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WILLMAR — Central Community Transit will expand three routes this year — two in Litchfield and one in Kandiyohi County — to better meet the needs of its riders. The move is made possible by a $298,000 grant awarded last week by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Central Community Transit is among 23 transit providers to receive funds under a push by MnDOT to increase transit services across rural Minnesota. The transit system provides services in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville counties.
WILLMAR — Customer sign-ups are underway as Consolidated Telecommunications Co. begins laying the groundwork to bring high-speed internet to rural north central Kandiyohi County. The last in a series of meet-and-greet sessions on the project will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Dethlefs Center in Spicer. Representatives of the company will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. There also will be a chance to sign up for the service.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County will seek state grant money for a potential expansion of Games Lake County Park. Application to the outdoor recreation grant program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was approved Wednesday at a special meeting of the County Board of Commissioners. The landowner to the west of the Games Lake park has expressed interest in selling the property to Kandiyohi County, said Larry Kleindl, county administrator.
WILLMAR — Of all the questions that are asked about Kandiyohi County's recycling program, the one that comes up most often is whether single-sort recycling will become available. "Every time I go out, I hear that," said Jay Baker, recycling and household hazardous waste coordinator. Roger Imdieke, chairman of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, said it's "by far" the No. 1 question from his constituents.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County will seek consultant proposals for conducting a study of two key intersections southwest of Willmar. Both sites involve local roads that will be affected by the railroad bypass project west of Willmar. One of the intersections is at Minnesota Highway 23 and Kandiyohi County Roads 5, 15 and 55, the southwestern-most entrance to the city.
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Commissioners laid all the issues on the table Tuesday about the state's new buffer law. They have a lot to consider. Should the county accept the responsibility of enforcing the new law? What are the pros and cons? What will it cost? Will any money for enforcement be forthcoming from the state? At the end of half an hour, the outline of a consensus was beginning to emerge, although it may be many weeks yet before the board settles on an official position.
WILLMAR — A full agenda awaits the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners this coming week. The board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. The meeting will open with the letting of bids for the Public Works Department's bituminous surfacing projects for 2017. Commissioners are slated to hear the recycling and household hazardous waste annual report at 10:15 a.m., followed by an update on the Willmar railroad bypass project.
WILLMAR — Voicing concern for the potential impact of higher bus fares on the most vulnerable riders, the joint powers board of Central Community Transit is holding off for now on adopting a new fare structure. Instead, CCT staff will spend the next several weeks designing a discount pass system to help offset higher fares if and when they are implemented. The board's consensus to delay a decision came at a meeting Friday.
WILLMAR — These days, Judi Lauer can climb the stairs without getting breathless. She feels better. She even plans to buy a bicycle this spring. None of this was the case three months ago, when a severe exacerbation of adult-onset asthma landed her in the hospital and on a ventilator for five days. Lauer credits pulmonary rehabilitation with helping her regain her life. "I've learned that asthma doesn't control me. I control my asthma," she said.
WILLMAR — Eight deficient bridges in Kandiyohi County have been designated as high priority for replacement, rehabilitation or removal within the next five years. The list was approved last week by the County Board of Commissioners. The board's action puts the county in line for state bridge bonding funds when they become available. "It's the first step for the funding process," said Mel Odens, Public Works director.