A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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Around 1946, when Carol Ringler was barely big enough to see over the steering wheel, she climbed into the seat of a red International Harvester Farmall B tractor and slowly inched it up and down the fields as her father and siblings picked a never-ending crop of rock. It was a tedious summer job that lasted for years. "They were hard times, but they were good times," said Ringler, of Atwater. Today, Ringler still drives a cherry-red Farmall B, but now she does it for fun and with pride.
WILLMAR -- For the last 40 years Sandy Schlosser has been an advocate for people with disabilities. That role has included taking the voluntary sentinel post in the Kandiyohi County board room to make sure the policies and programs approved by the commissioners are good for the people she unofficially represents. Knowing that the job of an advocate is never done, Schlosser has rarely missed a meeting during the last 20 years. "I know somebody needs to be there," said Schlosser, of Willmar. "I don't get tired of it. I want to keep going. ...
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is considering participating in a national prescription drug card program that would benefit uninsured or underinsured residents in the county. The National Organization of Counties offers the discount card to member counties. Under the program, every resident, without regard to income or medical eligibility, could receive the card at no cost and without filling out enrollment forms. Card holders would be guaranteed to receive prescription medications at a discount price at participating pharmacies.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners was all set to approve a slim and trim budget and levy on Tuesday, but the bill the county received on Monday for the 2010 employee health insurance coverage changed that. The county had budgeted a 10 percent increase for insurance rates for next year, said Administrator Larry Kleindl. Instead, insurance coverage is increasing 12 percent. That increase is a difference of $60,000. Most years the county could absorb the extra cost.
WILLMAR -- By this weekend, kids caught draping trees with toilet paper against the wishes of the homeowner could be cited with a petty misdemeanor and face up to a $300 fine. The citation would also apply to other materials typically found in the backseat arsenal of a teen participating in homecoming pranks: Shaving cream, eggs, paint, chocolate syrup or any other kind of liquid, foam, food or solid material. Following a public hearing Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the county's nuisance ordinance to give the Sheriff's Department a
WILLMAR -- An amendment approved today by the Kandiyohi County Commissioners could mean a $300 fine for kids caught TP'ing during homecoming week. Under the amended nuisance ordinance, the Sheriff's Department will be able to charge people under the county's nuisance ordinance for trespassing with the intent to litter. The ordinance will give law enforcement a tool to respond to homeowners who don't want their property targeted for homecoming pranks, said County Attorney Boyd Beccue.
ATWATER -- Based on the questions and comments during informational meetings over the weekend in Atwater, it's obvious not all 300 homeowners around Diamond Lake are keen about a proposal to link up with the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District. But there may not be many choices. With 70 percent of the existing septic systems on the lake deemed out of compliance and a state-mandated deadline of October 2010 to fix it, time is running out. Installing a low-pressure loop around the lake to carry waste-water to the GLSSWD treatment facility near Spicer is the homeowner's "most economic
The slope on the west shore of Green Lake is so steep it almost looked like Jeanette Jacobson was gripping the sides of a vertical wall on Wednesday as she dug small holes into the coarse coco blanket where native Minnesota wild flowers and grasses would be planted. Even though she'd been at her task for 5½ hours and wasn't done yet, Jacobson was determined to finish getting 3,000 plants rooted in the steep embankment.
WILLMAR -- Every year, the offices that process driver's licenses, vehicle tabs, title transfers and boat licenses send about $1 billion to the state in the form of fee-generated revenue. Yet those offices -- some run as a private enterprise -- are struggling to operate in the black. With a new round of cuts to city and county governments, which also operate many licensing offices, there's concern some offices may close.
GROVE CITY -- A set of guidelines for dealing with the H1N1 influenza will be used this year in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. The school board reviewed the guidelines at its meeting Monday. Because the information regarding the influenza is "so fluid it changes from day to day and week to week," Superintendent Sherri Broderius said the booklet will be used as a guideline and not a policy. By using information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Broderius said she developed the handbook for school faculty to use when identifying, reporting and responding to a potential