Shelby Lindrud, Forum News Service
WILLMAR, Minn. — While meetings continue and preliminary design plans have been submitted, there is still some difference of opinion among the partners in the Willmar Rail Connector and Industrial Access project, better known as the Willmar Wye. "There would be serious implications if we kill the project. There are serious implications if we don't," said Sean Christensen, Willmar Public Works director.
WILLMAR, Minn. — There are more businesses interested in purchasing land in the Willmar Industrial Park, said Bruce Peterson, director of Planning and Development Services, during Thursday's Community Development Committee meeting.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The monarch butterfly is a welcome summer visitor to Minnesota, but in the past few years the butterfly population has suffered severe setbacks. Weather, lack of habitat in its wintering grounds of Mexico and a decrease in the amount of milkweed along its annual migration trail have all had a negative impact on Minnesota's state butterfly.
WILLMAR, Minn. - Like a squirrel and its winter stores, Willmar Municipal Utilities is starting to build a stockpile of coal, so it is ready when the winter winds blow. However, transportation lags are causing some concerns.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Despite apparent rumors to the contrary, Willmar Planning and Development Director Bruce Peterson said told the Willmar City Council, the Willmar railroad bypass project is still a go. "It has been suggested publicly that BNSF has pulled out of the project, but that is ludicrous. I don't know where people get those ideas, just foolishness," Peterson said during the recent meeting of the Willmar City Council.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The city of Granite Falls was cleaning up Sunday after a major storm moved through the area Saturday night. There was massive damage to trees and structures throughout town and power was still down in some areas and not expected to be restored until today.
WILLMAR, Minn. — More often than not in 2015, when someone looked up at the Willmar wind turbines, they found them spinning. “I am pleased to report we did record the highest production total so far since the turbines have been in production,” said Jon Folkedahl, Willmar Municipal Utilities director of electric production.
OLIVIA, Minn. — Dow AgroSciences announced in news release last week that it would be idling its seed production plant in Olivia, which would result in the elimination of most operational positions at the plant. The exact number of jobs lost has not been released by Dow AgroSciences, and Kenda Resler Friend, external communications/media relations leader, said the company does not plan on releasing that number. Friend also said she was unable to share any more information about the idling of the plant.
WILLMAR, Minn. — When Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson visited Cuba in December he had to put his past beliefs about the country behind him. “I’m old enough to remember the revolution. You’re dukes are up a little bit,” Frederickson said Wednesday at the Willmar Rotary Club meeting. But when he arrived in Cuba he was met by smiles. “You get there and you’re welcomed with open arms by the people,” Frederickson said.
WILLMAR — March is Minnesota Food Share Month, a competition where everyone can take part and everyone comes out a winner. Coordinated by Minnesota FoodShare for over 30 years, Food Share Month urges communities across the state to donate to their local food shelves. The food shelves with the most donations at the end of the month, both money and food, will be awarded grant dollars by Minnesota FoodShare and the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. The more a food shelf raises, the more it receives.