A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- The continuum of care the state promised would be in place for adults with mental illness, after regional treatment centers closed, has some gaps in it and people are falling through. "It makes for some interesting times," said Carmen Clementson, a supervisor with Kandiyohi County Family Services, during a Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday. Kandiyohi County and with 17 other counties in the Southwest Minnesota Adult Mental Health Consortium have decided they "can't wait for the state to come up with a fix," Clementson said. Instead, entities in the 18-county
WILLMAR -- A public hearing early next year will help determine if Kandiyohi County should continue taxing gravel mined in the county. The new tax was implemented just this year on a trial basis, with the commissioners agreeing to look at the results in two years. But new legislative changes that affect how counties can tax gravel and distribute the revenue generated is prompting the commissioners to review the program a year earlier. At its meeting Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners agreed to gather additional information prior to the hearing about how much tax revenue was generated and h
WILLMAR -- Developers of a 9,590-head dairy operation are seeking up to $20 million in low-interest municipal industrial development revenue bonds to help build the large dairy west of Willmar. If approved, Kandiyohi County would serve as a conduit for the tax-exempt financing for Meadow Star Dairy LLP. The business, which will be built in St.
WILLMAR -- For the first time since 2004, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will conduct a Truth-in-Taxation hearing for the proposed budget and tax levy. The public hearing will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the board room at the Health and Human Services building. In recent years, the county levy increase has not been great enough to trigger a state-mandated Truth-in-Taxation hearing. This year, however, the proposed $60 million budget includes tax revenues of $27,672,752. That's a 7 percent increase from 2008.
GRANITE FALLS -- Stina Leiseth, 16, was killed Wednesday after the vehicle she was driving rolled and landed upside down in a small stream near her home. Leiseth, a junior at Yellow Medicine East High School, died at the Granite Falls Hospital. YME Principal Karen Norell said Leiseth was a "good kid doing what good kids do" when she was killed Wednesday in the single-car accident that happened just a quarter mile from her parents' rural Granite Falls home. Personable, academic and someone who came to school "happy, upbeat and ready to go," is how Norell describes the 16-year-old junior.
A swarm of fully grown tom turkeys crowded around Kim Gorans' feet Tuesday morning for their final Thanksgiving dance. The 42-pounders were scheduled to be shipped out this week for processing. Every year Gorans Brothers Inc., located in the Svea-Blomkest area, produces 44 million pounds of turkeys that is processed at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar. The second-generation, family-owned operation is part of the massive web of farmers who keep Minnesota ranked No.
WILLMAR -- A deep look at poverty in Minnesota conducted over the past year will result in a set of recommendations that could help end poverty by 2020. A year ago a bipartisan legislative commission traveled the state, listening to and learning about people who are poor. The commission is "really taking poverty to task," said Deb Brandt, a spokeswoman for Heartland Community Action Agency during a presentation Monday at the Willmar Library. Although Minnesota is ranked the eighth lowest for poverty, there are pockets of low-income families and individuals who experience barriers to achievi
WILLMAR -- Since it began taking patients in September, Willmar's new 16-bed mental health hospital has been at or near capacity, but a shortage of state and federal funds is creating a "bottleneck" in where those patients go when they're discharged. Kevin Bollin, director of Willmar's Community Behavioral Health Hospital, told the Kandiyohi County Commissioners this week that that the average stay for clients at the hospital should be 14 to 17 days. But the lack of money has created a shortage of options for long-term housing for those suffering from chronic and persistent mental illness, B
ATWATER -- Liquor and gaming licenses were approved Wednesday for a restaurant that's scheduled to open this month in Atwater under new ownership. The Atwater City Council granted the licenses to Jess Davies and Marvin Fedewerd, who will be operating The Railside bar and restaurant in the Atlantic Avenue building that had been the home to Revy's bar and lounge for many years. Most recently the Great Western Steakhouse had been located there. That short-lived business closed early this spring, leaving a big gap in the town's business district. After granting the licenses, the council wished
A spirited exchange between an official for U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and the Swift County auditor took place Thursday morning as the recount of ballots for the U.S.