A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR—The despair that was felt in the Minnesota poultry industry this time last year—after nine million turkeys and chickens were wiped out in an unprecedented outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza—was replaced with a sense of determined readiness during a celebration Thursday christening the new Minnesota Poultry Testing Lab in Willmar. "This project was born in a crisis," said Dr. Trevor Ames, Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
WILLMAR—Fear fueled by misinformation—and not science—is a driving force in the anti-GMO movement that could harm agriculture and make it difficult to feed a growing world population. That was the message delivered Tuesday during the sixth annual Ag and Animal Science Conference at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.
LITCHFIELD -- A Spicer man was seriously injured Saturday afternoon in Meeker County when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a dirt bike driven by a 15-year old girl,...
NEW LONDON—Two tax abatement hearings are scheduled for next month on a proposed $7.8 million project to build a hotel, event center, restaurant and new pro shop at the Little Crow Country Club near New London. A hearing will be Oct. 4 during the meeting of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, when a request for a 10-year county tax abatement totaling $750,812 will be reviewed. The New London-Spicer School Board will conduct a similar hearing Oct. 10 on a request to abate $272,882 in taxes over the 10-year period.
NEW LONDON—A patented process to produce vegetables with an aeroponics method that was developed by a 1987 New London-Spicer graduate could serve as an educational tool—and revenue source—for the school district in the future. Dana Anderson gave a presentation Monday night to the NLS School Board about his Living Green Farms. Anderson developed the automated misting system that feeds vertical containers of leafy vegetables that are grown in air—without soil—in 2010.
NEW LONDON—A compromise might be in the works between the New London-Spicer School District and the state Department of Natural Resources on a proposal to bring a segment of the Glacial Lakes State Trail through school property. During a meeting Tuesday morning, all sides agreed to study a new proposed route and meet again later this fall to compare notes. That action could help preserve the project to extend the recreational trail from New London to Sibley State Park.
SARTELL -- Two separate accidents Sunday afternoon involving vehicles colliding with silage boxes is a reminder that harvest has begun and farm vehicles are on the roads. Both accidents happened...
NEW LONDON—Citing the lack of resources and volunteers, the Willmar Area Food Shelf shut down two branch sites last week—one that served families in New London and the other that filled the food gap to Ridgewater College students. The decision to close the two satellite food shelves was "not made lightly," said Margaret Sheldon, a board member for the Willmar Area Food Shelf.
WILLMAR—A proposal to grow fresh lettuce and herbs year-round with nothing more than air, light and a fine mist of water and nutrients was presented last month to a local ag-based committee that is more familiar with growing crops in soil. Aeroponics, which involves growing plants by having roots exposed to oxygen and fed with a mist of water, could be an answer to consumers who want locally grown product and an answer to an entrepreneur looking for a new business, said Dana Anderson, CEO of Living Greens Farms, based in Faribault.
WILLMAR—A free lunch and free airplane rides helped draw hundreds of people to the Willmar airport Sunday for the 10th anniversary celebration of the airport's still relatively new location and facilities. Many of the guests were Willmar residents who had never been to the new airport in their backyard, said Patrick Curry, chairman of the Willmar Airport Commission. "I'm so pleased that these people came out here from Willmar today," Curry said. "I'm totally pleased. Thrilled."