A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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ATWATER -- Just when the lifeline was ready to be unplugged from the Hotel Atwater renovation project, CPR is being performed. Last month the council agreed to return a $90,000 grant to the Minnesota Historical Society and deed the historic building back to its previous owner. The council was expected to approve a formal resolution Tuesday to make all that happen. But between the two meetings, community residents started lobbying for the project.
WILLMAR -- Expansion of a confinement hog operation in Colfax Township was unanimously approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. When the two additional barns are built at the Dale and Deb Anderson farm, the structures will house 4,500 hogs, or 1,350 animal units. Their facility currently holds 2,500 hogs, or 750 animal units. Plans also call for an office to be constructed on the barn site. As part of the conditional use permit, the Planning Commission agreed to use language that is more restrictive than state requirements when it comes to incorporating the manure into
WILLMAR -- Wednesday's fatal accident near the Health and Human Services building has renewed a sense of urgency to redesign the accident-plagued intersection. Jon Henslin, Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 traffic engineer in Willmar, said he intends to hold a meeting with the city and county soon to finalize a plan for MnDOT engineers to complete this year so that construction can begin in 2010. "What a tragedy when it's a loss of life," Henslin said. Local government entities have "put so much time" into trying to figure out why the intersection is so dangerous and how to
WILLMAR -- The stress and rush of meeting today's midnight deadline to file 2008 tax returns could result in people making mistakes. Last-minute tax filers are more likely to make simple errors, said Carrie Resch, IRS spokeswoman in St. Paul. "It's typically a lot higher at the end of the season," she said. Of the 2.6 million Minnesotans that will file tax returns this year, about 40 percent will be filed in the last two weeks. Most of the mistakes are found in those filing paper tax returns.
Last-minute tax filers are urged to be careful not make mistakes before they mail their returns by tomorrow's midnight deadline. Those who delay are more likely to make simple errors, said Carrie Resch, from the IRS office in St. Paul. "It's typically a lot higher at the end of the season," she said. Most of the mistakes are found in those filing paper tax returns.
After spending most of the afternoon battling the grass fire, the Pennock firefighters were at the fire hall in the evening setting up tables and chairs for their annual pancake supper fundraiser. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the fire hall. Money raised will help buy equipment for the department.
PENNOCK -- A small brush fire that was fanned by east winds sparked an out-of-control grass fire Monday afternoon that burned a 1½-mile stretch of conservation reserve land and came dangerously close to a house and an out-building. It's estimated that 200 acres of grassland was burned along with live and downed trees that were in the path of the blaze. "They just lit up," said Jeff Arends, assistant fire chief from the Pennock Fire Department, which was the first of five area fire departments to respond to the call. Some sloughs and cattails in the section also burned.
WILLMAR -- Taxpayers who feel the need to vent a little after popping their tax returns in the mail Wednesday will be meeting in rallies across the country, including Willmar. The "Taxed Enough Already" event -- or Tea Party -- will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the patio of Tiffany Square on South First Street. "We want to make it fun and lighthearted ...
ATWATER -- An Xcel Energy ground wire that became frayed from rubbing against overhanging trees snapped early Saturday evening and caused minor fire damage at two Atwater homes. Atwater Fire Chief Gerald Schwartz said the ground wire had "worn out over the years" from being too close to tree branches.
WILLMAR -- During the last six months, Stacey Roberts has been speaking to numerous service groups in Kandiyohi County about the results of research that measured the strengths and weaknesses of the community's health and human services programs. The United Community Assessment of Needs survey, known as UCAN, included extensive and scientific surveys in 2007 of residents, business and community leaders and service providers. The research was designed to help Kandi-yohi County "prioritize health and human service" and find ways to "identify gaps in our services," Roberts said. Roberts, who i