A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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ATWATER - While sitting around a table in the lunchroom for a quick breakfast before classes started Thursday, a group of high school juniors said they were disappointed that additional funding for their school was once again voted down. On Tuesday, voters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District defeated an operating levy by a 23-vote margin.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County is searching for more families to be foster parents and adoptive parents. The need is especially great for siblings who want to be adopted together, and for older children who often languish in foster care and are never adopted. During a report Tuesday from the county's Family Services Department, Tina Mages said it is "not an easy job" to recruit people to adopt children who are wards of the state. So far in 2007, six adoptions have been finalized in the county and four are still waiting to be adopted.
WILLMAR -- A state audit of Kandiyohi County's finances for 2006 were reviewed Tuesday by the county commissioners during their regular meeting. Chuck Knandel, from the state auditor's office, presented highlights from the report. He said last year's governmental activities had total net assets of $114,982,654.
GROVE CITY -- For the fourth time in the past three years -- and for the second time in 2007 -- voters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District have turned back a request to in-crease the operating levy. Unofficial results from Tuesday's election show the levy proposal failed by 23 votes, with 1,059 "no" votes and 1,036 "yes" votes. The proposal on the ballot called for revoking the existing $650 operating levy and replacing it with a new $1,075 levy, for a net difference of $425 per pupil.
WILLMAR -- An idea floated recently by Sen. Joe Gimse to offer worker identification cards to undocumented immigrants in Minnesota is generating more than a little buzz -- much of it negative. The West Central Tribune Online logged more than 100 comments this week.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota has an annual 10-year transportation funding shortfall of $2.4 billion and is in "such disarray" that counties and cities are taxing property owners to pay for state highway projects. That's why a gas tax increase, as well as other revenue-enhancing methods, is needed, according to Tim Worke, a former Minnesota Department of Transportation employee who is now the director of the transportation and highway division of the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota.
CLARA CITY -- After a train derailment Monday put the town of Clara City into a whirl of emergency activities, including the evacuation of about 400 residents and the closure of roads, it was back to business as usual Tuesday. The highway was open, the bridge was open, the main rail line was open, businesses were open. The Red Cross volunteers had left, local emergency response volunteers were back at their regular jobs and kids were in school. "We're back to normal as a city," said City Administrator Sara Folsted.
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GROVE CITY -- As volunteers pored over rough drafts of a get-out-the-vote brochure to promote the Nov. 6 levy referendum in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District, they reiterated the need to stay positive. The group, called Kids First, is putting together a flyer that will focus on the successes in the district.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Joe Gimse said he'd like to see Minnesota offer worker ID cards to illegal immigrants. Doing so would allow "hard-working" undocumented immigrants who are already living here to get "out of the shadows" and work at businesses that need, and want, them. The Willmar Republican said employer-sponsored identification cards would remove the "criminal aspect" of being here to work.