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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 […]

MMDC Announces Community Input Sessions

July 29, 2021

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 […]

Notice of Public Hearing 2021

June 1, 2021

Willmar Chamber & Vivid Image Webinar: 10 Easy Steps to Drive Traffic to Your Website, Starting with Google My Business

May 18, 2021

If you were not able to join us for the second of six marketing webinars from the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Vivid Image. Please take some time and watch the recorded webinar using the link below.

McLeod County seeks economic development director

May 6, 2021

BY JEREMY JONES [email protected] A long-running conversation among county officials at board meetings, workshops and public forums these past few years has been the subject of economic development.  At the core of the discussion has been how to best serve McLeod County businesses, invite new development, and grow the tax base to keep local communities […]

2020 Census: Minnesota keeping all 8 US House seats

April 27, 2021

Written By: Sarah Mearhoff – West Central Tribune ST. PAUL — Minnesota will retain all eight of its congressional districts for the next 10 years, barely snagging the final U.S. House seat in the U.S. Census Bureau’s apportionment of 435 districts across the country. The U.S. Census Bureau released its long-awaited 2020 Census results on Monday, April […]

Looking for retirees ready to hit the road for others in Kandiyohi, Meeker, and Renville counties

March 10, 2021

WILLMAR — Patty Peterson enjoyed a busy career helping others as a licensed practical nurse in Willmar. There were days when she would assist as many as 100 patients. She realized right away after retiring in October: “I can’t sit at home and retire. I’m a nurse. I have to be doing something,” said Peterson. […]

Smith joins the MMDC for the Agency’s Regional Transportation Coordinator Role

January 13, 2021

January 2020: The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) recently hired Terry Smith for the role of Regional Transportation Coordinator to support the work of the Mid-Minnesota Regional Transportation Coordination Program (MMRTCC). “I am proud to be joining Eric Day and the exciting staff at the MMDC in the Regional Transportation Coordinator role. Having lived and worked […]

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