A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- On the heels of the fatal accident last week on Business Highway 71, the three government entities that "own" the dangerous intersection are taking short-term and long-term steps to make it safer. During a quickly organized meeting Monday, representatives from the city of Willmar, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Kandiyohi County agreed that temporary signs will be placed north and south of the intersection to warn people to "look again." Because special permission for the experimental signs is needed from the Federal Highway Administration, however, it could be a mo
WILLMAR -- A black Labrador that may have bitten five people in the New London area since 2006, including an incident April 11, was ordered to be euthanized by Friday. The decision was made Tuesday morning by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners following a hearing that is awarded to the animal's owner under state law. But when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department served the papers early Tuesday afternoon to Brian Johnson, he reportedly told the deputy that his dog had run away. Perplexed by that situation, the Sheriff's Department intended to consult with County Attorney Boyd B
SPICER - Construction work that began today in Spicer will mean a three-week long detour around parts of town. Crews will be installing piping systems related to the reconstruction of County Road 10, also known as Lake Avenue. The road will be closed from Access Drive to the intersection of County Road 8. Through traffic that's going east on County Road 10 will be diverted southwest 3.4 miles on state Highway 23 to Kandiyohi County Road 9, then south 1.5 miles to County Road 26, then 7 miles east to County Road 4 and then north 2 miles to County Road 10. Through traffic that's westbound on
WILLMAR - A mother and daughter from Appleton were injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident west of Willmar. Three teens from Kerkhoven, who were in the second vehicle, were not injured. According to the State Patrol Kacey Struxness, 16, of Appleton, was traveling west on Trunk Highway 40 around 5 p.m.
WILLMAR -- As the fraud prevention investigator for Kandiyohi County's Family Services Department, Cindy Feeken has to knock on a few doors. It's her job to make sure that those applying for financial assistance qualify for programs. When questions or concerns arise, Feeken goes to the homes of the applicants to get information, such as who and how many people are living in a home and what their relationship is with each other. Getting accurate information can be extremely difficult when there is a language and cultural barrier. "Since we're a multicultural community, it's important that
NEW LONDON -- The Little Crow Ski Team is being asked to provide some cash and labor to help reduce shoreline erosion where the team practices and performs its summertime shows. If nothing is done to stop the erosion on the Middle Fork of the Crow River at New London's Neer Park, then the team's practice times may have to be reduced, said Mayor Bill Gossman. "We wouldn't want to cancel the whole show," he said. The city is being considered for a grant from the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District that would use the Neer Park shoreline as a pilot project to test a variety of erosion-con
ATWATER -- Just when the lifeline was ready to be unplugged from the Hotel Atwater renovation project, CPR is being performed. Last month the council agreed to return a $90,000 grant to the Minnesota Historical Society and deed the historic building back to its previous owner. The council was expected to approve a formal resolution Tuesday to make all that happen. But between the two meetings, community residents started lobbying for the project.
WILLMAR -- Expansion of a confinement hog operation in Colfax Township was unanimously approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. When the two additional barns are built at the Dale and Deb Anderson farm, the structures will house 4,500 hogs, or 1,350 animal units. Their facility currently holds 2,500 hogs, or 750 animal units. Plans also call for an office to be constructed on the barn site. As part of the conditional use permit, the Planning Commission agreed to use language that is more restrictive than state requirements when it comes to incorporating the manure into
WILLMAR -- Wednesday's fatal accident near the Health and Human Services building has renewed a sense of urgency to redesign the accident-plagued intersection. Jon Henslin, Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 traffic engineer in Willmar, said he intends to hold a meeting with the city and county soon to finalize a plan for MnDOT engineers to complete this year so that construction can begin in 2010. "What a tragedy when it's a loss of life," Henslin said. Local government entities have "put so much time" into trying to figure out why the intersection is so dangerous and how to
WILLMAR -- The stress and rush of meeting today's midnight deadline to file 2008 tax returns could result in people making mistakes. Last-minute tax filers are more likely to make simple errors, said Carrie Resch, IRS spokeswoman in St. Paul. "It's typically a lot higher at the end of the season," she said. Of the 2.6 million Minnesotans that will file tax returns this year, about 40 percent will be filed in the last two weeks. Most of the mistakes are found in those filing paper tax returns.