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Willow River Dam replacement delayed

At the October 1 Willow River City Council meeting, Mayor Brent Switzer reported that construction on the Willow River Dam replacement project has been delayed. Construction was originally slated for winter 2018, but the current schedule now has cons...

 

Windemere residents ask questions about resolved lawsuit

At the September 13 Windemere Township meeting, the board discussed the timeline of the Palon Road improvement project. Tree and brush clearing began on the week of September 17 along with silt fence installation and delivery of culverts. The week...

 

Willow River approves maximum levy

At the September 18 Willow River school board meeting, the board approved the maximum for all levy categories for 2018 payable 2019. "We want to remain flexible in case we have a change ... so I...

 

Willow River waits on water balance test

At the September 4 Willow River City Council meeting, Councilor Vicki Whitehouse gave an update on the ongoing sewer pond repairs. She stated they are in the middle of performing a water balance test on the secondary pond which was damaged by heavy...

 

Willow River drafts emblem

At the August 21 Willow River school board meeting, the board discussed the potential creation of a district emblem that represents Willow River Area School as an academic organization. Peel...

 

Windemere proposes moving township elections from March to November

At the August 9 Windemere Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the board passed a resolution to move the township elections from March to November. This would go into effect for the 2020 town election if residents vote to authorize the designation...

 

Resolution reached between Union and Windemere Twp

At the July 7 Windemere Township meeting, Supervisor Pete Steen read a letter regarding the Global Resolution between Windemere Township and International Operating Union of Engineers (IOUE) Local 49 and Road Maintenance Supervisor Mike Buetow. On...

 

WR board OKs maintenance projects

At the July 17 Willow River school board meeting, the board approved several additional long term facilities maintenance bonding projects. At last month’s meeting, the board had approved two large projects: carpet installation for $25,000 and...

 

Issue in Willow school's water bill

At the June 19 Willow River school board meeting, the board discussed options for spending the remaining construction Long Term Facilities Maintenance (LTFM) and Health and Safety funds. Superintendent Bill Peel noted there is currently $267,800 in L...

 

Rock arch rapids to be installed in Willow River

At the June 4 Willow River City Council meeting, Mike Peloquin, regional manager for the Ecological and Water Resources division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Jason Boyle, DNR dam safety engineer, were present to...

 

Council will make a decision on road repair next month

At the May 7 Willow River City Council meeting, Jason Pearson from Fahrner Asphalt was present to discuss road repairs, specifically crack sealing a number of roads in town, and scrub sealing, which would only take place on Park Drive. At last...

 

Willow River approves revised co-op agreement

At the May 15 Willow River school board meeting, the board approved the revised Moose Lake Willow River Rebels Sports Cooperative agreement. Board member David Prachar explained they have added corrections, made additions and subtractions, added...

 

Windemere reinstates road maintenance supervisor

At the May 10 Windemere Township meeting, Supervisor Pete Steen announced Road Maintenance Supervisor Mike Buetow would be reinstated effective May 16; Buetow had been recently placed on paid leave pending an investigation regarding alleged unfair la...

 

Willow River revises 2018 budget

At the March 20 Willow River school board meeting, the board approved a revised 2018 budget and a $200,000 budget reduction for 2019. Superintendent/Elementary Principal Bill Peel explained the district will need to reduce spending for 2019 due...

 

Windemere votes: Wesley & Danelski

Resident Alan Overland was again chosen to head up the March 13 annual Windemere Township meeting. Overland commended the large number of voters who came out this year. John Wesley was elected Township Supervisor with 346 votes, and Scott Danelski...

 

Amping up entrance security in Willow River

At the February 20 Willow River school board meeting, the board updated Policy 903, which covers visitors to school district buildings and sites. One of the main changes dealt with keeping better track of visitors for safety reasons. According to...

 

Dam options reviewed at presentation

On the evening of December 6, well over 100 Willow River area residents and city, county and state government officials settled in at the school auditorium for a long-awaited presentation concerning...

 

Board approves superintendent agreement

At the April 18 Willow River school board meeting, the board approved the superintendent agreement with Elementary Principal Bill Peel to serve as Willow River’s superintendent/elementary principal for 2017-20. Peel had been interviewed on...

 

Sewer pond repair options discussed

At the February 6 Willow River City Council meeting, Mark Lundgren, environmental engineer at MSA Professional Services, briefly discussed options for repairing the sewer ponds that were damaged during last summer’s flooding. He explained that MSA...

 

Canister transfer station possible

At the February 6 Willow River City Council meeting, Caleb Anderson, Pine County land and resource manager, discussed a potential one-year waste disposal pilot project with the council to help...

 

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