A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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BENSON — A 14-year-old Minnesota girl faced with the harsh results of selling her body for money is the focus of a play on human trafficking that’ll be presented Sunday...
BENSON - The first thing to know about human trafficking is that it doesn't just happen to other people in distant countries. It happens here. In Minnesota. Every day young Minnesota girls - typically 12 to 14 years of age - are marketed by pimps and sold for sex.
WILLMAR - Cooperating and collaborating with other units of government isn't the "wave of the future," said Kandiyohi County Chairman Harlan Madsen. "It is the future." It's also the past and the present for Kandiyohi County, which Madsen said has established multi-jurisdictional programs that have benefitted all entities and was one of the first counties in the state to hold regular meetings with city and school officials. Madsen made the comments Tuesday during the board meeting when he reiterated the county's commitment to working with other local units of government.
BENSON — The Swift County Commissioners are hoping the Department of Corrections will give them a variance to a proposed rule requiring increased jail staffing, or at least give the...
BENSON — When Lee Westrum was a fresh college graduate from Bemidji State University in 1992, his first job was as a social studies teacher at Benson High School. Twenty-one...
BENSON — When the Benson School Board meets Monday to give final approval to their 2013-14 budget it will include the biggest cut in expenditures in the district’s recent history...
WILLMAR -- University of Minnesota Regent Dean Johnson, of Willmar, was elected Friday by his peers as vice-chairman of the 12-member board. The two-year post begins July 1. Richard Beeson, of St. Paul, was elected chairman. "It's an honor," said Johnson, who is a former state senator and was first elected to the Board of Regents in 2007. He was re-elected to a second, six-year term this spring. In a telephone interview following the Regents meeting Friday, Johnson said he was nominated by another regent for the vice-chairman position.
WILLMAR — University of Minnesota Regent Dean Johnson, of Willmar, was elected today by his peers as vice-chairman of the 12-member board. … Archive Material - Subscription required to continue...
WILLMAR - Marriage license applications have been updated for use by same-sex couples in some Minnesota communities but not yet in most rural counties. Officials from Kandiyohi, Meeker and Swift counties said they have been researching the issue but likely will not revise the applications to fit the new state statute authorizing marriage regardless of gender until they discuss the issue with colleagues at this week's annual conference of the Minnesota Association of County Officers.
WILLMAR - Praising the "historic" investment in higher education that was approved by the Minnesota Legislature, Ridgewater College President Dr. Doug Allen said the action "reverses a trend I've been troubled by for many, many years." The $250 million higher education bill includes a freeze on student tuition, increased student grants, tax credits for businesses that provide paid internships, a state match of private donations for educational equipment and a "Dream Act" provision that gives undocumented students access to state college grants.