A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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GROVE CITY -- After slugging its way out of statutory operating debt by making deep budget cuts and succeeding in passing a levy referendum after four failed attempts, the last thing the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board wanted to hear was more bad financial news. But that's what they got Monday when Rep.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Commissioners approved a $60 million budget Tuesday that does not include a raise for themselves. The commissioners ag-reed to forfeit their annual salary increase for 2009. "I don't think it's time to give ourselves a raise," said Commissioner Dean Shuck. The county is expecting to take a hit in local government aid as part of the state's budget-reduction efforts.
WILLMAR -- The first -- and only -- transit director of the Kandiyohi Area Transit system has resigned. John Groot-huis, who helped launch KAT in 1999, is leaving to take a job with the Minnesota De-partment of Transportat-ion's Office of Transit in St. Paul. His last day at KAT is Jan. 6. He he will begin his new job Jan. 7. The Joint Powers Board could take action Dec. 29 to hire a replacement for Groothuis. "It's been a good run," said Groothuis, of his time at KAT. "I feel we've done a really good job here.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Commissioners approved a $60 million budget today that doesn't include a raise for themselves. The commissioners agreed to forfeit their annual cost of living raise for 2009. "I don't think it's time to give ourselves a raise," said Commissioner Dean Shuck. The county is expecting to take a hit in local government aid as part of the state's budget-reduction efforts.
WILLMAR - The first - and only - transit director of the Kandiyohi Area Transit system has resigned. John Groothuis, who helped launch KAT in 1999, has resigned to take a job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Office of Transit in St. Paul. His last day at KAT is Jan. 6. He will begin his new job Jan. 7. "It's been a good run," said Groothuis. Since the fledgling system began, the number of riders, buses and routes has steadily grown. In 2005 KAT was named the transit system of the year by MnDOT. The Joint Powers Board could take action Dec.
WILLMAR -- Taking one last look at the proposed 2009 budget was a grim task for the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. During a work session Monday morning, the commissioners looked at the details of the proposed $60 million budget, knowing full well the numbers will most certainly change once the state's deficit-reduction plan is put in place. Counties and cities are expecting to lose millions of dollars in state aid.
WILLMAR - The Kandiyohi County Commissioners took one last look at the proposed 2009 budget this morning during a work session.
WILLMAR -- By 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Susan Boonstra had quickly zipped from freezer to cooler to shelves stacked high with dry goods to collect and box hundreds of pounds of food at the Willmar Area Food Shelf. As soon as she finished assembling three days' worth of food into a box, which was carried out by a woman from a six-member family on the other side of the counter, Boonstra began filling a box for the next family sitting patiently in the small waiting area. "There's a long line out there," said Christie Kurth, food shelf director, as Boonstra began putting items in the box.
WILLMAR -- The $5 billion state deficit is not only a "big honking number," according to Kandiyohi County Commissioner Harlan Madsen, but it also represents an opportunity to change how the state and counties do business with each other and the public. "It gives us the opportunity to reassess," said Madsen, who is supporting a proposal by the Association of Minnesota Counties called the Minnesota Redesign project. Association Executive Director Jim Mulder and local county commissioners have been touring the state to talk to media about the proposals that they say would be more transparent, f
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Commissioners will take one last look at the proposed 2009 budget and levy during a special work session at 9 a.m. Monday. If there are no changes, the $60 million budget will be adopted at the County Board's regular meeting Tuesday. But given the state's projected $5 billion deficit, and concerns that counties could lose their state aid, changes could be made, said County Administrator Larry Kleindl. That could necessitate a special meeting to approve the budget and levy before the Dec.