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KAT director resigns to take state transit job

John Groothuis, director of the Kandiyohi Area Transit system, has resigned to take a job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Office of Transit in St. Paul.

WILLMAR - The first - and only - transit director of the Kandiyohi Area Transit system has resigned.

John Groothuis, who helped launch KAT in 1999, has resigned to take a job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Office of Transit in St. Paul.

His last day at KAT is Jan. 6.

He will begin his new job Jan. 7.

"It's been a good run," said Groothuis.

Since the fledgling system began, the number of riders, buses and routes has steadily grown.

In 2005 KAT was named the transit system of the year by MnDOT.

The Joint Powers Board could take action Dec. 29 to hire a replacement for Groothuis.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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