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 annual financial report of Kandiyohi County's Family Services Department was reviewed Tuesday by the county commissioners. The report showed increases and decreases in revenue and expenditures for client programs, such as Medical Assistance, food support, general assistance and children's services. But Jay Kieft, family services director, said there's more to the report than just numbers. Kieft, who took over as director earlier this month, said the department's mission, guiding principles and core values are the "threads" that run through the department's every decision and
WILLMAR -- If the Legislature doesn't pass a law to ban smoking in workplaces, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners will take action and impose a county-wide ban. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the commissioners enthusiastically approved a resolution supporting legislative approval of a "comprehensive smoke-free workplace law" in Minnesota. The resolution is being sent to legislative leaders at the Capitol.
WILLMAR -- In many town halls across Minnesota only a handful of voters showed up Tuesday for the annual elections. In Kandiyohi County, some townships reported voter turnout of about a dozen people who used paper ballots to vote for a town board supervisor or treasurer. Yet under the current state law, townships will be required to use the new electronic voting machines during the 2008 March township elections. The machines, required under the federal Help America Vote Act, are especially designed for people with disabilities.
WILLMAR -- Democrats are wasting their time in a "futile" process of introducing and passing bills to raise taxes that will be vetoed by the governor, according to a Republican legislative leader. House Minority Leader Marty Seifert of Marshall said he is "shocked" at the number of bills DFL lawmakers have introduced this session to increase taxes that he estimated would cost his family of four about $1,000 a year. Seifert made the comments Friday during a stop at the West Central Tribune in Willmar. Minnesota's DFL lawmakers are "blindly going forward" introducing tax increases that Gov.
WILLMAR -- Surveys that will help identify community needs in Kandiyohi County begin arriving this week at Kandiyohi County homes. A total of 1,200 households were randomly selected to complete the survey as part of an 18-month project called the United Community Assessment of Needs. The surveys were put in the mail on Thursday.
WILLMAR -- With a quick leap, Gov. Tim Pawlenty swung himself onto the steps of a one-of-a-kind self-propelled agricultural sprayer that was made at a Willmar manufacturing company. "The advantage is more torque" Pawlenty said knowingly, while hearing about the latest piece of equipment to roll out of Redball LLC. The company is part of Willmar Fabrication, which also includes Custom Roto-Mold Inc. Pawlenty toured Willmar Fabrication, Relco Unisystems and the MinnWest Technology Campus on Tuesday during a four-hour stay in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Minnesotans will need to be "razor sharp" to stay competitive in a changing world economy that could put countries such as China and India ahead of the United States. In a speech Tuesday in Willmar to about 200 people who attended a luncheon sponsored by the Willmar Area Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Gov.
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit for a feedlot that's less than a half-mile from the city limits of Kandiyohi was unanimously approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The action was taken after hearing about potential problems when agricultural growth conflicts with urban growth. Kandiyohi city residents said they were concerned that the feedlot could be detrimental to the future of the small town.
SPICER -- An undisclosed financial donation from the Jennie-O Turkey Store has provided the final piece of funding for a $382,000 construction project at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. The project, which includes a new multipurpose room and a "tree house" education room, is expected to begin at the end of May and be completed over the summer. "We are really pleased," said Dave Pederson, director of the environmental learning facility located west of Spicer near Lake Florida.
ST. PAUL -- Two Willmar lawmakers were recently appointed to a statewide government agency that addresses issues that pertain to Minnesota's Chicano and Latino population. Rep. Al Juhnke and Sen.