A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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SPICER -- Kids can have a hard time connecting with nature in today's digital world. That sterile separation can create apathy toward nature and little concern for protecting the environment. Not knowing how to enjoy nature can also, according to some child experts, result in greater child obesity and lower grades in school. A workshop to be held Tuesday at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is designed to teach educators, parents, day-care providers or anyone involved with young children, how to help kids connect with the outdoors. Studies have shown that kids who spend more
GROVE CITY -- Now that its goal of getting an operating levy approved has been met, the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board is setting new goals for the district. During a board retreat Monday at the Atwater Community Center, board members did some brainstorming about short-term and long-term goals that can be incorporated into the district's strategic plan for the future. Student achievement -- including improving test scores, updating the curriculum, financial management and improving communications with the public about the district emerged as the priority goals. "It's a work in progr
WILLMAR -- When it comes to roots, people from many different cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles are drawn to Willmar. Those diverse roots, which will be celebrated during the "Willmar Blend" street fair and concert, are what drew legendary folk musician Peter Yarrow to agree to perform at an evening concert Thursday in Willmar as part of a community street fair. Yarrow, a New Yorker who soared to fame in the 1960s with the singing group Peter, Paul and Mary, will perform at 8 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Just off Olena Avenue on Willmar's east side, a new 16-bed acute-care psychiatric hospital is tucked in among a mature stand of trees, a wetland, fresh landscaping that includes more than 100 new trees and a ripe wheat field. With a plum-colored exterior, cream trim and pillars and foundation made of soft-colored stone, the one-story building looks like a hybrid of a modern office building and a homey chalet. "It's gorgeous," said Kevin Bollin, director of the facility, who claims the Willmar hospital is the most attractive and thoughtfully designed building of its kind in the sta
WILLMAR -- Last week the last client was discharged from the adult mental health treatment facility on the campus of the former Willmar Regional Treatment Center, ending a nearly 100 year history in this community. On Friday, an open house will be held for a new 16-bed psychiatric hospital in Willmar with clients expected to start arriving Aug.
PENNOCK -- Well-worn, repairable cars that are no longer needed by some are being repaired and given to others as a vehicle to get out of poverty. In the month and a half since the new four-county car ownership program was launched, six vehicles have been donated and are being "reconditioned" to make sure they're mechanically safe.
WILLMAR -- Just hours before the ribbon was cut and traffic was allowed to travel on it, a new stretch of road on the west side of Willmar was given a new number. During their meeting Tuesday morning in Pennock, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners took action to designate the nearly mile-long road as County Road 5. It had been given a temporary designation as County Road 47 -- the number of the existing section of road on the south end of the project area -- while it was being constructed through the old Willmar Airport site, which is now the location of an expanding Willmar Industrial Park.
PENNOCK -- For a town of 504 people, the folks of Pennock have been busy. Mayor Kevin Crowley on Tuesday gave the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners a list of municipal projects that have been completed in the last few years. The commissioners were in Pennock on Tuesday morning to conduct their regular business meeting as part of a commitment they made this year to travel to different towns in the county. Pennock is located about four miles west of Willmar on U.S.
WILLMAR -- Every day Christie Kurth hears another heart-breaking story. There's the two-parent family burdened with the cost of caring for a child with cancer at a metro hospital, a single mom who receives infrequent child support payments, a teen who was kicked out of his home and an elderly couple on a fixed income who have never before had to ask for anything from anyone. All those individuals have something in common -- they don't have the money to buy food. As director of the Willmar Area Food Shelf, Kurth is seeing a growing number of people requesting assistance. During a report Tue
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County is in the top 10 list again for teen pregnancies. According to the most recent data released this year from the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting, Kandiyohi County ranks fifth of all 87 counties in birth rate for girls in the 15- to 17-year-old age group. The county ranks 10th in the state for its pregnancy rate for the same age range. Birth rate includes live births.