A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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NEW LONDON — After the frenzy at big-box stores on Black Friday — and before online shopping begins on Cyber Monday — a growing number of shoppers are going to one-of-a-kind hometown stores on Small Business Saturday. The national movement to encourage people to shop at local brick and mortar stores started about six years ago and has slowly been catching on as an antidote to holiday shopping at chain stores. "I think people feel good that they are helping out the small business owner," said Anita Stulen, co-owner of the Mill Pond Mercantile in New London.
NEW LONDON — Need to burn those extra Thanksgiving dinner calories or take a break from Black Friday shopping? Well, take a hike. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sibley State Park near New London is hosting a free guided hike to Mt. Tom. The event is part of "Free Park Friday" when entrance fees to all Minnesota State Parks are waived for the day to encourage people to take advantage of the outdoors.
ROSCOE – A Murdock man was injured in a one-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning in Stearns County. According to the State Patrol, at around 3:15 a.m. Michael A. Shepersky, 53,...
WILLMAR – Freezing rain and icy roads this morning has resulted in some school closing for the day, while other districts are still scheduled to hold classes after a two-hour...
WILLMAR — A survey that will gauge the current health and provide a glimpse of the future growth of agriculture in Kandiyohi County will be conducted this winter with the goal of finding solutions to issues that farmers identify as problems. Multiple teams of volunteers are being recruited to conduct face-to-face surveys with 65 active farmers who will be asked to respond to questions about their operations and what they see for their farms' future.
NEW LONDON — An alternate route for a short leg of the yet-to-be-built extension of the Glacial Lakes State Trail from New London to Sibley State Park is in the works. To make the plan work, however, the state Department of Natural Resources will need to persuade a landowner to sell a piece of property. That's a process that could take a year to complete, said Kent Skaar, senior project manager with the DNR.
NEW LONDON — About a dozen parents, teachers, former teachers and sports boosters on Monday told members of the New London-Spicer School Board they support a proposal to install synthetic turf at the high school football field. The comments were made during the listening session prior to the official board meeting and are in contrast to numerous comments opposing the project that some board members said they have fielded in recent weeks.
RANDALL – A Litchfield man was killed Saturday in a one-car crash in Morrison County. According to the State Patrol, Richard K. Larson, 64, was driving a 2005 Chevy Silverado...
NEW LONDON — One incumbent and two newcomers were elected Tuesday to the New London-Spicer School Board. Seven candidates, including three incumbents, had filed for the three seats on the board. The top vote-getters were Susan Lange with 2,323 votes, Lucinda Dahlberg with 2,219 votes and Renee Nolting, an incumbent, with 1,964 votes. The candidates were elected to serve four-year terms on the board. Incumbents David Kilpatrick and Naomi Johnson were defeated. Kilpatrick had 1,939 votes and Johnson had 1,702 votes.
SPICER – Residents in Spicer voted in favor of implementing a one-half percent local option sales tax. The vote was 362 in favor and 271 against the proposal. A half...