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WILLMAR -- When early immigrants from eastern Norway organized a reunion in 1913 in Fargo, N.D.
The spread of zebra mussels in a growing number of Minnesota lakes has the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners worried and poised to take state action to prevent the invasive species from entering lakes here. Special legislation is needed to address issues, like how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels and how to quarantine a lake that already has zebra mussels, said Chairman Dennis Peterson. The commissioners are in the process of writing a resolution for the environment and natural resources committee of the Association of Minnesota Counties to adopt as part of its 2010 legislative p
WILLMAR -- A tour of the 2009 Kandiyohi County road projects generated good reviews on Wednesday. "They do nice work," said Kandiyohi County Commissioner Dean Shuck, following a 2½-hour tour of some of the projects that have been completed and some that are still under way. The nearly $6 million budget included two total road reconstruction projects, two bridge replacements and 16 bituminous resurfacing projects scattered throughout the county.
Around 1946, when Carol Ringler was barely big enough to see over the steering wheel, she climbed into the seat of a red International Harvester Farmall B tractor and slowly inched it up and down the fields as her father and siblings picked a never-ending crop of rock. It was a tedious summer job that lasted for years. "They were hard times, but they were good times," said Ringler, of Atwater. Today, Ringler still drives a cherry-red Farmall B, but now she does it for fun and with pride.
WILLMAR -- For the last 40 years Sandy Schlosser has been an advocate for people with disabilities. That role has included taking the voluntary sentinel post in the Kandiyohi County board room to make sure the policies and programs approved by the commissioners are good for the people she unofficially represents. Knowing that the job of an advocate is never done, Schlosser has rarely missed a meeting during the last 20 years. "I know somebody needs to be there," said Schlosser, of Willmar. "I don't get tired of it. I want to keep going. ...
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is considering participating in a national prescription drug card program that would benefit uninsured or underinsured residents in the county. The National Organization of Counties offers the discount card to member counties. Under the program, every resident, without regard to income or medical eligibility, could receive the card at no cost and without filling out enrollment forms. Card holders would be guaranteed to receive prescription medications at a discount price at participating pharmacies.
WILLMAR -- By this weekend, kids caught draping trees with toilet paper against the wishes of the homeowner could be cited with a petty misdemeanor and face up to a $300 fine. The citation would also apply to other materials typically found in the backseat arsenal of a teen participating in homecoming pranks: Shaving cream, eggs, paint, chocolate syrup or any other kind of liquid, foam, food or solid material. Following a public hearing Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the county's nuisance ordinance to give the Sheriff's Department a
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners was all set to approve a slim and trim budget and levy on Tuesday, but the bill the county received on Monday for the 2010 employee health insurance coverage changed that. The county had budgeted a 10 percent increase for insurance rates for next year, said Administrator Larry Kleindl. Instead, insurance coverage is increasing 12 percent. That increase is a difference of $60,000. Most years the county could absorb the extra cost.
WILLMAR -- An amendment approved today by the Kandiyohi County Commissioners could mean a $300 fine for kids caught TP'ing during homecoming week. Under the amended nuisance ordinance, the Sheriff's Department will be able to charge people under the county's nuisance ordinance for trespassing with the intent to litter. The ordinance will give law enforcement a tool to respond to homeowners who don't want their property targeted for homecoming pranks, said County Attorney Boyd Beccue.
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