A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- An economic downturn that could bring federal and state budget cuts to county programs will be the biggest challenge facing Kandiyohi County in 2009.
WILLMAR -- Plans are being put in place to start a new bus route to exclusively serve the New London and Spicer communities. John Groothuis, transit director for Kandiyohi Area Transit, said Tuesday that a $110,000 state grant has been awarded to expand the county system. The new service is expected to start next spring. KAT buses already provide rides in the northern part of the county, but the new bus would be dedicated solely for residents in and around the two communities, Groothuis said.
GROVE CITY -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board got the official word Monday that the financially struggling school is out of statutory operating debt. A report on the 2007-08 audit, presented by Steve Wischmann from Kern, DeWenter & Viere during the school board meeting, shows the district's unreserved general fund account is at $28,699. The district is "in the black -- barely," said Roger Rueckert, interim superintendent. Last month the district's business manager said early indications were that the district would be out of debt.
WILLMAR -- Plans are being put in place to start a new bus route to exclusively serve the New London and Spicer communities. John Groothuis, transit director for the Kandiyohi Area Transit, said Tuesday that a $110,000 state grant has been awarded to expand the county system. The new service is expected to start next spring. KAT buses already provide rides in the northern part of the county, but the new bus would be dedicated solely for residents in and around the two communities, Groothuis said.
WILLMAR -- A team of mental health practitioners is making on-site house calls to help families with children who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The "youth mobile crisis unit" was started in mid-August by the Woodland Centers.
STARBUCK -- Taking cues from his Republican predecessor, Paul Anderson said that if he's elected, he will follow Bud Heidgerken's example and be the kind of legislator who will represent the residents of District 13A and not simply fall in step with the party line. He said he would "do what's best for the district" be-cause people in 13A "want someone who'll represent their interests in St.
SUNBURG -- Bruce Shuck knows where the back roads and the churches are in District 13A, which sprawls across Pope, western Stearns and northern Kandiyohi counties. This is the fourth year that Shuck has traveled those roads to shake hands with voters and to attend numerous church dinners in his campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives. Shuck, a DFL'er from rural Sunburg, lost the past three elections but said he's optimistic his name recognition and history with voters will help him win this year. The difference this time around is that Shuck is no longer running against Rep.
WILLMAR -- With little discussion and only praise for the developers, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit Tuesday for a 9,590-head dairy operation near Pennock. Preliminary groundwork for Meadow Star Dairy LLP is expected to begin this fall, according to Nate Hultgren, one of the developers of the St. John's Township farm that will include 4,754 milking cows, 340 heifers and 3,590 calves. When it becomes operational next year it will be the largest dairy in the county.
ATWATER -- With a crowd of about 40 people on hand, three candidates for Atwater mayor responded to questions posed by constituents during an hour-long debate Monday at the Atwater Community Center. Incumbent Bruce Baker is being challenged by Brad Fluck and Jerry Spencer. The questioners tried to pinpoint exactly where the candidates stood on a variety of city issues that directly affect the town and its residents. On the question of whether the city should continue to maintain its own police department, the answer was a resounding yes from all three candidates. On the question of whether
WILLMAR - A $2.5 million bioscience research laboratory and business development center is being launched on the MinnWest Technology Campus, providing a major step for the future of the campus, bio-businesses and the local economy. The Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Monday it has awarded a $1.25 million Bioscience Business Development Public Infrastructure grant to convert an existing building on the 100-acre campus for what will be called the Mid-Central Biosciences Center.