A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — Increasing the K-12 education funding formula, closing the financial equity gap between metro and rural schools and finding ways to attract new teachers to fill an upcoming statewide shortage were some of the issues legislative candidates faced Wednesday during an education forum in Willmar. Sponsored by the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative, 11 candidates from seven districts participated.
NEW LONDON — Lunch was over and there was a blur of orange T-shirts, dresses, hoodies and headbands as students crowded around a banner Tuesday in the hallway of the New London-Spicer Prairie Woods Elementary School. Without hesitation, students took markers and signed their names to the "Unite Against Bullying" banner hanging on the wall outside the lunchroom. By doing so, students promised not to be a bully and also promised to help others who are being bullied.
MURDOCK — It's a warm fall morning that followed enough rain to make fields slimy and prone to deep tractor-tire ruts, but a bright yellow behemoth of a machine is having no trouble gliding across a sugar beet field near Priam. At a steady pace, the Ropa Tiger V8-4 sugar beet harvester sliced off the green leaves and gently shook soil away from the sugar beets. It then moved them to a whirring cylinder inside the self-propelled machine, removing even more dirt before beets were shuttled to the 28-ton capacity hopper tank on top of the machine.
NEW LONDON — Seven candidates vying for three spots on the New London-Spicer School Board participated in a one-hour forum last week. The roster includes three incumbents: Naomi Johnson, David Kilpatrick and Renee Nolting, and four challengers: Lucinda Dahlberg, Susan Lange, Deidre Lynch and Larry Nelson. All three positions are at-large positions and are for four-year terms. The general election is Nov. 8.
LITCHFIELD — A former deputy with the Meeker County Sheriff's office pleaded guilty Friday to four charges related to theft of drugs that had been placed in a secured disposal box and toys that had been collected to give to children. Five other charges were dismissed. In a clear, steady voice, Travis Hal Sebring, 34, of Grove City, entered guilty pleas to a felony charge of fifth-degree possession of drugs, a felony charge of theft, a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct of a public officer and a misdemeanor charge of theft.
WILLMAR — Residents from three Kandiyohi County communities will vote Nov. 8 whether or not to implement a 0.5 percent local option sales tax on taxable goods purchased in their city limits. Even though all three cities are voting on it, the proposed sales tax is a separate issue for each municipality and passage or failure in one community doesn't affect the other.
NEW LONDON — Following a public hearing Monday night that garnered no negative comments, the New London-Spicer School Board unanimously approved a 10-year tax abatement plan that's part of the financial package for constructing a $7.8 million complex at the Little Crow Country Club. Pending final action by the club's board of directors, construction could begin yet this fall on the proposed project that includes a three-story, 51-room GrandStay Hotel & Suites, pool, a 300-seat event center, new clubhouse and 75-seat restaurant.
After adeptly stepping through the livestock ring in their cowboy boots, Glen Fladeboe and his sister Kristine Fladeboe Duininck launch into their auctioneer's chant to get buyers in the bleachers to dig a little deeper and up their bid on the fat steer being led by a beaming Kandiyohi County 4-Her. "Thank you for what you did," said Fladeboe Duininck, calling out the first name of a local banker who got the all-in, all-done bid of $450 at the 4-H Blue Ribbon Auction held in Willmar on a sultry Friday night in August.
DASSEL – A Meeker County man sustained serious injuries Wednesday when the ATV he was driving flipped over. Daniel Miller, 48, of rural Dassel, was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital...
WILLMAR — In a rematch of the legislative race two years ago — in a district that has a history of flip-flopping parties — GOP Rep. Dave Baker and his DFL challenger Mary Sawatzky discussed issues Tuesday night during the Willmar Area League of Women Voters forum. Sawatzky had the job of representing District 17B residents from 2012 to 2014 — after defeating a Republican candidate — but Baker defeated Sawatzky two years ago. Both candidates have served one term in the office and are fighting for a chance to get back to St. Paul.