A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — A Christian youth, music mission program that was started more than 40 years ago in Willmar will suspend its operations in August. CTI Music Ministries, which started in 1975 as Carpenter's Tools International, has sent hundreds of young adults around the United States and to numerous foreign countries over the years to deliver the message of the gospel through music. This month, the organization — which is still based in Willmar — announced that this will be the last year their music teams will be sent on mission trips.
WILLMAR — The weekend blizzard, which caused church, school and community events to be cancelled and kept many people hunkered down Saturday and Sunday, dropped record-breaking snow in some parts of the state. This was a "historic storm" for the metro area and some communities south of U.S. Highway 12 — like Montevideo that reported as much as 20.5 inches of snow — said Lisa Schmit, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen
WILLMAR – Some impressive snowfall amounts are being reported in west central Minnesota following Saturday’s day-long blizzard. The National Weather Service doesn’t have snowfall amounts reported yet from Willmar but Granite Falls is currently reporting 17 inches, Montevideo has 14 ½ inches and Canby has 19 inches. And it isn’t over yet.
SPICER — A snowy spring means a construction project on U.S. Highway 71 north of Willmar will start later than expected. Plans to begin in April have been shelved and it's now hoped the $6 million, nine-mile-long project will begin May 6, said Paul Rasmussen, project manager with the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 office in Willmar. The goal is to have the project done by Labor Day.
WILLMAR – Crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 headquarters in Willmar are preparing for a weekend storm that could dump more than a foot of snow in the region. MnDOT Communications Director Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt said it’s anticipated travel will be “extremely difficult Friday night through Saturday, as falling snow and high winds are forecasted to create blizzard conditions.”
LAKE LILLIAN – A 22-year old man from Kandiyohi was arrested Thursday night after a high-speed chase that ended in the city of Lake Lillian. Vehicle speeds reached nearly 100 mph during the 7 ½-mile long chase, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department. The incident started at 10 p.m. when a deputy initiated the pursuit of a 2015 Toyota Camry that started on County Road 8, near 75th Avenue Southeast, north of Lake Lillian.
WILLMAR — Farmers from a half-dozen counties met Monday in Willmar to discuss their concerns about high health insurance costs, how federal renewable fuel standard waivers for oil refineries could hurt Minnesota's ethanol industry, what may be in a new federal farm bill and preventing farmer suicides in the wake of a poor ag economy.
MONTEVIDEO — A Paynesville man charged in the homicides of his grandparents last month in Stearns County was free on bail at the time from a 2017 case after his grandfather cosigned the bail bond. According to court documents, Thomas Bail Bonds Inc. had issued the $75,000 bond on behalf of Gregory Allen Scheel, who was charged in December with burglary, theft and escape from custody charges in Chippewa County. The company indicated that Scheel's grandfather, Wilbert Scheel, was the sole co-signer of the bond that got his grandson out of jail.
WILLMAR — Highway construction projects totaling nearly $24 million will take place this year in west central Minnesota, including a $6 million resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 71 north of Willmar. The regional allocation is part of a $1.1 billion construction plan announced Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
AVON – A Starbuck teen was injured in a one-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning in Stearns County. Road conditions were icy at the time of the accident, which was reported at 2:49 a.m. on Interstate Highway 94 in Avon Township. According to the State Patrol, Cassie Mae Phillips, 18, of Glenwood, was driving a 2005 Chevy Impala east on Interstate 94, when she lost control of the vehicle around a curve and drove into the ditch.