A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR - About half of the region's counties will implement a $10 tax on vehicles next year as a way to raise revenue for transportation needs. During the last few weeks, county commissioners from Kandiyohi, Swift, Renville and Lac qui Parle counties voted to approve the new tax. Commissioners from Meeker, Chippewa and Yellow Medicine counties voted against it.
STARBUCK — Minnesota State Parks have latched onto the latest trend in water sports by making stand up paddle boards available for rent at a select number of pilot sites,...
WILLMAR – The start of a construction project on U.S. … Archive Material - Subscription required to continue reading Log in or activate your account if you are a current...
WILLMAR - Area counties are prepared for the new marriage law that takes effect Aug. 1. Counties had to revise the marriage license applications to remove words like "bride" and "groom" and replace them with generic terms to recognize that same-sex couples may now marry in a civil ceremony. Most forms now use "applicant 1" and "applicant 2." The new forms will be used for all marriage license applications.
NEW LONDON – The task of increasing the “well-being” of the Willmar area was voted the top issue to discuss during a Vision 2040 session Wednesday in New London. Issues...
GROVE CITY - The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board had been prepared to seek voter approval this fall to revoke and replace its current operating levy that generates added revenue for educational programs. But on Monday the board instead voted to delay that decision until next year.
COSMOS - When negotiations began earlier this year, it was fully expected that by July the city of Cosmos would be the owner of the former elementary school in town. The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District was looking to sell the structure after it moved its elementary students out in 2012 and offered to sell it to the city for $1.
WILLMAR – A detour on Kandiyohi County Road 9 north of Willmar will be modified Tuesday as work on the Eagle Lake project continues. … Archive Material - Subscription required...
ATWATER — The fishing pier on Tadd Lake in Atwater, which usually attracts kids with fishing poles all summer long, has been empty this year. It’s because the only thing...
RAYMOND -- A request to increase the 2014 levy for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission was rejected Thursday by the operations board. The EDC has not increased its levy since 2009 and has been "quite frugal" with its budget, said Director Steve Renquist, who asked the board to approve a $25,000 levy increase next year. The increase would have brought the total tax revenue to $480,000 as part of the EDC's proposed budget of nearly $532,000.