the second half of 2017, reducing the amount of power they were able to produce. In 2017 the turbines generated 6,526,179 kilowatt-hours of power, 100,000 fewer than the year before. "That is lower than the previous three years. It is a bit disappointing," said Jerron Smith, staff electrical engineer at Monday's Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission meeting.
WILLMAR — One of the more pressing projects on Willmar's to-do list has been the refrigeration system at the Willmar Civic Center. The Willmar City Council approved $2.6 million in the 2018 capital improvement project for a new system to create ice for the two arenas, but no firm decisions have been made on how to fund the project or what kind of system will be installed. "What we need to do tonight is have a discussion on the path we are going to take on the refrigeration project," Public Works Director Sean Christensen said at Monday's work session of the City Council.
WILLMAR — A water main cracked Monday in the intersection of Trott Avenue and 14th Street Southeast, requiring a repair. "It was right in the middle of the intersection," said Joel Bragelman, utilities water and heating supervisor. "We are blaming it on the weather." The four-foot-long crack was discovered after the road surface began to break away, causing a hole to form. "It washed the ground away," Bragelman said of the water leaking from the cracked pipe. The missing dirt left a void under the road surface, which then gave way.
WILLMAR — Members of the public again filled the Willmar City Council chambers, with several speaking out Monday night against Councilman Ron Christianson and his alleged liking of Facebook posts that people are calling racist and Islamophobic. Two speakers read passages from the Facebook page in question and then asked Christianson which parts of those comments he supports, comments which included lines about the intelligence of immigrants and how Muslims are a dangerous threat.
WILLMAR — The city of Willmar has received extra assistance from the United States Tennis Association to the tune of $20,000. In December it was announced the association had awarded the city a $20,000 facility assistance program grant to go toward the new four-court complex at Miller Park. The city had already received a $10,000 grant from the regional tennis association, bringing the total to $30,000 in grant funds. "It has enabled us to complete this phase of the project," Community Education and Recreation Director Steve Brisendine said.
WILLMAR — To get a new battery for your iPhone 6, 6s SE or 7 for $29 from Apple, you either have to bring your phone to an Apple store or an authorized service provider. There is also the option to mail the phone directly to Apple, but there is a $7 shipping fee.