A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was called to investigate possible environmental issues as a result of a fire Tuesday at Rohner's Auto Parts that destroyed 72 vehicles and 20 acres of grass. MPCA officials were at the auto salvage business, located north of Willmar, on Thursday afternoon. No other information was available regarding the investigation, but an employee at Rohner's said Friday that everything had been cleaned up. The fire was reported on Rohner's property, 1800 County Road 27, at around 4 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Starting May 1 crime will cost more in Kandiyohi County. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners has agreed to start charging additional fees to adults going through the court system. The fees will apply to such things as pretrial supervision, domestic abuse evaluations, anger management classes and for transferring cases from state to state or county to county. Those needing intensive supervision during probation, including people charged with a felony, domestic abuse and predatory sex offenders, will also pay higher fees. Deb West, Kandiyohi County Corrections supervisor,
SUNBURG -- If he was a betting man, George Dunn would have laid money last week that fields would be too wet this week for tilling and planting.
WILLMAR -- A black Labrador that may have bitten five people in the New London area since 2006, including an incident April 11, was ordered to be euthanized by Friday. The decision was made Tuesday morning by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners following a hearing that is awarded to the animal's owner under state law. But when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department served the papers early Tuesday afternoon to Brian Johnson, he reportedly told the deputy that his dog had run away. Perplexed by that situation, the Sheriff's Department intended to consult with County Attorney Boyd B
WILLMAR -- On the heels of the fatal accident last week on Business Highway 71, the three government entities that "own" the dangerous intersection are taking short-term and long-term steps to make it safer. During a quickly organized meeting Monday, representatives from the city of Willmar, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Kandiyohi County agreed that temporary signs will be placed north and south of the intersection to warn people to "look again." Because special permission for the experimental signs is needed from the Federal Highway Administration, however, it could be a mo
SPICER - Construction work that began today in Spicer will mean a three-week long detour around parts of town. Crews will be installing piping systems related to the reconstruction of County Road 10, also known as Lake Avenue. The road will be closed from Access Drive to the intersection of County Road 8. Through traffic that's going east on County Road 10 will be diverted southwest 3.4 miles on state Highway 23 to Kandiyohi County Road 9, then south 1.5 miles to County Road 26, then 7 miles east to County Road 4 and then north 2 miles to County Road 10. Through traffic that's westbound on
WILLMAR - A mother and daughter from Appleton were injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident west of Willmar. Three teens from Kerkhoven, who were in the second vehicle, were not injured. According to the State Patrol Kacey Struxness, 16, of Appleton, was traveling west on Trunk Highway 40 around 5 p.m.
WILLMAR -- As the fraud prevention investigator for Kandiyohi County's Family Services Department, Cindy Feeken has to knock on a few doors. It's her job to make sure that those applying for financial assistance qualify for programs. When questions or concerns arise, Feeken goes to the homes of the applicants to get information, such as who and how many people are living in a home and what their relationship is with each other. Getting accurate information can be extremely difficult when there is a language and cultural barrier. "Since we're a multicultural community, it's important that
NEW LONDON -- The Little Crow Ski Team is being asked to provide some cash and labor to help reduce shoreline erosion where the team practices and performs its summertime shows. If nothing is done to stop the erosion on the Middle Fork of the Crow River at New London's Neer Park, then the team's practice times may have to be reduced, said Mayor Bill Gossman. "We wouldn't want to cancel the whole show," he said. The city is being considered for a grant from the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District that would use the Neer Park shoreline as a pilot project to test a variety of erosion-con
ATWATER -- Just when the lifeline was ready to be unplugged from the Hotel Atwater renovation project, CPR is being performed. Last month the council agreed to return a $90,000 grant to the Minnesota Historical Society and deed the historic building back to its previous owner. The council was expected to approve a formal resolution Tuesday to make all that happen. But between the two meetings, community residents started lobbying for the project.