A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- A proposed amendment to Kandiyohi County's nuisance ordinance would give law enforcement a tool to respond to unwanted homecoming pranks. The Kandiyohi County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to hold a public hearing on the amendment at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1. If approved, it would be put in place just prior to the homecoming season this fall. Violators could be charged with a petty misdemeanor of trespassing for the purpose of littering, which carries a fine of up to $300. "We don't want to ruin everybody's homecoming fun," said County Attorney Boyd Beccue.
WILLMAR -- When a woman who's fighting chemical dependency sits in a counseling session with a group of men, the mind games and the horrors of their addictions can creep in and make recovery difficult. Experiences of being intimidated or sexually abused by men, or experiences of competing for and winning a man's attention in order to boost self-esteem or to get someone to buy them drinks or drugs, can become mingled with the therapy session. But if those same women are in a room without men, the tenor of the talk changes dramatically, said Jeanine Porter, a licensed alcohol and drug counselo
The "best thing" Bob Pomerleau said he ever did for his children was to attend a mandatory five-week Parents Forever class after he and his wife divorced last winter. Even though his 17½-year marriage ended and he was no longer a husband, his role as a father to his 15-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter did not stop. "You don't have to be married to be a parent," said Pomerleau of Willmar. Parents Forever classes are required in Minnesota when couples with minor children have contested issues when they're divorcing.
WILLMAR -- A community effort to make sure children have supplies before they head off to school next month culminated Friday when donations were accepted during the annual "Stuff the Bus" campaign sponsored by the United Way of West Central Minnesota. Notebooks, crayons, pencils, scissors and glue were just some of the items that people carried to a small yellow school bus at the Dairy Queen on First Street in Willmar. "We've had an awesome turnout," said Bobbi Wyss, resource development officer for United Way, as she watched vehicles pull into the parking lot and people carry bags of suppl
At least for one day, 41 youth from the New London-Spicer summer Pals day care program on Thursday got to experience life on the farm. With the help of the school's FFA students, the K-5 grade kids learned about agriculture -- both past and present -- on the Jerome and Kristine Bengtson dairy farm in rural Kandiyohi. "We enjoy seeing the kids enjoy themselves," said Kristine Bengtson.
WILLMAR -- Mike Vosika doesn't oppose plans for a small housing development on Dovre Township's Long Lake, but he wants to make sure the future residents realize they'll be building their new homes in farm country. Vosika has cattle in the pasture that abuts the proposed Rolling Meadows housing development. He told the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission he's worried the new country dwellers could object to his agricultural livelihood. "I know what they're going to say: 'We smell something,'" Vosika said. A similar concern was expressed by Alvin Ledeboer about a different proposal for a h
NEW LONDON -- A branch office of the Willmar Area Food Shelf will open Sept.
WILLMAR -- A pilot project to "e-charge" individuals for crimes gets under way next week in Kandiyohi County. Starting Monday, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will be in Willmar to set up the computer software and train officials from law enforcement, the county attorney's office, court administration and judges before the system is put online Thursday. When it's up and running, police reports, criminal complaints, signatures from law enforcement, prosecutors and judges and notarization of documents will all be done electronically. Currently, those thick piles of paper documents are han
WILLMAR -- With five years under his belt as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Tom Emmer said he's not a career politician but is a political outsider who would be able to cut through the political gamesmanship in St. Paul if he's elected governor. Emmer, 48, of Delano, is seeking the Republican endorsement for governor. He spent some time Friday at the Republican booth at the Kandiyohi County Fair in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- A $500,000 state economic development grant to improve a township road leading to a new dairy in rural Kandiyohi County could be in jeopardy because of a recent Minnesota attorney general's ruling. Without the grant, more of the cost of the project will be carried by local taxpayers and developers of Meadow Star Dairy, which is to be built in St. John's Township just west of Willmar. St.