A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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PENNOCK — In the days following the storm Sunday that tore apart the Carlson Dairy farm near Pennock, members of the Carlson family have had long days of adrenaline-infused work sprinkled with a few, rare moments of tears. But the overwhelming response from the five-generation family is that of gratitude for the volunteers, business partners and widespread community support that is helping the family cope with the current losses and to make plans for the future.
NEW LONDON, Minn. — Requests from citizens to have a book removed from the New London-Spicer School District curriculum have been denied. In a 3-2 vote Monday the central Minnesota school board agreed to follow the recommendation of the school administration and allow "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" to remain as an option for teachers to use in the classroom. The action doesn't mean the book must be part of the curriculum, but that teachers can use it if they choose.
NEW LONDON — Requests from citizens to have a book removed from the New London-Spicer School District curriculum have been denied. In a 3-2 vote Monday the school board agreed to follow the recommendation of the school administration and allow "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" to remain as an option for teachers to use in the classroom. The action doesn't mean the book must be part of the curriculum, but that teachers can use it if they choose.
WILLMAR — Calling his actions "animalistic" and evidence of "how evil a person can act," Judge Jennifer Fischer sentenced Joseph Alan Schleeter to 42 months in prison for a gruesome attack on his girlfriend that included forcing human feces into her mouth and urinating on her face. The sentence is an upward departure of the sentencing guidelines. "We were able to obtain justice for this victim," said Kandiyohi County Attorney Shane Baker.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man was sentenced Monday to 45 months in prison for a long list of felony theft and burglary charges for taking nearly $30,000 worth of items from farm sheds and garages in his rural Kandiyohi County neighborhood. Jordan Anthony Brede, 23, cried in court Monday as he pledged to change his ways while in prison. "I want to take this time to apologize to the community and victims of my crime," Brede said. "I truly am sorry for what I did."
WILLMAR — It was hot Friday afternoon in the Willmar Middle School gym and many of the 165 volunteers had not eaten or even had a drink of water all day. And yet, here they were cheerfully scooping rice, dried vegetables and protein into plastic bags and hefting heavy boxes filled with the "Manna Packs" designed to feed six each. The volunteers packed 147,750 meals during the two-day, mobile Feed My Starving Children project in Willmar to help meet needs in Somalia, which is experiencing severe drought and famine.
PENNOCK – A family dairy operation west of Willmar was hit hard by a powerful storm that rolled through west central Minnesota early Sunday morning. Nearly every barn on the Carlson Dairy was damaged by the high winds that punched the early morning with a wallop around 7 a.m. According to the National Weather Service, a trained spotter estimated winds at 60-70 mph in the Pennock area, where the farm is located.
PENNOCK -- Volunteers helped clean up debris and move cattle from Carlson Dairy Sunday after strong winds damaged most of the buildings on the fifth-generation farm.
GRANITE FALLS — A Sentencing to Service crew leader who supervised Yellow Medicine County jail prisoners on a Sentence to Service work crew is facing charges of coercing a prisoner to have sex with him in exchange for special privileges.
PENNOCK — In 1953, Dolores and the late Don Youngren bought six spring heifers and started milking cows on their rural Pennock farm. Today, there are 380 cows on the third-generation Youngren dairy farm and robots do the milking. Operated by brothers Mike and Dean Youngren and Mike's son Trevin, the state-of-the-art barn is the site of the annual Kandiyohi County June Dairy Days open house this Saturday. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10121 120th Street Northwest in rural Pennock.