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WILLMAR - Cooperating and collaborating with other units of government isn't the "wave of the future," said Kandiyohi County Chairman Harlan Madsen. "It is the future." It's also the past and the present for Kandiyohi County, which Madsen said has established multi-jurisdictional programs that have benefitted all entities and was one of the first counties in the state to hold regular meetings with city and school officials. Madsen made the comments Tuesday during the board meeting when he reiterated the county's commitment to working with other local units of government.
BENSON — The Swift County Commissioners are hoping the Department of Corrections will give them a variance to a proposed rule requiring increased jail staffing, or at least give the...
BENSON — When Lee Westrum was a fresh college graduate from Bemidji State University in 1992, his first job was as a social studies teacher at Benson High School. Twenty-one...
BENSON — When the Benson School Board meets Monday to give final approval to their 2013-14 budget it will include the biggest cut in expenditures in the district’s recent history...
WILLMAR -- University of Minnesota Regent Dean Johnson, of Willmar, was elected Friday by his peers as vice-chairman of the 12-member board. The two-year post begins July 1. Richard Beeson, of St. Paul, was elected chairman. "It's an honor," said Johnson, who is a former state senator and was first elected to the Board of Regents in 2007. He was re-elected to a second, six-year term this spring. In a telephone interview following the Regents meeting Friday, Johnson said he was nominated by another regent for the vice-chairman position.
WILLMAR — University of Minnesota Regent Dean Johnson, of Willmar, was elected today by his peers as vice-chairman of the 12-member board. The two-year post begins July 1. Richard Beeson,...
WILLMAR - Marriage license applications have been updated for use by same-sex couples in some Minnesota communities but not yet in most rural counties. Officials from Kandiyohi, Meeker and Swift counties said they have been researching the issue but likely will not revise the applications to fit the new state statute authorizing marriage regardless of gender until they discuss the issue with colleagues at this week's annual conference of the Minnesota Association of County Officers.
WILLMAR - Praising the "historic" investment in higher education that was approved by the Minnesota Legislature, Ridgewater College President Dr. Doug Allen said the action "reverses a trend I've been troubled by for many, many years." The $250 million higher education bill includes a freeze on student tuition, increased student grants, tax credits for businesses that provide paid internships, a state match of private donations for educational equipment and a "Dream Act" provision that gives undocumented students access to state college grants.
WILLMAR - A process to update landowners' benefits for agricultural drainage ditch systems, which had been feared and avoided for decades in Kandiyohi County, is going better than expected. Following public hearings Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners gave final approval for redetermination of benefits on segments of County Ditches 23 and 12. The commissioners also approved transferring portions of both ditch systems to the city of Willmar, which will utilize the ditches as part of their municipal stormwater retention system.
WILLMAR - Kandiyohi County is getting a break on the price of several road reconstruction projects slated for this summer. Bids were approved Tuesday for the grading and aggregate base on three county roads that were well below the engineer's estimates and well below many other bidders. In one case the low bid was 25 percent below the estimate. In another case the winning bid was $326,000 lower than the highest bid.