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MNYou Youth Garden Awarded MMDC Community Enhancement Grant

WILLMAR — The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission awarded a $2,000 Community Enhancement grant to the MNYou Youth Garden for the summer of 2022. It was used to support youth training wages and install additional irrigation. Thirty youth from the Willmar area had the chance to gain skills and experience in both agriculture and marketing this growing …

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Broadband update on the Kandiyohi County Board agenda

The Kandiyohi County Board will continue to work on broadband expansion plans during Tuesday’s meeting. By Shelby Lindrud – West Central Tribune July 31, 2022 02:45 PM WILLMAR — High-speed broadband internet expansion continues to be a major priority for the Kandiyohi County Board. The commissioner will receive an update on where projects stand and consider sending …

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MnDOT releases Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan for public review & comment

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public and transportation stakeholders to review and comment on the 2022-2041 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan. Updated every five years, the SMTP is the highest policy plan for transportation in Minnesota. It outlines objectives, performance measures, strategies, and actions to help advance MnDOT’s vision of …

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Downtown Willmar bus stop now a starting point for journeys long and short

Written By: Tom Cherveny | 7:00 pm, Sep. 28, 2021 West Central Tribune The recent move by Jefferson Lines to the Central Community Transit bus shelter near Selvig International Park contributes to its role as a mobility hub. It’s also the site for a WillmarBike hub and trail head for walking and biking routes. WILLMAR — A journey of …

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Nathan Reuss Joins the MMDC’s Economic Development, Team

Will Help Communities, Businesses, and Organizations Increase Resilience and Prosperity September 2021:  The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) recently hired Nathan Reuss for the role of Economic Developer. Reuss will join MMDC’s Michelle Marotzke on MMDC’s Economic Development Team in Mid-September. Together, Marotzke and Reuss will assist stakeholders throughout the Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville County …

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COVID pandemic complicates already challenging child-care expansion efforts in rural Minnesota

By Gregg Aamot | Contributing Writer MINNPOST Aug. 19, 2021 The difficulty of creating more child-care “slots” — in homes, revamped buildings, or new facilities — remains acute. In 2017, I visited New York Mills to write about the challenges that small rural communities have faced in creating more child care options – a problem that has only been made …

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MMDC Announces Community Input Sessions

The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission is urging all residents of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties to participate in the development of our region’s new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. This plan will be used as a “road map” to guide economic development work for the next five years. It will also ensure continued access to federal …

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