A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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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 -- 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.
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 -- 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 -- A state audit of Kandiyohi County's 2007 finances uncovered some deficiencies in internal control and how some items were reported, but there were no instances of noncompliance with the financial statement. Chuck Knandel, from the state auditor's office, presented a brief overview of the audit Tuesday to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The audit is for 2007. A backlog with the state is causing significant delays in when counties receive the information. County Administrator Larry Kleindl said the county has been working with the state to correct any issues.
WILLMAR -- In light of Minnesota's deficit and expected state budget cuts to human services, Kandiyohi County is looking for ways to reduce expenses while still providing essential services. In this "resource-challenged environment," ways to become more efficient and find "other ways to get the same stuff done" are being sought, said Kandiyohi County Family Services Director Jay Kieft on Tuesday during the County Board meeting. His team of department heads has already found potential ways to save money, he said, and everything is being considered for future adjustments. Kieft said it's impo