A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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A glowing chandelier, just like you'd find hanging above any American dining room table, will be suspended in the sky above an entire two-story house in New London on Saturday evening. Held aloft by helium-filled weather balloons that will be tethered in the yard at 117 Birch Street, the chandelier will be part of a one-day art show in the home of Andrew Nordin and Lisa Bergh. "I think it'll be beautiful to look at," said Bergh.
GROVE CITY -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board is expected to receive a letter of resignation/early retirement from Pamela Kyllingstad during a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the district office conference room. Kyllingstad has been with the district for 30 years and had been superintendent since 1982 before she was replaced July 1 by interim Superintendent Dr. Keith Redfield.
GROVE CITY -- Residents from each of the three towns in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District, as well as school staff members, are being asked to participate in four separate community meetings to help create a plan for the school's future. The meetings, which will be facilitated by researchers from Minnesota State University-Mankato, will take place during the first two weeks of August. The School Board will hold a special meeting Aug. 20 to hear the groups' recommendations, which could be used to create an "action plan" for the district, according to Dr.
WILLMAR -- Although the Willmar Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit last week for construction of a 16-bed psychiatric hospital, there are still a couple steps to take before construction can begin. Kandiyohi County is seeking permission to build the acute-care behavioral hospital off Olena Avenue Southeast, near the YMCA. The facility is one of 10 being built in Minnesota to replace the phased-out regional treatment centers. On Aug.
WILLMAR -- A citizen group's environmental concerns about Kandiyohi County gravel pits, which led all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court, is the subject of another round of legal activity. Citizens Advocating Responsible Development has filed a request for summary judgment in District Court, saying the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners didn't adequately follow the Supreme Court's orders for conducting an environmental evaluation of proposed gravel mines. John Mack, the attorney for the group, said the County Board "simply didn't address the concerns of the Sup-reme Court with re
HUTCHINSON -- An hour before Nancy Kottke's son, Brandon, was set to arrive Thursday in Hutchinson, the Stewart woman was on her hands and knees taping "welcome home" posters to the floor of an auditorium on the McLeod County Fairgrounds. Keeping her hands busy helped keep her emotions in check, she said. Across the room, 24-year-old Misty Nelson of Willmar was trying to calm her 15-month-old son, Isaac, who was in desperate need of a nap. As Isaac squirmed in his stroller, Misty fidgeted with nervous energy as she waited for her husband, Tony. "I want to see him.
HUTCHINSON - Hugs and tears of joy were abundant Thursday in Hutchinson as family and friends greeted 91 National Guard soldiers who returned home after a 22-month deployment. I am happy now," said Alma Nelson, 93, of Canby, who was at the McLeod County Fairgrounds to welcome her great-grandson, Tony Nelson, back to Minnesota.
SPICER -- Members of the Green Lake Property Owners Association have pooled their money to fight Eurasian water milfoil on their lake. On Friday, if there's no wind, the non-native, invasive aquatic weed will be treated with a herbicide in 47 different locations on the lake. The Indian Beach Harbor will also be treated. Applying the 2,4-D herbicide, called Navigate, will help control the weed, but won't eradicate it, said Tom Snook, sales manager for Lake Restoration Inc., the company contracted to do the job.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar man who was studying for the ministry, where he would've been in a position of authority with young people, must now register as a predatory sex offender. Baltimore Medina Jr., 22, was sentenced Monday on one felony count of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. Two other charges were dismissed. Medina, who is described as being charismatic and manipulative and had an informal leadership role at his church, is charged with having sex with a girl on several occasions in 2005 and 2006.
GROVE CITY -- Dr.