A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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ST. PAUL — New London is one of four communities to share nearly $3.9 million in grants and loans to improve public water systems. The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority announced this week that the agency has approved funding for projects in New London, Inver Grove Heights, Frazee and Heron Lake.
ATWATER — After taking a "little vacation" to Las Vegas last weekend to listen to country music at the Route 91 Harvest concert, Justin Schroeder is back at work this week at Central Counties Cooperative in rural Atwater. That should have been an unremarkable transition. But while working at his job as an agronomist with the farm cooperative, Schroeder is also processing the harrowing experience of escaping a barrage of gunfire that killed at least 58 and injured more than 500.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man who, according to court documents, sped his Jeep toward a police car and refused to leave his vehicle even after the officer pointed a rifle at him is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $20,000 bail. Bret Michael Arndt, 25, is charged with a felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and two gross misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired.
LITCHFIELD — A Grove City man was sentenced to more than two years in prison for a violent rampage last year at a Grove City residence where he used an ax to smash vehicles and choked and threatened to kill a man who fled to a nearby cornfield. KC Matthew Cline, 26, of Eden Valley, was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for a felony charge of assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon. As part of an earlier plea agreement, four other felony charges were dismissed.
WILLMAR — As a pharmacist, mother of six and cheerleader for her "dreamer" husband whose goal was to create a family-oriented business that would help farmers succeed, Kami Anez knew about hard work and overcoming challenges. But that resolve has been put to the test ever since her husband, Jared, died unexpectedly six months ago and Kami stepped into the role of president of Anez Consulting.
WILLMAR — The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has confirmed that a series of five tornadoes swept across west central Minnesota last week, damaging numerous farm sites and small-town businesses and uprooting trees. All of the tornadoes were ranked as EF-1, with winds that ranged from 88 mph to 100 mph. According to the weather service report, the storm started brewing just before midnight on Sept. 19 in Chippewa County where a short-lived tornado with winds of 88 mph traveled about two miles across the south side of Montevideo.
WILLMAR — One day after Deb Mickle testified before a legislative subcommittee that met in Willmar to hear concerns about the state's new vehicle licensing and registration system, she had to post a sign at the Kandiyohi County License Bureau that the state's system was down — again. "It's very frustrating for us and our customers," said Mickel on Tuesday afternoon. "There are people who need their car tabs and we simply can't sell them right now."
WILLMAR — Some guy driving a 2015 Chevy Silverado left the Kandiyohi County vehicle licensing bureau a happy man the other day after he paid just $51 to renew his vehicle tabs. "Anybody here who knows anything about cars — or a 2015 Chevy Silverado — knows that guy got a heck of a deal because they are much more than that," said Deb Mickle, Kandiyohi County licensing supervisor, during a hearing Monday in Willmar before the House Subcommittee on Technology and Responsive Government.
BELGRADE — Leaning against a wagon filled with items salvaged from his demolished farm shed, Darrel Henry looks across the road where all nine of his grain bins are in a smashed heap. With a total 350,000 bushel capacity, Henry had had a nice grain drying and storage set-up on his Swift County farm, located between Murdock and Sunburg.
LITCHFIELD — The termination of a former Litchfield police sergeant — who was charged last year with DWI while off-duty — has been upheld. In the binding arbitration decision published Sept. 5, it was determined the Litchfield Police Department was justified in firing Bryant Blackwell, a veteran peace officer who had at one time been a finalist for the job of Litchfield police chief. Blackwell was fired from his job as police sergeant in January as a result of the 2016 DWI arrest.