A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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BENSON -- Concerned that the potential closure of Benson's only General Motors dealership could cause hardship to the community and residents, the Swift County Board of Commissioners took a public stand this week to defend the business. On a unanimous vote the commissioners approved a resolution urging General Motors to keep Swenson Motor Company open and operating. The Benson City Council and Economic Development Authority are expected to take the same action, said Byron Giese, Swift County Auditor. It's hoped that official statements of support from local governments will persuade the tro
ATWATER -- Atwater residents are still mulling whether the city should renovate the historic Hotel Atwater and turn it into a city office, or walk away and keep city services where they're at. The city's Economic Development Authority is looking for volunteer committee members to research those options so that an informed decision can be made. A community meeting on the issue Tuesday drew about 20 people and generated a lot of questions about the financial feasibility of restoring the once-grand hotel.
WILLMAR -- Diamond Lake residents have agreed to work with Kandiyohi County and the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District to develop a sanitary sewer system on the lake. What that system is, however, may still be a point of discussion.
NEW LONDON -- Like most small town governments, the New London City Council was worried about state cuts even before the legislative session ended. Now, with Gov.
WILLMAR -- When Gov. Tim Pawlenty cuts $2.7 billion from the state budget, Rep.
WILLMAR -- With Gov. Pawlenty's line-item veto of $381 million for the General Assistance Medical Care program, nearly 400 Kandiyohi County residents could be left without health insurance. The single adults who are currently in the program are "some of the poorest of our poor adults in Kandiyohi County," said Jay Kieft, Kandiyohi County Family Services director.
WILLMAR -- A plan to revamp an intersection that has a high accident history, including a fatality last month, was endorsed Tuesday on a 4-1 vote by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The design is a combination of two plans prepared by a consultant hired by the county, the city of Willmar and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Staff from all three entities met Monday and agreed the combined plan was the best alternative for reducing accidents and increasing safety at an affordable cost, said Kandiyohi County Public Works Director Gary Danielson. "It's a good safety solut
SPICER -- A one-way traffic route that was implemented this month on Skyline Drive has made a change in how traffic flows around Green Lake. The change has reduced and slowed traffic on the nearly mile-long section of lakeside road, and that's a good thing according to people who live there. "I'm thrilled that we got this," Linda Mickelson. Mickelson was one of a number of people who lobbied the Kandiyohi County Commissioners to alter the traffic pattern on the road because of safety concerns. A proposal to close off the street entirely with a cul-de-sac was dismissed in favor of the inexp
The new motto for swimming beaches at most of Kandiyohi County's parks this summer will be "swim at your own risk." In a cost-cutting move that will save $12,000 to $15,000 a year, lifeguards have been eliminated at four county park beaches. Lifeguards on the Mill Pond at the New London city park, which are paid for with county and city funds, have also been cut. "I'm just hoping we don't have a tragedy.
NEW LONDON -- As people started checking in early Friday morning at Sibley State Park for a weekend of camping, the office staff there received an urgent email about the emerald ash borer that will affect all visitors at every state park. The notice gave firm instructions for park personnel to question overnight visitors about whether they had firewood with them. Campers will be asked to voluntarily give up unapproved wood and exchange it for certified bundles of wood that's for sale at the parks. If they don't, they could risk confiscation and a citation by a conservation officer. The oth