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WILLMAR — There are differences of opinion on the Willmar City Council regarding the speed of the new city hall project — some say it is moving too fast while others want to keep the project rolling along. Richard Engan of Engan Associates, the firm hired in February to provide architectural services for the the project, made a presentation Monday during the council's work session on a potential site for a new building. "How do we pick a site before we know what is going in there?" asked Councilor Audrey Nelsen.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council approved just over $2 million in street and other improvements this year, including repaving a portion of the North Business 71 bicycle and pedestrian path near Robbins Island A public hearing on the improvements, which include both reconstruction and overlay projects, was held during Monday's meeting of the City Council.
WILLMAR – Three finalists for the presidency of Ridgewater College have been announced by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The finalists are Laura Driscoll, Craig Johnson and Jonathan Mandrell, said a news release from Minnesota State.
WILLMAR — There was consensus Monday from the Willmar City Council to place a new play structure in Sunrise Park this spring to replace equipment that had been removed in 2015. This new structure was one of three purchased last year. Two of them will be going to Miller Park. City staff had discussions about where to place the third structure and recommended Sunrise Park due to usage. "Sunrise seems to be a heavily used park," said Steve Brisendine, director of community education and recreation
WILLMAR — Lunch is usually one of the highlights of the school day, and on Thursday at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar, it was even more exciting. "It's Lunch with a Cop day!" one boy sang as he practically skipped into the lunchroom. For the second year, police officers from the Willmar Police Department lined up in the lunch line, came away with a tray of hot dogs, carrots and beans, and sat down amongst the first-, second- and third-graders at Kennedy.
WILLMAR — On an average day in 2017, Willmar Municipal Utilities pumped 3.975 million gallons of water out of the underground sand formations that hold the city's water. All totaled, 1.4 billion gallons were brought to the surface for the city's many and varied water needs. To pump the water it needs, the city has a water appropriation permit through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
WILLMAR — Refujio Kooky Schorn, aka Refugio Kooky Muniz III, 21, of Montevideo, was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation for threatening to shoot or kill two individuals at a Willmar gas station and four others at a motel last May.
WILLMAR — The Willmar man charged with placing a pig's foot on a farmers market stall being manned by Somali individuals last summer, pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct. Joseph Francis Fernkes, 62, of Willmar, was ordered to pay $168 in restitution for the produce that could not be sold because it might have come in contact with the pig foot. He also was ordered to pay a $200 fine and another $90 in fees and surcharges as part of the sentence for what is recorded as a petty misdemeanor conviction.
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar has called a snow emergency starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday and going until 6 a.m. Wednesday for the downtown central business district. Plows will be out clearing snow from the streets. The snow emergency includes the area from First Street to Seventh Street Southwest and from Trott Avenue to the bypass. Any vehicles left on the streets within the central business district during the snow emergency will be towed at the owner's expense. Vehicles that normally park on the street may be parked in the city parking lots during the snow emergency.
WILLMAR — RELCO LLC in Willmar owes a lot to Stephen Frank Sr., perhaps even a part of its very existence. Frank Sr., who died in March 2017, was the welding instructor for RELCO's founder and president Loren Corle. Frank also taught welding to at least 10 current employees of the company, along with passing his love of the craft to his son and grandson, who also work at RELCO. "He influenced a lot of people," said Steve Frank Jr., estimating manager at RELCO.