The Willmar City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting has made a decision on where the new city hall will be located. The city owns five acres at the site currently occupied by the Willmar Community Center on Business Highway 71 near the Robbin Island Regional Park. According to the West Central Tribune, the combined city hall and community center will be built there, but at this time no dollar amount has been determined.
The Willmar mall will soon be home to a brand-new Kohl’s Department store. According to a post on the Kandi Mall’s Facebook page, the store will be opening its doors September 29th. The store will be located on the mall’s south side, they will be having a grand opening event scheduled for October 5th. The new Khol’s will be occupying the 40-thousand square foot space where the Kmart used to be.
Valleyfair announced on Tuesday that it is looking to hire over 600 people for the annual ValleySCARE Halloween Haunted House Attraction. The amusement park will hire character actors, ride attendants, food and beverage, and safety and security personal. Anyone interested is encouraged to go to the open interviews September 7th and September 14th from 10am until 4pm. You can also go to the Valleyfair’s website.
The 2019 Minnesota Get-Together set a record for attendance. Officials say the final attendance tally for this year’s Minnesota State Fair hit a record level of over two-point-one-million visitors. One-day records were set this year on days one, two, six, nine, eleven, and twelve. Good weather played an important role in the overall record attendance.
The school year is underway for a majority of Minnesota students. St. Cloud’s Tech High School debuted its new facility and many schools had new principals and new start times.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals says that a Duluth officer fired for excessive force can keep his job. The three-judge panel ruled yesterday that it didn’t have justification to overturn the decision of an arbitrator in the dispute. The Duluth department attempted to fire the officer in 2017 for dragging a man along the floor by his handcuffs.
Governor Tim Walz is sending a of 13-person Minnesota emergency management team to Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Walz says Minnesota is honored to answer Florida’s call for assistance. The Minnesota All Hazards Incident Management Team will be sent to Florida through September 15th.
Police are investigating after a St. Paul firefighter was shot to death in his home. Officers found Thomas Harrigan Monday night with at least one gunshot wound to the abdomen at his Ivy Avenue home. Harrigan was taken to the hospital where he died. He was a firefighter, a paramedic, and a veteran. Police say the shooting didn’t appear random.
A Minnesota businessman is pleading guilty to tax fraud. The co-owner of 61 Marine and Sports in Cottage Grove admitted in court yesterday that he defrauded the state of more than three-million dollars in sales tax, penalties, and interest. Jeffrey McKenzie pleaded guilty to three felony counts of knowingly aiding in the preparation of fraudulent or false tax returns. Sentencing is set for December 2nd.
St. Paul will be one of the stops that media superstar Oprah Winfrey will make during her healthier lifestyle tour next year. The former talk-show host announced today that the Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus circuit begins January 4th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It will end March 7th in Denver. It’s Oprah’s first national tour in five years.
A Nestle cold storage and distribution center in Brooklyn Park is closing. The company announced in May that it plans to do away with its direct-store-delivery network. The action will result in 56 full-time employees getting laid off. The job cuts will start November 1st and the facility will close on December 31st.
Work on five projects for St. Paul Schools is on hold for external reviews. The district has put on hold pre-design work on the projects while waiting for an outside review of their facilities-management practices. The superintendent ordered the reviews after bids for several projects came in tens of millions of dollars over original projections.