A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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BIRD ISLAND –Two teens were injured in a one-car rollover Sunday night near Bird Island. According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Bryon...
WILLMAR — In the last public forum to be held before the Nov. 8 general election, candidates from local legislative races met Friday in Willmar to answer questions during an event sponsored by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. There was considerable agreement and minimal sparring on issues between the candidates, which included District 17 Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and his GOP opponent Andrew Lang of Olivia, and House District 17B Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, and his DFL opponent Mary Sawatzky of Willmar.
WILLMAR — During the last year, Jody Bombeck has traveled to nine states, dusted off kids who tumbled from sheep in mutton-busting contests, herded cattle out of rodeo arenas, been in parades in pouring rain and raced around arenas at top speed on horses she had never ridden before while carrying the American flag. And never once has her cowboy hat and Miss Rodeo Minnesota crown fallen off.
NEW LONDON — In an unusual move that was cheered by New London-Spicer's kindergarten teachers, the NLS School Board agreed Monday to provide more classroom help than what was requested. The request included hiring three additional paraprofessionals, increasing the hours of one existing paraprofessional and maintaining the hours of another existing paraprofessional to provide five hours of assistance every day in each of the five kindergarten classrooms.
NEW LONDON — The black and gold wildcat emblem of the New London-Spicer School athletic teams was freshly painted on the grass of the football field ahead of Tuesday's rainy night Section 6AAA playoff game. With cleats ripping up the muddy sod during the 35 to 12 Wildcat victory over Melrose, the New London field looked a little tough afterward. Nursing a ripped-up football field could be a thing of the past if the NLS School Board takes final action to replace the existing sod field with synthetic turf.
WILLMAR — Increasing the K-12 education funding formula, closing the financial equity gap between metro and rural schools and finding ways to attract new teachers to fill an upcoming statewide shortage were some of the issues legislative candidates faced Wednesday during an education forum in Willmar. Sponsored by the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative, 11 candidates from seven districts participated.
NEW LONDON — Lunch was over and there was a blur of orange T-shirts, dresses, hoodies and headbands as students crowded around a banner Tuesday in the hallway of the New London-Spicer Prairie Woods Elementary School. Without hesitation, students took markers and signed their names to the "Unite Against Bullying" banner hanging on the wall outside the lunchroom. By doing so, students promised not to be a bully and also promised to help others who are being bullied.
MURDOCK — It's a warm fall morning that followed enough rain to make fields slimy and prone to deep tractor-tire ruts, but a bright yellow behemoth of a machine is having no trouble gliding across a sugar beet field near Priam. At a steady pace, the Ropa Tiger V8-4 sugar beet harvester sliced off the green leaves and gently shook soil away from the sugar beets. It then moved them to a whirring cylinder inside the self-propelled machine, removing even more dirt before beets were shuttled to the 28-ton capacity hopper tank on top of the machine.
NEW LONDON — Seven candidates vying for three spots on the New London-Spicer School Board participated in a one-hour forum last week. The roster includes three incumbents: Naomi Johnson, David Kilpatrick and Renee Nolting, and four challengers: Lucinda Dahlberg, Susan Lange, Deidre Lynch and Larry Nelson. All three positions are at-large positions and are for four-year terms. The general election is Nov. 8.
LITCHFIELD — A former deputy with the Meeker County Sheriff's office pleaded guilty Friday to four charges related to theft of drugs that had been placed in a secured disposal box and toys that had been collected to give to children. Five other charges were dismissed. In a clear, steady voice, Travis Hal Sebring, 34, of Grove City, entered guilty pleas to a felony charge of fifth-degree possession of drugs, a felony charge of theft, a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct of a public officer and a misdemeanor charge of theft.