A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — Two years ago Dave Hughes — a Republican with very little name recognition and less than $20,000 in campaign money — came surprisingly close to defeating longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson in the sprawling 7th Congressional District. This year — with more money and campaign moxie — Hughes said he's even more confident he'll win. He said if President Trump would visit the district to rally for him, he would win by "double digits" over Peterson.
WILLMAR — Heavy rain and days of drizzle that blanketed much of the region earlier this month created muddy fields that kept most farmers inside doing paperwork instead of field work. That changed this week as sun and wind started to dry out fields, allowing farmers to get equipment moving in corn, soybean and sugar beet fields. Compared to the five-year average, harvest of all three crops is behind schedule. With a stretch of good weather ahead, farmers are hustling to make up for lost time.
WILLMAR — On the day that would have been Kyle Miller's 32nd birthday, his mom, Kathy Miller, brought a fresh, homemade apple cake to the Willmar Community Center and shared it with nearly 50 military veterans. Kyle, who grew up in Bird Island and graduated from Willmar Senior High School, was killed 12 years ago while serving in Iraq.
MAYNARD – A Maynard man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Monday night in Chippewa County. The accident was reported at 5:54 p.m. on state Highway 277, at 20th Street Southeast, north of Maynard. According to the State Patrol, a 2016 Chevy Silverado driven by Norman Dean Schneider, 67, was going south on Highway 277 when the vehicle drifted off the road and struck an embankment.
LITCHFIELD — A Cosmos man made a first court appearance Thursday in Meeker County District Court on two separate cases for allegedly stealing lottery tickets from a business where he worked and theft involving an electronic pull-tab machine at a different business where he worked. Matthew David Marshall II, 35, is charged with one felony count of theft of nearly $5,000 from an electronic pull-tab. According to the complaint filed against him, while he was working at a business on July 7 Marshall allegedly loaded $2,735 into an e-tab machine without paying for it.
WILMAR — It was noon Friday and Deb Mickle and the crew at the Kandiyohi County License Bureau in Willmar finally had a chance to breathe. The long line of customers that had snaked through the corridor much of Friday morning was now down to one or two people there to renew their driver's licenses, including applying for the new REAL ID-compliant driver's license.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Area Community Foundation will honor recipients of four prestigious awards Thursday night during the 20th annual Award in Philanthropy Celebration. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Conference Center and includes a social hour, dinner, program and reception. During its first 20 years, the Willmar Area Community Foundation has granted more than $7 million to more than 100 nonprofit organizations in Kandiyohi County. Award in Philanthropy
MADISON – An elderly Madison man who went missing spent more than 12 hours alone in cold, drizzly weather before being found by rescuers Monday afternoon in a corn field in Lac qui Parle County. The end result was positive, but the incident was harrowing for Curtis Eugene Weber, 81, his family and the nearly 75 people who helped in the search, said Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Allen Anderson. Weber, who has health issues, was reported missing at 8 a.m. Monday.
MADISON — An 81-year-old Madison man, whose vehicle was discovered in a slough after he had been reported missing Monday morning in Lac qui Parle County, was located following a ground and air search by about 75 volunteers, law enforcement officers and emergency personnel. When he was found Monday afternoon, Curtis Eugene Weber was cold and exhausted but conscious and alert, according to Sheriff Allen Anderson, who posted information on the department's Facebook page. He was taken to the Madison hospital to be evaluated.
NEW LONDON — Being at the table to help select a new superintendent for the New London-Spicer School District — along with the fact that three veteran school board members are not running this year — has resulted in a full slate of candidates seeking a seat on the NLS School Board. Ten candidates, including one incumbent, have filed to run for a total of four seats. All seats are at-large, and the top four vote getters will be elected.