A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce would like to see a 7½-cent gas tax increase approved during the 2008 legislative session. The 52-member board of directors voted Thursday to support a transportation policy statement that includes a 7½-cent gas tax increase, with 2½ cents dedicated to finance debt service on trunk highway bonds. The statement also supports increasing license tab fees to generate additional revenue for transportation and transit projects. Russ Bennett, president of the public policy committee for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, was one of those direct
ATWATER -- Plans for a new multi-purpose municipal building will be revised to create additional room for the library. Librarian Lynda Behm told the Atwater City Council Wednesday that the drawings for the proposed building don't allow for enough space for the library. The council is considering building a new facility to house the city offices, police department and library. The design has 1,200 square feet designated for the library.
WILLMAR -- Two state senators who toured central Minnesota on Thursday said they want to bring the issue of illegal immigration into an open forum to discuss and resolve such problems as identify theft and fraud. During a briefing in Willmar, Sens.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Commissioners are considering charging a fee of up to $500 to license and conduct background checks on the county's 103 adult corporate foster care facilities and three child corporate foster care facilities. The services are currently provided by county em-ployees at no charge to the facilities.
WILLMAR - Sens. Joe Gimse (R-Willmar) and Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) said Thursday in Willmar they want to bring the issue of illegal immigration into an "open forum" to discuss and resolve problems like identify theft and fraud. The two senators are spending the day touring the state to discuss illegal immigration. Besides Willmar they were scheduled to hold press conferences in Morris, Alexandria, Long Prairie and Sauk Centre. Gimse said Minnesotans welcome immigrants who are here legally but are frustrated with "lawlessness" that is associated with illegal immigration.
GROVE CITY -- Waiting appears to be the plan of action for reaching a contract settlement with teachers in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. The district was one of 17 in Minnesota that failed to meet Tuesday's deadline for reaching an agreement. "Both parties could decide to sit and wait for a month or two," said Dr. Keith Redfield, interim superintendent for ACGC. No specific steps for have been identified for renewing efforts to reach a settlement, he said.
WILLMAR -- On a tie-breaking vote by Chairman Richard Larson, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to rezone land near Nest Lake from a Resource Management zone to an R1 Shoreland Residential Management zone. The decision is a reversal of a recommendation made last week by the Kandiyohi County Planning Com- mission. County Commissioners Harlan Madsen, Richard Falk and Larson voted yes. Commissioners Dennis Peterson and Dean Shuck voted no. Madsen, who also serves on the Planning Commission and voted against rezoning the land last week, said he changed his vote Tuesday
WILLMAR -- Starting in March, the Kandiyohi County Board Commissioners will take its show on the road and conduct meetings in four different communities. New London, Blomkest, Pennock and Spicer were selected to be the first host towns in 2008. The plan is to go to a new town once every quarter, with the commissioners visiting all of the county's incorporated towns in the next couple years.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is considering supporting a proposal to raise the state gas tax 7½ cents and increase license tab fees to help pay for roads, bridges and transit projects. Before the Chamber's board of directors votes Thursday on whether or not to adopt it as a policy to promote during the 2008 legislative session, the proposal is being presented to local Chamber groups to get a thumbs up or down. During a presentation Monday in Willmar, Dave Olson, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, said he has been taking the proposal on a "test drive" around the s
WILLMAR -- Minnesota's desire to be a political player in the 2008 presidential race has local party officials hurrying to get the final details of the early caucus in place. Minnesota has traditionally held caucuses in March. This year, however, Minnesota will be holding caucuses Feb. 5. "I think that moving it up is just a part of a national trend among the political parties to not get lost in the shuffle.