A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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ATWATER -- Three years after taking a bold step to start its own community newspaper, the town of Atwater saw its last newspaper edition published this week. "Sad. Very sad," is how Atwater City Clerk Goldie Smith described the demise of Atwater's Sunfish Gazette. Where else can you read articles about the "olden days in Atwater" in the "Reminiscing with Virginia" columns or read that a Kandiyohi soldier returned home from Iraq in time for his child's first birthday, she asked.
WILLMAR -- Incumbent Kandiyohi County Commissioner Richard Larson will be facing two challengers in Tuesday's primary election. Larson will be defending his post against Bill Graves and Paul Hoffer. The top two vote-getters in the primary will advance to the general election Nov. 4. Larson, 76, has been on the County Board since 1997 representing District 2, which includes all of Willmar's Ward 4 and part of Ward 3. This is Paul Hoffer's second campaign for a seat on the County Board. Two years ago Hoffer, 55, ran against Harlan Madsen in District 5 in the southern part of the county.
WILLMAR -- The challenges of being a 27-year-old woman with four kids but no high school diploma, no off-the-farm job experience and no driver's license could seem insurmountable to many. But that is the life that "Mary" leads.
LAKE LILLIAN -- It was a drizzly day and many of the campers had already left, but the Kandiyohi County Commissioners were impressed with the physical condition and high customer use of county parks 1 and 2. The Commissioners toured the two southern Kandiyohi County parks Tuesday following their business meeting Located on Big Kandiyohi Lake, Parks 1 and 2 have 90 campsites each and were 95 percent full all summer, with seasonal campers making up the bulk of visitors. At Park 1, 95 percent of the visitors were seasonal, keeping their RVs at the park for 90 continuous days. High usage of el
WILLMAR -- With the stipulation that the budget would get another close review in December before final approval, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners certified a $60 million budget and a 6.8 percent levy increase on Tuesday. "This is not my favorite budget," said Commissioner Richard Falk. He agreed to vote for the increase with the understanding that the board would "take a hard look at it again in December." Trimming the numbers down to a 6.8 percent increase was "quite a challenge," said Administrator Larry Kleindl. He told the Commissioners the county needed a 7 percent levy increase bu
The arched brick entrance and granite pillars of the Hotel Atwater casts an historic shadow of the building's former grandeur on Atwater's Atlantic Avenue. Step through the doors, however, and that past grandeur is a little more difficult to imagine.
WILLMAR -- Five months ago, when Anne Biesenbach's car "blew up" and she couldn't afford to fix a car that "wasn't worth fixing," she knew it was going to be a challenge to get from her home in Danube to her job in Olivia. It's a job she needs to support herself and her 2½-year-old son, Chase. Thankfully, her grandmother stepped in to make the two roundtrips a day since April. Starting today , however, Biesenbach will drive herself to work in a green 1996 Pontiac Bonneville.
WILLMAR -- A draft budget and levy were pared down Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners during the second day of a working session.
WILLMAR -- When the economy is tight, people buy less and throw away less, which means less revenue at the county landfill. Jeff Bredberg, director of Kandiyohi County's environmental services, told the County Board of Commissioners this week during a budget meeting that he expects revenues to continue to decrease for municipal solid waste at the landfill. He attributed it directly to the economy. A $200,000-per-year contract with Stevens County is also ending this year. At the same time revenues are decreasing, there will be new expenses at the landfill next year. A new 2½-acre lined cel
GROVE CITY -- Duties have been divvied up to help the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board meet new goals for the district. At the meeting Monday, the board reviewed the three major objectives they established earlier this month during a board retreat: student achievement, school communications and financial management. The board assigned school administrators to oversee each area. With the passage this spring of an operating levy, after four failed attempts, Superintendent Roger Rueckert said the "cloud has lifted" from the district and staff can "get back to work" on meeting goals that