A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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NEW LONDON -- Like most small town governments, the New London City Council was worried about state cuts even before the legislative session ended. Now, with Gov.
WILLMAR -- With Gov. Pawlenty's line-item veto of $381 million for the General Assistance Medical Care program, nearly 400 Kandiyohi County residents could be left without health insurance. The single adults who are currently in the program are "some of the poorest of our poor adults in Kandiyohi County," said Jay Kieft, Kandiyohi County Family Services director.
WILLMAR -- When Gov. Tim Pawlenty cuts $2.7 billion from the state budget, Rep.
WILLMAR -- A plan to revamp an intersection that has a high accident history, including a fatality last month, was endorsed Tuesday on a 4-1 vote by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The design is a combination of two plans prepared by a consultant hired by the county, the city of Willmar and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Staff from all three entities met Monday and agreed the combined plan was the best alternative for reducing accidents and increasing safety at an affordable cost, said Kandiyohi County Public Works Director Gary Danielson. "It's a good safety solut
SPICER -- A one-way traffic route that was implemented this month on Skyline Drive has made a change in how traffic flows around Green Lake. The change has reduced and slowed traffic on the nearly mile-long section of lakeside road, and that's a good thing according to people who live there. "I'm thrilled that we got this," Linda Mickelson. Mickelson was one of a number of people who lobbied the Kandiyohi County Commissioners to alter the traffic pattern on the road because of safety concerns. A proposal to close off the street entirely with a cul-de-sac was dismissed in favor of the inexp
The new motto for swimming beaches at most of Kandiyohi County's parks this summer will be "swim at your own risk." In a cost-cutting move that will save $12,000 to $15,000 a year, lifeguards have been eliminated at four county park beaches. Lifeguards on the Mill Pond at the New London city park, which are paid for with county and city funds, have also been cut. "I'm just hoping we don't have a tragedy.
NEW LONDON -- As people started checking in early Friday morning at Sibley State Park for a weekend of camping, the office staff there received an urgent email about the emerald ash borer that will affect all visitors at every state park. The notice gave firm instructions for park personnel to question overnight visitors about whether they had firewood with them. Campers will be asked to voluntarily give up unapproved wood and exchange it for certified bundles of wood that's for sale at the parks. If they don't, they could risk confiscation and a citation by a conservation officer. The oth
WILLMAR -- Counting every single person living in Minnesota next spring -- including snowbirds in Arizona and undocumented immigrants working in Willmar -- could make the difference between Minnesota having eight congressional representatives or seven. "We're about 2,000 people short of losing a seat," said Barbara Ronningen, a demographer from the Minnesota Department of Administration, in Willmar Wednesday to talk about the 2010 census. "It's not a big number," she said, but it will "take a little bit of work" to make sure the state's population is counted and its political power unchanged
Scott Edman has a big sweet tooth that needs satisfying and a bird feeder that needs frequent filling. Both tasks require a trip to the grocery store at least one a week. Because physical injuries prevent him from driving, getting to a store is difficult. In the past he could call in an order to New London's grocery store, The Big Store, and employees would deliver groceries to him. They even put the groceries away in the cupboard. But when the town's only grocery store closed last month, Edman -- like many other residents in town -- was stuck. "It hurt me.
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit was approved Monday that will allow a construction company to mine, crush and wash aggregate for 24 hours a day, five days a week, at a site in Roseville Township. The permit also allows Knife River, a Montana Dakota Utilities Resources Company, to operate a hot asphalt plant there from 6 a.m.