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 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.
WILLMAR -- About a month before the 2008 legislative session begins, Willmar legislators gave a sneak preview Thursday on what to expect from St. Paul. During a presentation and question-and-answer session with the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Sen. Joe Gimse and Rep.
GROVE CITY -- Despite being overwhelmingly defeated by its teachers last week, a two-year teachers' contract was approved Monday by the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board, creating an unusual stalemate for the district. Unless the teachers reconsider the proposal and take another vote on it, the district could end up going to arbitration. If the district misses the Jan.
WILLMAR -- A policy adopted Tuesday will allow hunters to walk through Kandiyohi County Park 2 in order to gain access to a public wildlife area near Big Kandi Lake. The access will be allowed after the park closes for the season. Hunters must have their guns unloaded and cased. Guns are not allowed in any county park. When the park is open for camping, however, hunters must be registered campers at County Park 2 to gain access to the wildlife area. The policy was a last-minute compromise. County Park 2, on Big Kandi Lake, abuts a wildlife area owned by the U.S.
WILLMAR -- Richard Larson, of Willmar, will serve as chairman of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners in 2008. Dennis Peterson, of rural Spicer, will be vice chairman. The Kandiyohi County Commissioners elected their officers Tuesday during the first meeting of the year. Larson, however, was absent and Peterson conducted the business meeting, which included routine beginning-of-year appointments and contracts. Included in the action was the appointment of two new members to the Planning Commission: Douglas Hanson and John Dean, both of Willmar.
WILLMAR -- After reviewing letters of opposition from local and state agencies and hearing pleas from residents, the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to deny a request to rezone a parcel of land from a RM shoreland resource management district to R-1 shoreland residential management district. If the zone had been changed, it had the potential for greater residential development on land near the Middle Fork Crow River by New London. Although Commissioners denied the RM rezone request, they did approve a second part of the request to rezone an adjacent parcel of la
WILLMAR -- A 22-year-old Willmar man, who is married and has an infant child, was found guilty Friday of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. A 12-member Kandiyohi County jury delivered a guilty verdict to Rosny Yovany Dubon on a "serious felony" charge of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree following a two-day jury trial. Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Connie Crowell said she was pleased that the jury "saw through" Dubon's conflicting stories and "unbelievable" alibis. The victim, of Willmar, testified against Dubon. Crowell said it "took a lot of courage for th
WILLMAR -- In a coffee house packed so tight with teens and adults that some people just stood outside and looked through the windows, four women had their hair cut for charity Friday night. The event culminated efforts by 18-year-olds Jenna Kolstad and Janine Kidd to raise money for Rice Hospice over the last five months. Their goal was to raise $5,000. By Friday night, the donations had reached nearly $7,000. Once the $5,000 goal was reached, the two said they would also donate their hair.
WILLMAR -- A 22-year-old Willmar man, who is married and has an infant child, was found guilty Friday of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. A 12-member Kandiyohi County jury delivered a guilty verdict to Rosny Yovany Dubon on a "serious felony" charge of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree following a two-day jury trial. Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Connie Crowell said she was pleased that the jury "saw through" Dubon's conflicting stories and "unbelievable" alibis. The victim, of Willmar, testified against Dubon.