A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County has won a civil lawsuit filed by New London Township residents concerning a permit for an asphalt hot-mix plant. In a court ruling filed Jan. 7, District Judge Michael Thompson sided with the county in the case. "I'm glad the court found in our favor," said County Administrator Larry Kleindl, with a note of wariness. "But it's not a victory you stand up and cheer about," he said.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Auditor Sam Modderman didn't realize Tuesday that he is on Al Franken's list of potential witnesses in the Senate recount trial. Thursday he gave a deposition to the Franken campaign. "I thought that might've taken care of it," said Modderman.
WILLMAR -- Willmar's new downtown bus shelter could eventually serve as a community billboard. Electronic message boards that operate on three sides of the Becker Bus Station, located at Becker Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest, will be available to advertise community functions, according to a preliminary policy reviewed Tuesday by the Kandiyohi Area Transit's operations board. Board member Kevin Halliday said the board may establish a "pecking order" for who would have priority to claim space and time on the message board, which runs along the top of the new brick and glass bus shelter.
GROVE CITY -- With a room full of young women looking on, the case was made Monday to make dance line an official winter sport in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. The board did not take action on the request but will take it up at a later date. Since it began four years ago, the junior varsity and varsity program has grown from a dozen members to 21 team members.
WILLMAR -- Starting today, military veterans from Kandiyohi County will be riding a little more comfortably when they make the trek to Veterans Affairs hospitals in St.
WILLMAR -- The economic slump has hit the recycling market, with lower prices being paid for products like cardboard, newspaper and aluminum. The bottom dropped out of the market in October following months of high demand and high revenues for recycling programs, like the one operated by Kandiyohi County. "It's tough.
Dressed in an overcoat and hat drenched in gasoline, "Tom" sits on a pile of newspapers making flowers for his deceased mother, whom he misses dearly and to whom he is talking in a rambling mumble. "I know, mom. I know. I'm coming." There are cigarette lighters beside him. "I'm going home to my mom," Tom tells a police officer who has been called to the scene. "Stop, Tom. Put down the lighter, Tom," said Aaron Berry, from the Hutchinson Police Department, as Tom gets increasingly agitated. "Stop, Tom.
WILLMAR -- A unique donation program that gives cars to low-income people has experienced phenomenal growth. Since it was started last year, Heartland Community Action Agency's "Helping people get there" program has collected 29 vehicles to provide low-income families with reliable transportation to work and school. Most of the vehicles have been donated by area residents.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota's high unemployment rate has triggered a federal waiver in the food support program that will provide additional benefits for some people. Able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 50 and who have no children will now be able to obtain food support every month for one year. The new provision went into effect Jan. 1. It expires Dec. 31.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota legislators are asking citizens to stuff the suggestion box with ideas for solving the state's $4.8 billion deficit. Meetings will be conducted around the state this winter and an on-line suggestion box is already up and running for people to submit ideas on ways to save money and improve the state's system for delivering services, said Rep.