A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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RAYMOND -- Community leaders from Raymond touted their vibrant economic health during a meeting conducted here Thursday by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The EDC has been holding meetings in towns throughout the county as a way to learn about the economy of the community and how the EDC could help address needs. Raymond is on the county's most western edge. Larry Macht, president of the Raymond Civic and Commerce Committee, said Raymond is the "best kept secret" in Kandiyohi County.
WILLMAR -- A vintage snowplow that cleared thousands of miles of Kandiyohi County roads for nearly 50 years -- and was being saved in hopes of restoring it -- will instead be put on the auction block. The Kandiyohi County Highway Department is putting its unused, outdated and too-expensive-to-maintain vehicles up for sale through an online government surplus auction sometime this summer. On the list of sale items is a "Snogo" snowplow.
WILLMAR -- Based on the applause from senior citizens who met with local lawmakers Wednesday at a Willmar care center, there's appreciation for legislation approved this year that could improve care for seniors and improve pay for those providing the care. "We actually put some money and some resources into taking care of people and to making sure that, as people age, they're able to live their lives in dignity and have a quality of life," said Rep. Andrew Falk, who was one of three DFLers who met with residents at Bethesda Pleasant View in a roundtable discussion.
WILLMAR -- The announced closure of the Willmar Care Center, a 52-bed skilled nursing home in northwest Willmar, was on the radar of legislators who met with senior citizens Wednesday in Willmar. Rep. Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, said there was concern that the facility, which she said is "under duress," follows state and federal laws for properly closing the facility and that the residents "are well taken care of and that they're not going to be forgotten or put some place inappropriately."
WILLMAR -- A renewed commitment of collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar could help both entities achieve their goals and missions, according to Dr. Brian Herman, vice president for research at the University of Minnesota. Herman spent Monday touring the MinnWest Technology Campus with University Regent Vice President Dean Johnson, of Willmar.
SPICER — With a blue sky hanging over Green Lake and temperatures Wednesday in the mid-80s, the estimated crowd of 15,000 people that lined Lake Avenue in Spicer for the...
WILLMAR – An emergency declaration signed today by Gov. Mark Dayton could bring federal dollars to west central Minnesota communities hit hard by storms last month. … Archive Material -...
WILLMAR – A made-to-order summer forecast is in store for the July 4th holiday. … Archive Material - Subscription required to continue reading Log in or activate your account if...
Steve Bolles sets up his booth this morning at the craft fair in Spicer ahead of the town's five-day Independence Day celebration. Events kick off tonight with a street dance...
WILLMAR - A consortium of 12 rural counties, including Kandiyohi County, has been selected for a three-year pilot project that could serve as a state and national model for how services are provided to people receiving government-funded medical care. Southern Prairie Community Care was notified late last week that the Minnesota Department of Human Services had selected it for the exclusive project.