A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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Troubling statistics show the teen pregnancy rate in Kandiyohi far exceeds the state average. In 2006, the Kandiyohi County teen pregnancy rate for 15- to 19-year-olds was 55.4 per 1,000.
Print resources: "Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen" a book by David Walsh, Ph.D. "Emerging Answers 2007" by Douglas Kirby, Ph.D.
The Coalition for Healthy Adolescent Sexuality is a volunteer-based organization that's supported by Willmar Public Schools, Rice Memorial Hospital, Hope Pregnancy Center, Planned Parenthood of Willmar, Kandiyohi County Public Health, Kandiyohi County Family Services, New London-Spicer Public Schools, Affiliated Community Medical Centers and West Central Integration Collaborative. Funding provided by the Otto Bremer Foundation and Willmar Area Community Foundation helped the coalition obtain the equipment and materials needed to provide the community presentations. Many of the current coalit
1. First, encourage communication by reassuring kids that they can talk to you about anything. 2. Take advantage of teachable moments. A friend's pregnancy, news article or a TV show can help start a conversation. 3. Listen more than you talk. Think about what you're being asked. Confirm with your child that what you heard is, in fact, what he or she meant to ask. 4. Don't jump to conclusions. The fact that a teen asks about sex does not mean they are having or thinking about having sex. 5. Answer questions simply and directly. Give factual, honest, short and simple answers. 6.
ATWATER -- Some residents in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District may throw their hands up in despair when they consider the financial problems and community divisions within their school district. Melissa Kaisner hopes they will instead fold their hands in prayer. She's inviting the community to meet with her at the school flag poles at 7 p.m. during the next three Sunday evenings to pray for the ACGC schools and students. "I'm one of many concerned parents who don't want to see our schools closed because of unrest," she said. This Sunday she will be at the school in Atwater.
Members of 849th Mobility Augmentation Company based out of Litchfield return home from deployment The thud-thud-thud of a hovering helicopter, the piercing fire engine sirens and the roar of Harley-Davidson motorcycles ridden by members of the Patriot Guard couldn't drown out the cheers of people who welcomed home 94 Minnesota National Guard members Wednesday in Litchfield. The 849th Mobility Augmentation Company returned home after an 11-month deployment, including nine months in Iraq. As the buses stopped in front of the Litchfield Armory, soldiers quickly filed out and walked through a
Rick Nordin thought it was one of the guys joking around when he answered the phone and was told that the band he put together in 1984 was going to be inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame this weekend. He soon realized the call wasn't a prank. "I had goose bumps for an hour," said Nordin of Lake Lillian, who organized the Doc Holliday Band 24 years ago as a "weekend band of married guys." With a style of music that transitioned from Texas swing to southern rock to "country with a kick" to Top 40, the Doc Holliday Band had five or six members at any given time.
LITCHFIELD - Members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company were welcomed home Wednesday during a celebration held at the Litchfield Armory. The 94 members had been deployed for 11 months, including nine months in Iraq. "We are extremely happy to have them home," said Lt. Col. Dan Hoben, who officially welcomed the troops home and then dismissed them from duty as anxious family members and friends waited on the other side of the auditorium. Although Gov.
ATWATER -- Roger Rueckert will take over as the new part-time, interim superintendent at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District on July 1. He will replace Dr. Keith Redfield, who served in that interim position for one year. Rueckert was superintendent at the MACCRAY School District, but most recently worked in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District before retiring. During a special meeting last week, the School Board approved a one-year contract, with the option of extending the contract for two years. His salary was set at $67,236.
GROVE CITY -- Financial projections indicate the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District could get out of statutory operating debt this summer, even though an operating levy was defeated by voters last year. But the price to get there has been steep, and the financial status will be short-lived. Using rough figures that contain unknown factors, like future student enrollment, state funding and inflationary costs like the price of fuel, it's projected ACGC will get out of statutory operating debt in June. But it would take a good dose of optimism to expect the district to stay out of statu