A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- As inspections on state bridges have been taking place this week in response to a new state mandate, Kandiyohi County officials are inspecting county and township bridges and finalizing a list of bridges that need to be replaced. There are nine bridges so far on the priority list, said Ray Krossman, assistant engineer with the Kandiyohi County Highway Department. There are approximately 110 bridges in the county. The list will be presented Tuesday to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners during the regular meeting.
ATWATER -- Public hearings will be held Sept. 5 to discuss whether the Atwater City Council should vacate an alley and a street and turn the property over to abutting landowners. At its meeting Wednesday, the council received a petition from residents and the Atwater Elevator, asking that an alley by the elevator be vacated. That alley goes through a slough and exists, for the most part, only on paper.
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit for an outdoor shooting range in Lake Andrew Township was denied on a 5-1 vote Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The commissioners agreed with neighboring property owners, who cited noise and safety concerns. Although the zoning staff had recommended approving the site and some commission members teetered back and forth prior to the vote, Richard Larson cast the only yes vote. "As far as I see it, it's not a bad place for a range," Larson said. Those voting against the permit were Ed Huseby, Jerry Magnuson, Dennis Goehring, Gwynne Ander
SPICER -- Proposals to expand the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District to nearly 300 homes on three lakes near Spicer will be discussed during informational meetings today and Saturday. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is considering a proposal to bring sanitary sewer lines to Nest, Henderson and George lakes to replace individual septic systems. Sewage would be treated at the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District facility east of Spicer.
GROVE CITY -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m.
WILLMAR -- The commissioners are continuing to seek information about the financial benefits of implementing a gravel tax. Don Walsh, a consultant who specializes in county gravel tax issues, told the commissioners on Tuesday that Kandiyohi County could generate $40,000 to $50,000 a year by taxing gravel that's mined in the county. He said Kandiyohi County's gravel is already being taxed by neighboring counties, including Meeker, Stearns and Pope.
WILLMAR -- Parties and paintball guns will be affected by action taken Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners approved an amendment to the county's existing ordinance on parties and adopted a new ordinance on the transportation and use of paintball guns within the county. The changes will go into effect upon publication. Paintball guns, which have been used to cause vandalism, especially during high school homecoming shenanigans, will now be treated the same as other guns when it comes to carrying them in vehicles. In recent years kids have hit homes, veh
WILLMAR -- In two tie-breaking votes Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved conditional use permits for Jennie-O Turkey Store to build four new barns near Hawick, in Roseville Township. But an interim ordinance that was given final approval Monday night by the Roseville Town Board places a one-year moratorium on feedlot expansions in the entire township.
WILLMAR -- All but one of the 11 bids submitted for construction of the new mental health facility in Willmar were under the $3.1 million estimate. Bids were opened Tuesday for the 16-bed community behavioral hospital during a meeting of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, but action was not taken. The bids will be analyzed by the architect to make sure all the specifications were met. The final approval of the contract is expected to be taken during the next County Board meeting on Aug.
WILLMAR -- Homemade pies, baked chicken, corn on the cob, garden salads and a hefty dollop of 4-H tradition and pluck are served up every day in the 4-H food booth during the Kandiyohi County Fair. While diners in the screened-in restaurant take a respite from the fairgrounds and enjoy healthful alternatives to corn dogs and cotton candy, they are most likely oblivious to the buzz of activity in the lower level of the building, where a mother and daughter team orchestrate a fine dance of menus, ingredients and 4-H volunteers. The result is some mighty fine food. "We have a recipe book, but