A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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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 township, and damage estimates are expected to increase. At their meeting Tuesday the Swift County Commissioners approved a resolution to seek a declaration of emergency disaster status to obtain funds from the Federal Emergency Agency.
MnDOT seeks input on rail and transit plans Public input is being sought for development of a statewide freight and passenger rail plan.
WILLMAR -- Bids awarded Tuesday for summer road projects in Kandiyohi County came in well below estimates. The savings will allow the county to do more road work than initially planned. It will also give the county a financial cushion if the state shaves away the 2009 local government aid. Given the low bids, the county could have done even more road projects if it wasn't facing the prospect of losing $600,000 in state aid this year, said Kandiyohi County Public Works Director Gary Danielson. The public works department could be expected to contribute about $300,000 from this year's budget
WILLMAR - Bids awarded today for summer road projects in Kandiyohi County came in well below estimates. Bituminous over-lay work on 11 different county and township roads had a total estimated cost of $2.7 million. Duinincks Bros. Inc. of Prinsburg came in with the low bid of $2,534,678, which was nearly 6.5 percent under the estimate. A project to replace a bridge on County Road 39 was nearly 37 percent below the $627,343 es-timate.
ST. PAUL -- A proposal to build a 90-bed nursing home in Willmar for veterans with mental illness cleared the Minnesota House on Monday. As part of the $200 million bonding bill, $5 million was included for the Willmar veterans home. "It went through and it's in the bill heading to conference committee," said Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. "Everything on the House side is very good, and we hope we can get some affirmation in the Senate," he said. Juhnke said he's confident Gov. Pawlenty will approve the project.
ST. PAUL - A proposal to build a 90-bed nursing home in Willmar for veterans with mental illness cleared the Minnesota House today. As part of the $200 million bonding bill, $5 million was included for the Willmar veterans home. "It went through and it's in the bill heading to conference committee," said Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. "Everything on the House side is very good and we hope we can get some affirmation in the Senate," he said. Juhnke said he's confident Gov. Pawlenty will approve the project.
SPICER -- The promise of $2 million in federal stimulus money and a plan to have service within a year has prompted the city of Kandiyohi to turn to the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District as a new partner. The town of 555 intends to abandon its 60-year-old mechanical sewer system and instead send its sewage through 13 miles of new pipeline to the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District treatment plant near Spicer. During a special meeting Thursday, the district board unanimously agreed to bring Kandiyohi into the district. Barring any snags, the project will proceed and const
WILLMAR -- Last year the YMCA child care center fielded five to six calls every day from people looking for childcare services. This year they've been getting five to six calls a week. "There is a change there," said Donna Brau, child care program director of the center, located at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building in Willmar.
ATWATER -- The city of Atwater will give up ownership of the Hotel Atwater as well as a $90,000 state grant to renovate the historic structure. "Of course it's disappointing," said Suzanne Meyerson, who had sold the two-story building to the city for $1 last year so it could be refurbished for city use.
WILLMAR -- One absentee ballot from Kandiyohi County and four from Lac qui Parle County have risen to the top in the ongoing election recount saga between Norm Coleman and Al Franken. Those five ballots are some of the thousands that may have been wrongly rejected on election night and among the 400 ballots that the state's three-judge panel may actually count for the U.S.