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MNYou Youth Garden Awarded MMDC Community Enhancement Grant

September 15, 2022

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 […]

Broadband update on the Kandiyohi County Board agenda

August 9, 2022

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 […]

MnDOT releases Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan for public review & comment

July 25, 2022

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 […]

MMDC Receives AARP Community Challenge Grant

July 14, 2022

Aims to Improve Transportation Access and Increase Community Involvement for Residents of Care Facilities in McLeod County June 29, 2022: Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) is the recipient of a 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant. The organization will receive $12,800 to help residents of care facilities (e.g., assisted living facilities, group homes, etc.) afford and access […]

‘Starlink,’ SpaceX’s internet service, is growing in Minnesota. What that could mean for the future of rural broadband.

October 29, 2021

Starlink’s technology has the potential to connect parts of rural Minnesota where high-speed internet is expensive to build and hard to come by, but the service has also stirred up plenty of debate — and frustration — among public officials.  By Walker Orenstein | Staff Writer MINNPOST When Kati Stage moved from the Twin Cities to Embarrass in […]

MMDC Seeks Public Input on Two Major Topics

October 14, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Day, Mid-Minnesota Development CommissionPhone: (320) 235-8504Email: [email protected] MMDC Seeks Public Input on Two Major Topics MMDC Seeks Public Input on Two Major Topics September 29, 2021: The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) is a regional development organization, serving Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties. As part of MMDC’s effort to strengthen […]

MMDC Offers New “Community Enhancement Funding Opportunity

October 13, 2021

Aims to Improve Quality of Life and Opportunity for Prosperity Throughout Region Update April 11, 2022: The MMDC will not be considering more applications until fall 2022. October 13, 2021: As part of Mid-Minnesota Development Commission’s (MMDC) effort to support local communities and ensure high quality of life throughout the region, the organization is launching […]

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

September 29, 2021

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 […]

Nathan Reuss Joins the MMDC’s Economic Development, Team

September 16, 2021

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 […]

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

August 25, 2021

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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