A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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SPICER -- The final assessment hearing for installing a sanitary sewer collection system around Lake Florida was held Friday night before the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The sewer project was done as an extension to the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District.
WILLMAR -- Anyone who's tried to spell or pronounce sesquicentennial knows that neither task is easy. Kandiyohi County residents had better get used to it. They'll be spelling and saying sesquicentennial twice -- in 2008 and 2020. The 12-year span represents a significant component of the county's history and addresses a lingering question about when Kandiyohi County was actually started --1858 or 1870?
WILLMAR -- Being poor, and unable to afford decent housing, is one reason why victims of domestic assault often return to their abusive partners. Usually women will return to the batterer seven times because they can't afford to live on their own, said Sharon Mace, the advocacy programs coordinator for Shelter House Inc.
WILLMAR -- If a change in wording is made in the Kandiyohi County zoning ordinance, new, large feedlots would have to be set back one mile from Willmar and ½ mile from smaller towns and special districts in the county. The Kandiyohi County Planning Commission held preliminary talks Tuesday on potential changes to the zoning ordinance that would affect how close new feedlots could be to municipalities and the four "special districts" in the county. The discussion came about from the county's approval in August of turkey barns near Hawick. Residents from the unincorporated community in northe
WILLMAR -- The death last weekend of longtime Kandiyohi County coroner, Dr. Lyle Munneke, will create a void of dedicated community service in a job that was challenging and unique. "The county has lost a great person. He's done a lot of work for the county," said County Administrator Larry Kleindl. Munneke, 73, died Saturday.
WILLMAR -- Vaccine developed in Willmar to prevent salmonella and E. coli in livestock could provide "breakthrough bacterial vaccine technology" for humans. To make the leap of putting a human vaccine on the market, however, it could cost $300 million. A little help from state and federal lawmakers to secure bioscience funding could give that venture a leg up in the competitive medical in-dustry, ac-cording to Joe Shaw, the CEO of Syntiron LLC. Syntiron is a spin-off of Willmar-based Epitopix, which is located on the Minn-West Technology Campus.
ATWATER -- Plans to build a new city hall in Atwater are back on the table. At its meeting Wednesday, the Atwater City Council reviewed rough drawings of a building that would house the city office, library and the Atwater Police Department. No timeline for construction has been set. The city office and Police Department are currently housed in an old train depot, and the city is renting space in a former liquor store for the library. In 2005, city voters defeated a request by the council for a $725,000 bond to finance a new municipal building to put all three entities under one roof.
As Veterans Day is being celebrated this weekend, Jon Erickson said he'll have a hard time putting himself in the same category as an esteemed veteran of past wars. Compared to the harsh conditions veterans of past wars fought in -- and the sacrifices they made -- Erickson said his time on duty After all, he had air-conditioning in his tent, three meals a day, laundry service and he could regularly e-mail his family back home.
ATWATER - While sitting around a table in the lunchroom for a quick breakfast before classes started Thursday, a group of high school juniors said they were disappointed that additional funding for their school was once again voted down. On Tuesday, voters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District defeated an operating levy by a 23-vote margin.
GROVE CITY -- With the defeat of Tuesday's levy still stinging, members of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board said there will be no choice but to go back to voters again to seek additional revenue. It's not known when the next levy referendum will happen, but it will, indeed, happen. "If we give in to the word 'no,' we give up on education," said Janell Johnson, an ACGC board member. "This is about education and kids." Following the official canvassing of the election results during a special 7 a.m.