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 - As they start sifting through last-minute legislation that was approved at the end of the session Monday, county officials are finding some good news, including increased aid and decreased sales taxes. According to the Association of Minnesota Counties, legislators approved a $40 million increase in County Program Aid that will bring a 24 percent increase in funding to counties. For Kandiyohi County that means an increase of about $356,000. When that's added to the 2013 County Program Aid it'll bring the total up to $1.8 million in 2014.
WILLMAR - It may be easy to see a community's current strengths and weaknesses, but detailing dreams and expectations for a community's future is a little more challenging. A team of consultants will be spending time this summer in what's being described as the "greater Willmar area" to lead the community through a process to identify goals - and an action plan to meet them - that will launch this community to the year 2040.
WILLMAR - It took just a couple days for county staff and a sentence-to-service crew to rip out ceiling tiles and doors and gut a section of Kandiyohi County's office building in downtown Willmar. The process to put the space back together is expected to begin later this month and could be completed by August. When it's complete, the local license bureau operated by Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services will move from one side of the building to the newly renovated part of the building.
PENNOCK -- A cigarette thrown from a vehicle was the likely cause of a fire that tore across two miles of grassland Thursday north of Pennock. Fire crews from Pennock, Willmar, Kerkhoven and Sunburg battled the blaze, which was reported at noon, for at least eight hours. The fire torched grass, trees and cattails -- most of it located in a federal waterfowl production area. Pennock Fire Chief Jeff Arends said the fire started along Kandiyohi County Road 1 and burned nearly an entire section of land. Newly seeded cropland was not affected.
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ST. PAUL - Sen. Lyle Koenen said his vote Monday against the gay marriage bill reflects the wishes of a majority of people in his west central Minnesota district as well as his personal views. Koenen, of Clara City, was one of three DFL senators who voted against the bill allowing same-sex couples to marry. Koenen represents District 17, which includes Willmar. "The way I look at it, I need to do the best job I can to represent the district, and it's pretty clear the district leans on the side of voting no," said Koenen in a telephone interview after the vote.
COSMOS -- A 5-year-old girl was seriously injured Sunday in an ATV accident near Cosmos and a rural Darwin man is in jail on charges of second-degree driving while impaired...
LITCHFIELD – A rural Hutchinson man was air-lifted Thursday night from the scene of a motorcycle accident near Litchfield. According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Department, Joseph Butcher, 34, was...
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WILLMAR — When people with mental illness end up in the county jail and on probation, it can be difficult for the individuals and county workers who are trying to...