A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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ST. PAUL - A proposal to build a 90-bed nursing home in Willmar for veterans with mental illness cleared the Minnesota House today. As part of the $200 million bonding bill, $5 million was included for the Willmar veterans home. "It went through and it's in the bill heading to conference committee," said Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. "Everything on the House side is very good and we hope we can get some affirmation in the Senate," he said. Juhnke said he's confident Gov. Pawlenty will approve the project.
SPICER -- The promise of $2 million in federal stimulus money and a plan to have service within a year has prompted the city of Kandiyohi to turn to the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District as a new partner. The town of 555 intends to abandon its 60-year-old mechanical sewer system and instead send its sewage through 13 miles of new pipeline to the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District treatment plant near Spicer. During a special meeting Thursday, the district board unanimously agreed to bring Kandiyohi into the district. Barring any snags, the project will proceed and const
WILLMAR -- Last year the YMCA child care center fielded five to six calls every day from people looking for childcare services. This year they've been getting five to six calls a week. "There is a change there," said Donna Brau, child care program director of the center, located at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building in Willmar.
ATWATER -- The city of Atwater will give up ownership of the Hotel Atwater as well as a $90,000 state grant to renovate the historic structure. "Of course it's disappointing," said Suzanne Meyerson, who had sold the two-story building to the city for $1 last year so it could be refurbished for city use.
WILLMAR -- One absentee ballot from Kandiyohi County and four from Lac qui Parle County have risen to the top in the ongoing election recount saga between Norm Coleman and Al Franken. Those five ballots are some of the thousands that may have been wrongly rejected on election night and among the 400 ballots that the state's three-judge panel may actually count for the U.S.
WILLMAR -- Funding for a 90-bed veterans specialized mental health nursing home in Willmar is included in a $200 million House supplemental bonding bill. The bill was introduced late Monday, is expected to pass through committees this week and get final approval in the House next Monday, according to Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. The bill includes $5 million in state bonding for the proposed $21 million project. Federal and local funds would also be needed. Juhnke said he doesn't want the project to die this year.
WILLMAR - Funding for a veterans mental health nursing home in Willmar is included in a $200 million House supplemental bonding bill. The bill was introduced last night, is expected to pass through committees this week and get final approval in the House on Monday, according to Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. The bill includes $5 million in state bonding for the $21 million project. Federal and local funds would also be needed. Juhnke said he doesn't want the project to die this year.
More than a dozen schools in the region cancelled classes today as a late-spring storm hit the area. Community events are also being postponed. State and county crews are out and trying to keep roads cleared. Many school districts started with a two-hour late start but then cancelled classes before buses were even sent out. "We knew the forecast wasn't good," said New London-Spicer Superintendent Paul Carlson, who began monitoring the weather maps last night.
NEW LONDON -- A steady stream of customers and good-natured bantering was flowing at Bob Nelson's barbershop Friday in New London. It's always busy at the one-chair shop, but longtime customers wanted to make sure they got their $10 haircuts before Nelson closed his doors at 1 p.m. Saturday. After 43 years in the business, including 37 in his hometown, Nelson has retired. A new barber, Brad Olson, will take over the clippers when the shop opens Tuesday. "I came in on a black horse, and I want to ride out on a white horse," joked Nelson, who'll be 65 in April.
NEW LONDON -- Shortly after 5 a.m.