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WILLMAR

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As concern for the wellbeing of pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies continues to rise, the city of Willmar and the Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District are creating eight new pollinator habitats. Seven city parks will now include native wildflower and grass plantings, which will provide food and habitat for birds and pollinators along with a beautiful place for humans to enjoy.
A swimmer found a zebra mussel on a rock in Long Lake north of Willmar, and her father contacted the DNR. A search found one zebra mussel at each of two locations searched by DNR snorkelers.
The severe weather that had been expected to hit west central Minnesota over the holiday weekend did materialize. There were reports of a tornado near Appleton and Milan late afternoon Monday, as well as high winds, hail and rain throughout the area. Power outages, trees down and damage to structures were reported.
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.

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A young deer crashed into the Willmar Public Library on Monday afternoon.
Friends and colleagues attending the funeral for Blomkest firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson remembered him as a man who always “showed up” where he was needed. Erickson's funeral was Friday in Willmar.
Algene Vossen, arrested after DNA evidence linked him to a 1974 killing in Willmar, has been found by a Kandiyohi County District Court judge to be incompetent to stand trial. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed that ruling.
Happening two days after wind storms, climate change proved to be a top of mind issue for a random sampling of those attending the DFL Congressional District 7 convention held Saturday in Willmar.
West-central Minnesota was pounded by rain during intense thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, leading to flooded streets, basements, fields and parks.
Jennifer Cronin said the decision not to disclose the candidate's name until the nominating convention was made out of respect for the candidate, who Cronin said is spending this week helping someone close to them deal with end of life issues.

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Our late spring is a challenge for migrating birds and frustrating for us, but it's not without its drama.
State and federal lawmakers, as well as the state's agriculture commissioner and director of the state Board of Animal Health, came to Kandiyohi County on Tuesday to speak to area poultry producers and industry officials about how the avian flu has impacted them. Discussion was also had on how the state has been responding to the latest outbreak.
Two more commercial turkey flocks — in Blue Earth and Meeker counties — were added to the growing list of confirmed avian flu sites in Minnesota as of Friday's noon update, bringing the statewide total to 40 sites and 1,939,067 birds affected.

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