A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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Members of 849th Mobility Augmentation Company based out of Litchfield return home from deployment The thud-thud-thud of a hovering helicopter, the piercing fire engine sirens and the roar of Harley-Davidson motorcycles ridden by members of the Patriot Guard couldn't drown out the cheers of people who welcomed home 94 Minnesota National Guard members Wednesday in Litchfield. The 849th Mobility Augmentation Company returned home after an 11-month deployment, including nine months in Iraq. As the buses stopped in front of the Litchfield Armory, soldiers quickly filed out and walked through a
Rick Nordin thought it was one of the guys joking around when he answered the phone and was told that the band he put together in 1984 was going to be inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame this weekend. He soon realized the call wasn't a prank. "I had goose bumps for an hour," said Nordin of Lake Lillian, who organized the Doc Holliday Band 24 years ago as a "weekend band of married guys." With a style of music that transitioned from Texas swing to southern rock to "country with a kick" to Top 40, the Doc Holliday Band had five or six members at any given time.
GROVE CITY -- Financial projections indicate the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District could get out of statutory operating debt this summer, even though an operating levy was defeated by voters last year. But the price to get there has been steep, and the financial status will be short-lived. Using rough figures that contain unknown factors, like future student enrollment, state funding and inflationary costs like the price of fuel, it's projected ACGC will get out of statutory operating debt in June. But it would take a good dose of optimism to expect the district to stay out of statu
ATWATER -- Roger Rueckert will take over as the new part-time, interim superintendent at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District on July 1. He will replace Dr. Keith Redfield, who served in that interim position for one year. Rueckert was superintendent at the MACCRAY School District, but most recently worked in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District before retiring. During a special meeting last week, the School Board approved a one-year contract, with the option of extending the contract for two years. His salary was set at $67,236.
LITCHFIELD - Members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company were welcomed home Wednesday during a celebration held at the Litchfield Armory. The 94 members had been deployed for 11 months, including nine months in Iraq. "We are extremely happy to have them home," said Lt. Col. Dan Hoben, who officially welcomed the troops home and then dismissed them from duty as anxious family members and friends waited on the other side of the auditorium. Although Gov.
LITCHFIELD -- Nearly 100 west central Minnesota National Guard members will return Wednesday to a celebration with family and friends at the Litchfield Armory. The reunion is currently scheduled to take place at noon, although the exact time could change. "Obviously, very excited," said 1st Lt.
NEW LONDON -- With a flick of her wrists, Lynsey Bengtson tossed yards of soft, pistachio green fleece across the table to Joey Pierce, who snapped the fabric down to a straight edge. Bengtson then ran a sharp rotary cutter through two thicknesses of fleece, Pierce tossed the 60-by-40-inch piece of fabric to his mother, Sharon, who folded it and handed it to her husband, Howard, who packed it in a large plastic bag. That fine-tuned routine was repeated more than 200 times this week in the Pierce family's farm garage with 450 yards of fabric. The group was completing the first phase of a Min
WILLMAR -- After waiting in line about three hours, David Johnson had nearly reached the entrance to Phillip's Recycling by 10 a.m.
WILLMAR -- A $112,206 contract to build a bus shelter in downtown Willmar was approved on a 1- 4 vote Friday by the Kandiyohi Area Transit joint powers board. Rick Fagerlie, a Willmar city councilman, cast the lone no vote. In comments made after the meeting Fagerlie said he objected to the price of the structure, which he said will end up costing about $408 a square foot. "You can build an elaborate house for $175 a square foot," said Fagerlie. The low bidder for the construction was Gopher State Contractors of Rice. The base bid for the project was $80,181.
SPICER -- When it comes to identifying projects that may need to be done in the next decade, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners had no trouble Thursday coming up with a long list. Written on yellow pieces of paper and taped on a blue wall with a timeline that stretched into 2018, the list included ideas such as building a new courthouse, a veterans home, a new rescue squad facility, a new Humane Society building, expanding the landfill and the jail and getting the new 800-megahertz public safety radio system online. Naming the potential projects was the easy part in the process that