A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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ATWATER -- Based on the questions and comments during informational meetings over the weekend in Atwater, it's obvious not all 300 homeowners around Diamond Lake are keen about a proposal to link up with the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District. But there may not be many choices. With 70 percent of the existing septic systems on the lake deemed out of compliance and a state-mandated deadline of October 2010 to fix it, time is running out. Installing a low-pressure loop around the lake to carry waste-water to the GLSSWD treatment facility near Spicer is the homeowner's "most economic
The slope on the west shore of Green Lake is so steep it almost looked like Jeanette Jacobson was gripping the sides of a vertical wall on Wednesday as she dug small holes into the coarse coco blanket where native Minnesota wild flowers and grasses would be planted. Even though she'd been at her task for 5½ hours and wasn't done yet, Jacobson was determined to finish getting 3,000 plants rooted in the steep embankment.
WILLMAR -- Every year, the offices that process driver's licenses, vehicle tabs, title transfers and boat licenses send about $1 billion to the state in the form of fee-generated revenue. Yet those offices -- some run as a private enterprise -- are struggling to operate in the black. With a new round of cuts to city and county governments, which also operate many licensing offices, there's concern some offices may close.
GROVE CITY -- A set of guidelines for dealing with the H1N1 influenza will be used this year in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. The school board reviewed the guidelines at its meeting Monday. Because the information regarding the influenza is "so fluid it changes from day to day and week to week," Superintendent Sherri Broderius said the booklet will be used as a guideline and not a policy. By using information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Broderius said she developed the handbook for school faculty to use when identifying, reporting and responding to a potential
LITCHFIELD -- Jonathan Yanney was a good student and baseball player who was well-liked by his teachers and classmates. "He was a happy-go-lucky kid that everybody liked," said Don Forrest, superintendent of schools in Norwood, Mo., where Yanney attended school for three years. "He was a real outgoing boy," he said. "And he was one that everyone got along with." Because very few new students attend the small K-12 grade school that has a total of about 450 students, Yanney was quickly noticed, said Forrest.
WILLMAR -- After two days of sifting through the proposed 2010 budget, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners were satisfied with the end result and the process that was taken to get there. "This was the most unique, but most positive, process to go through," Commissioner Harlan Madsen said Friday afternoon. The challenge was heightened because the county will lose $688,000 in state aid through unallotment. The commissioners gave an informal nod of approval to a $56.5 million budget, which is $3.7 million less than last year. They're expected to take action on Sept.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl gave department heads a directive early this year to prioritize programs and find ways to cut costs and trim budgets for next year. That thorough combing of expenditures and revenues was evident when the Kandiyohi County Commissioners got a line-by-line look at the proposed 2010 budget and levy during a special budget meeting on Thursday. The preliminary $56.5 million budget is $3.7 million less than last year and the proposed levy increase is 1.7 percent. "I've never seen a budget like this before," said long-time auditor Sam Modderma
WILLMAR -- It doesn't matter if it's a Wednesday or a Saturday, but on any hot, sunny summer day there can be 15, 150 or 250 boats anchored in a small area off the shore of Green Lake. Along with the congregation of boats, rafts and people wading and swimming in waist-deep water, come loud music, laughing, talking and some beer drinking. It's a lot of fun for those in the flotilla who are partying in the water. But some homeowners, who have a large group of strangers whooping it up at the end of their dock, feel trapped, abused and unable to use the lake they pay a lot of money to live on.
WILLMAR -- A proposed amendment to Kandiyohi County's nuisance ordinance would give law enforcement a tool to respond to unwanted homecoming pranks. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to conduct a public hearing on the amendment at 10 a.m. Sept.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota's 10 new acute mental health hospitals, including the one in Willmar, have been operating at about half capacity for the last year and a half. With 16 beds in each hospital, that means nearly 80 of the 160 beds are not being used. That, combined with the state's budget shortfall and an expected cut of $12 million to $15 million coming to adult mental health care, changes are expected in how those hospitals are operated. If it was just a matter of money, several of the Community Behavioral Health Hospitals would be closed, saving about $4 million per facility, said Kevin