A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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Last-minute tax filers are urged to be careful not make mistakes before they mail their returns by tomorrow's midnight deadline. Those who delay are more likely to make simple errors, said Carrie Resch, from the IRS office in St. Paul. "It's typically a lot higher at the end of the season," she said. Most of the mistakes are found in those filing paper tax returns.
After spending most of the afternoon battling the grass fire, the Pennock firefighters were at the fire hall in the evening setting up tables and chairs for their annual pancake supper fundraiser. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the fire hall. Money raised will help buy equipment for the department.
PENNOCK -- A small brush fire that was fanned by east winds sparked an out-of-control grass fire Monday afternoon that burned a 1½-mile stretch of conservation reserve land and came dangerously close to a house and an out-building. It's estimated that 200 acres of grassland was burned along with live and downed trees that were in the path of the blaze. "They just lit up," said Jeff Arends, assistant fire chief from the Pennock Fire Department, which was the first of five area fire departments to respond to the call. Some sloughs and cattails in the section also burned.
WILLMAR -- Taxpayers who feel the need to vent a little after popping their tax returns in the mail Wednesday will be meeting in rallies across the country, including Willmar. The "Taxed Enough Already" event -- or Tea Party -- will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the patio of Tiffany Square on South First Street. "We want to make it fun and lighthearted ...
ATWATER -- An Xcel Energy ground wire that became frayed from rubbing against overhanging trees snapped early Saturday evening and caused minor fire damage at two Atwater homes. Atwater Fire Chief Gerald Schwartz said the ground wire had "worn out over the years" from being too close to tree branches.
WILLMAR -- During the last six months, Stacey Roberts has been speaking to numerous service groups in Kandiyohi County about the results of research that measured the strengths and weaknesses of the community's health and human services programs. The United Community Assessment of Needs survey, known as UCAN, included extensive and scientific surveys in 2007 of residents, business and community leaders and service providers. The research was designed to help Kandi-yohi County "prioritize health and human service" and find ways to "identify gaps in our services," Roberts said. Roberts, who i
OLIVIA -- A 34-year-old Colorado woman was killed and a Bird Island man was critically injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Olivia in Renville County. Jennifer Hengel, a 1992 graduate of the MACCRAY School District who was living in Colorado Springs, was killed. Her 2003 Dodge Stratus collided with a 2002 Freightliner semi driven by Gordon Sing, 61, of Bird Island. Hengel was going east on Renville County Road 4. Sing was traveling south on U.S.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this week a list of 223 state highway and bridge projects that will be completed this year. The projects have a combined construction cost of $1.4 billion. There are 14 projects in District 8, headquartered in Willmar, with a total construction cost of $26 million. Some of those projects are minor, such as the $27,000 addition of warning flashers and lighting on state Highway 23 in Chippewa County and a $261,614 bridge desk repair on U.S.
OLIVIA - A 34-year old Colorado woman was killed and a Bird Island man was critically injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Olivia. Jennifer Hengel, a 1992 graduate of the MACCRAY School District who was living in Colorado Springs, Colo. was killed. Her 2003 Dodge Stratus collided with a 2002 Freightliner semi driven by Gordon Sing, 61, of Bird Island. Sing was critically injured. Hengel was going east on Renville County Road 4. Sing was traveling south on U.S.
BENSON -- Gravel roads and culverts are washed out in nearly every township in Swift County because of early spring flooding, leading the county to apply for an emergency disaster declaration. Damage estimates are at nearly $200,000 in 15 townships. Surveys are being done in the remaining six townships, and damage estimates are expected to increase. At its meeting Tuesday the Swift County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to seek a declaration of emergency disaster status to obtain funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Auditor Byron Giese. Based on the