A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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The visual conflict of seeing good, usable household items and construction material piling up in a heap at the Kandiyohi County Landfill while there are people in the community going without those things is hard to reconcile. Some people may believe that because they have no use for a certain item anymore, it's junk and of no use to others. Some people aren't adept at making repairs and they throw away and buy new, instead of fixing items.
The following is a resource list of some of the community nonprofit organizations that accept donated items. These organizations put good, usable items that might otherwise end up in the landfill into the hands of people who can use them. Some organizations have established sites where people can drop off goods at any time. Others ask that people call in advance to verify there is a need for their donation and arrange a time and place for drop-off.
WILLMAR - Kandiyohi County is operating one of the state's few municipal solid waste landfills. Considered low on the state's hierarchy of waste management, the number of landfills has been decreasing in Minnesota since 1994, when there were 133 in operation.
NEW LONDON -- Two towns, separated by just a few miles, will be linked on Sunday by people standing hand-in-hand in prayer. Uttered precisely, and in unison, at 4:06 p.m. along a three-mile stretch of the Glacial Lakes Recreation Trail between New London and Spicer, the prayer will ask for protection and guidance for the community's youth. It will take 3,690 people, standing 4 feet apart, to successfully stretch between the towns.
WILLMAR -- Before donning the hairnets, safety goggles, white smocks, blue plastic booties and ear protection that are required to enter the processing facility at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Willmar, lawmakers learned about the challenges of operating a successful farm-to-table agri-business. The message will serve as fodder for legislators who make decisions that can affect agriculture. Members of the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance and Policies Committee -- chaired by Rep.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners agreed to give Gary Ellingson an additional nine months to clean up nearly 75 vehicles on his farm property in Norway Lake Township, in rural Brooten. Jeff Bredberg, the county's solid waste officer, said Ellingson is in clear violation of the nuisance ordinance for the area zoned for agriculture. The ordinance allows a property owner to have three unlicensed vehicles outside.
WILLMAR -- A new era in mental health care began Tuesday with the groundbreaking of a $2.2 million, 16-bed community behavioral health hospital in Willmar. A coalition of partners, including representatives from Kandiyohi County that will own the facility and the state that will lease the building and operate the program, huddled under a tent in an afternoon drizzle to commemorate the occasion.
CLARA CITY -- Jason Zimmer was watching the soybean yield monitor in his 9600 John Deere combine Friday afternoon jump from 35 bushes to 65 bushes an acre. On the low grounds the yield was good. On the hills -- not so good. Coming off a two-month drought, west central Minnesota farmers were a little nervous about what they would find in the fields. With harvest moving into full gear this week, farmers are seeing wide variations in yields from field to field, but are pleased with the overall average. "It's a little better than we expected," Zimmer said.
WILLMAR -- Ground-breaking for a 16-bed psychiatric hospital will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Willmar. The public is invited to attend the half-hour ceremony, which will take place at the construction site, 1208 Olena Ave. S.E., located near the YMCA. The community behavioral health hospital will provide short-term residential treatment for adults with mental illness.
Updated: Added links to slideshows of WRTC Celebration and WRTC History; and PDF of handout distributed at the event. Emily Mikes shook a lot of hands and got a lot of hugs on Wednesday. With nearly 30 years as a registered nurse at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center and, more recently, at the new community behavioral health hospital in Cold Spring, Mikes has worked with many people.