A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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LITCHFIELD -- The Litchfield School District is operating with one less principal this school year. The school board accepted the resignation this week of High School Principal Mike Goodrum, Goodrum, who was hired as the principal in 2007, had been on medical leave since the beginning of this school year. His resignation was effective Oct. 31. Superintendent Bill Wold said the district does not plan to hire a replacement for the 2009-10 school year. Instead, Middle School Principal Pat Devine will be filling both roles.
LITCHFIELD -- An agreement has been reached between Meeker County and Hutchinson Area Health Care for the payment of services for mentally ill individuals who require 72-hour acute care. The county had refused to pay the bill for the last four to five years, resulting in a $47,000 debt. The hospital filed a lawsuit a couple weeks ago. Meeker County Administrator Paul Virnig said the county did not pay the bill because there was no formal contract between the two entities and because the county believed the charges were too high. Virnig said the county "wasn't disputing that it owed money f
A fire last month at Kandiyohi County's landfill that spanned 10 days cost more than $100,000 to put out. The county will have 30 days to pay the $103,058 bill to the city of New London. "It's kind of where our guestimate was at," County Administrator Larry Kleindl said. "Would I like it to be smaller? Yes. But it is what it is." The county received the final bill Monday. Kleindl said he'll take this week to review and verify the invoice. He had questions about the different prices participating fire departments charged for foam used to smother the fire.
BENSON -- What started out as a seemingly simple request to allow mini trucks to travel on Swift County roads could end up back in the lap of state legislators. After struggling with the issue for about a month, the Swift County Board of Commissioners agreed that the best solution may be to seek changes in the mini truck legislation that went into effect in August in Minnesota. "I don't think the statute was really thought through well enough when it was passed," said Swift County Attorney Robin Finke in an interview Wednesday. Following state law, Benson car dealer Kentt Habben asked the S
ATWATER -- An engineer will be hired to produce a pre-design plan for a renovation project at the historic Hotel Atwater. The Atwater City Council took action to spend up to $5,000 on the pre-design plan.
BENSON -- A three-year struggle to get a proper heating system working in a Swift County building has been resolved. The commissioners agreed this week to purchase an overhead heater, costing $10,975, and install it at its satellite shop in Murdock. Ever since the building was constructed three years ago, the heating system has not worked properly, said Auditor Byron Giese.
LITCHFIELD -- Meeker County Commissioners approved the purchase of a microwave link for more than $175,000 that is a vital part of the county's law enforcement mobile radio system. The county received only one bid for the equipment. The current equipment was about 12 years old and was obsolete, said County Administrator Paul Virnig, and it needed to be replaced. It will be installed on a new state tower that will cost about $500 a year to rent.
NEW LONDON -- Private organizations that use New London's public parks to make a profit may be charged a fee in the future to use those facilities. A public hearing has been set for Dec.
WILLMAR -- The final cost to put out a stubborn fire at the Kandiyohi County landfill won't be known for some time, but it could reach six figures. Just paying for the 832,500 gallons of water and 14,075 gallons of foam that was put on the fire will be costly. There are also fees that must be paid to the seven different area fire departments that were at the site on and off over a 10-day period. "I know it could be in the six figures," said Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl.
WILLMAR -- More than a mile of a summer road project north of Willmar is not expected to be completed by the Nov. 15 deadline. The best residents can hope for on the north end of County Road 41 (also known as the radio station road) is a gravel base to drive on this winter, instead of a newly regraded and tarred two-lane road that had been promised. Public Works Director Gary Danielson told the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the contractor, Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg, can't meet the deadline. Duininck Inc.