A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- The weariness that rims Joline Hovland's strikingly blue eyes conveyed the weight of loss, grief and questions that will never be answered. With her voice wavering at times, Hovland talked about her red-headed son, Troy, who had a "beautiful smile" and loved animals and kids. Every day that they spoke, Troy said, "I love you, Mom," and Hovland told Troy that she loved him. It's what they did, and they meant it. The last time mother and son exchanged those words was Jan. 26, 2000 -- the day that Troy died from suicide.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Planning Commission approved conditional use permits for five businesses during its meeting Monday. No one spoke in opposition to any of the proposals and all the requests were unanimously approved by the seven-member advisory board. As part of their action, the board will recommend that the Kandiyohi County Commissioners give final approval to the conditional use permits. The county board will consider the recommendations at their meeting next Tuesday. The conditional permits include: - Patrick Kelly, owner of CastAir, intends to move his cast iron compres
In 1906, when Theodore Roosevelt was president and San Francisco was reeling from a devastating earthquake, members of the Crow River Lutheran Church of rural Belgrade made the decision to commission the construction of a grand pipe organ. The church's Aurora Young Peoples Society and the Ladies Aid agreed to raise the necessary $1,465. A year later, when business failures triggered the nationwide economic panic of 1907 and what was known as "Indian Territory" became the state of Oklahoma, the organ was installed.
A copy of the contract, signed in 1906 between the Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Belgrade and the Votteler-Hettche Organ Company, set out the legal parameters for construction and payment of the eight-rank tracker pipe organ. An attachment to the contract includes details of the construction for the organ, which has been an integral part of the church's worship services for 100 years. The following are some of the details of the construction the congregation requested for its organ, written with words and a style that reflects the care the church wanted the organ company to take -- and
WILLMAR -- Willmar is no closer to regaining its taxi service than it was six months ago when the cab company quit providing rides in town. Kandiyohi Area Transit had agreed this spring to subsidize taxi rides in order to make it easier for the company to do business here. But John Groothuis, director of KAT, said efforts to re-establish the taxi service in Willmar have turned into a "clumsy" process with no quick or easy solutions. During the KAT joint powers board meeting Friday, Groothuis said he had hoped that the taxi company, Care Transportation Inc. of St.
WILLMAR -- A mother and father with two young children may seem like the perfect family. But add poverty, drug addiction, homelessness, no running water and emotionally and physically abused parents to the mix, and the results are more than troubling. But with the help of Kandiyohi County social workers and supporting community programs, families like the one described can be helped. "We're asking for a whole life change for this family," said Julie Nelson, a county social worker. During a report presented Tuesday to the Kandiyohi County Commissioners, Nelson and other case workers talked
WILLMAR -- It cost Kandiyohi County $1.2 million to install independent heating and hot-water services to seven county-owned buildings on the Willmar Regional Treatment Center campus. The county will receive reimbursement from the state for a majority of the cost. The new infrastructure was necessary after most of the campus, and the power plant that provided heat and hot water to all the campus buildings, was sold to MinnWest Technology, a private company that's developing a technology campus. Kandiyohi County bought seven buildings and leases five of those to the state for human services
NEW LONDON -- The tire collection Saturday at the Kandiyohi County Landfill will be anything but free for Kandiyohi County. The number of tires generated during the free, one-day collection far exceeded expectations -- and so will the final bill, which could be around $100,000. Nevertheless, the collection was called a success. "It met the goal of removing tires from people's property. We're excited about it being successful," said County Administrator Larry Kleindl. The event was held during Earth Week.
WILLMAR -- With an extra nickel a pound as an incentive, people flooded the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center last week to cash in their aluminum cans. The special Earth Week event generated 32,031 pounds of aluminum, or about 1 million cans. It was the most aluminum ever redeemed during a single week at the center, said Terry Rice, recycling operations manager for West Central Industries. "I don't know where they all come from." At least one person brought in more than 400 pounds of cans. "We had a great, great week.
WILLMAR - It's amazing how many sounds there are when it's quiet. Under a cool, gray sky Wednesday outside the Willmar Civic Center, sounds of grief, honor and respect rolled across the grounds as family, friends, military personnel, political leaders and community members arrived and departed the funeral of Army Sgt. Joshua Schmit. The 26-year-old Willmar High School graduate was killed by a roadside bomb April 14 in Iraq, just 10 days before his tour was to have ended. As birds began their early morning songs, Trudie Guptill and T.C.