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 -- Programs that provide inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for children will be closed in Brainerd but expanded in Willmar. The result is a net loss of 11 beds in the State Operated Services system for children between the ages of 6 and 18 who need inpatient hospitalization for mental health care. The consolidation of the inpatient component of the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services program was the result of a "recent business decision," based on census trends and availability of other services, said Patrice Vick, communications director for the Department of Human S
ATWATER -- After adding a few windows, moving a couple doors and expanding the library space, members of the Atwater City Council have approved a preliminary drawing for a proposed new municipal building. The action was taken during a special meeting Monday afternoon. It's hoped that blueprints of the plan will be completed by Wednesday night, when the council holds its regular meeting, so specifications can be completed and the project can be advertised for bids. If all goes according to plan, bids will be awarded in March and construction will begin in May. Much will depend on how compet
WILLMAR -- Once construction documents are completed in the next couple weeks, bids will be sought to build a bus shelter in downtown Willmar. The Kandiyohi Area Transit Joint Powers Board learned Friday that construction for the long-delayed project should begin early this spring. "It's been a very sluggish project," said John Groothuis, KAT transit director. The bus transfer shelter was supposed to have been built and in use by now, but a snag in obtaining the deed to the property from Qwest forced KAT to pass up an earlier bid and start the process over. The KAT Joint Powers Board, whic
Nick Neibauer taps his finger a couple times on the whiteboard that hangs on the wall in his high school math room. Instantly, diagrams showing congruent angles appear. With another tap, a protractor pops onto the board and he shows how the angles are measured. Another tap can show how angles are used in modern architecture. For students struggling to learn basic geometry in Neibauer's classroom at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School, the wall-sized display and demonstration can help make math easier to understand. "It really improves the visual aspects," he said.
WILLMAR -- Whether it's called Super Tuesday, Super-Duper Tuesday or Tsunami Tuesday, Minnesotans have an opportunity to be part of the process to select the next president by participating in precinct caucuses. During a swing around the region Wednesday, Sen. Tarryl Clark, the DFL assistant majority leader from St.
GROVE CITY -- Another levy referendum will be held sometime this year in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District in an attempt to raise new revenue for the financially strapped district. A special election could take place as early as April 22; however, the board may opt to wait until the general election in November. The ACGC School Board agreed Monday to put the issue to voters once again, but were split on when the referendum should be held to maximize the chances of getting it passed. ACGC voters have rejected four proposed levy increases since 2005, including two attempts made in
GROVE CITY - Another levy referendum will be held in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District, but it's undecided if that vote will take place this spring or fall. The ACGC School Board agreed Monday to put the issue to voters once again in an attempt to increase revenue for the financially strapped school district. Boardmember Janell Johnson urged the board to hold the levy in April rather than wait until the general election in November, which she said would be focused on a tight presidential race and the "doom and gloom" of the economy. Chairwoman Judy Raske said she thought April w
As any fan of the PBS series, "This Old House," knows, renovating an old building has its challenges. Toss historic preservation rules into the mix and the challenges increase exponentially. Owners of the MinnWest Technology Campus have been knee-deep in renovations since they purchased the former Willmar Regional Treatment Center two years ago.
WILLMAR -- Gary Danielson, Kandiyohi County public works director, has been named the 2007 County Engineer of the year. Danielson received the award Tuesday from the Minnesota County Engineers Association, which held its 63rd annual convention this week. Danielson began his career in civil engineering in 1971, when he worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, where he spent 10½ years. He worked as the assistant engineer for the city of Willmar before accepting the job of Kandiyohi County Engineer in 1982.
WILLMAR -- Stop signs framed with flashing lights will be installed at an intersection on North Business Highway 71, where numerous ac-cidents have happened. It's hoped the attention-getting signs will warn drivers attempting to cross the four-lane highway to "look again" before driving across lanes of traffic moving at least 55 mph. The short-term response to the problematic intersection will be implemented at the same time that a feasibility study will take place to explore long-term solutions. Options for more permanent solutions include a roundabout, a diamond interchange or installing