A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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BENSON -- A disparity in how the cost and services are shared between Swift and Big Stone counties for the sentence-to-serve program has been resolved. The Swift County Board of Commissioners approved the new two-year contract at its meeting Tuesday. The two counties have shared the sentence-to-serve program since 2005. Coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, participants from both counties are picked up every day and driven to work sites in both counties to perform community service tasks.
ATWATER -- The city of Atwater has reached a financial settlement with a former part-time police officer who was cleared of criminal sexual conduct charges. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the council approved a negotiated settlement to pay Paul Schmidt $7,500 in legal fees and $15,803 for 14 months of back pay that he'd been denied after being charged in the case. The League of Minnesota Cities, which is the city's insurer, will pay all the costs. As part of the agreement, Schmidt has resigned from the Police Department.
ATWATER - The city of Atwater has reached a financial settlement with a former part-time police officer who was acquitted of criminal sexual conduct charges. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the council approved a negotiated settlement to pay Paul Schmidt $7,500 in legal fees and $15,803 for 14 months of back pay that he'd been denied after being charged in the case. The League of Minnesota Cities, which is the city's insurer, will pay all the costs. As part of the agreement, Schmidt has resigned from the police department, even though he never went back to the job after being accused of grop
WILLMAR -- Bids for two major road projects were approved Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Both projects came in well under the engineer's estimate and both contracts were awarded to Duininck Bros. Inc. of Prinsburg. The low bid to rebuild a three-mile section of County Road 41, known as the Radio Station Road, and a short portion of County Road 24 that goes to the Willmar golf course, was $2,705,695. That number was $381,894 below the engineer's estimate of $3,087,589. There were two other bidders: Central Specialties Inc.
WILLMAR -- The clock is ticking for the 70 percent of Diamond Lake residents who need to bring their non-conforming septic systems up to code by the state's July 2010 deadline. So far there's been no agreement on the type of replacement system, even though there is agreement that the current failing system needs to be fixed. "We're not leaning either way, but we want this settled," said Harlan Meints, a member of the Diamond Lake Area Recreation Association.
Principal Dave Oehrlein describes the new autism program ACGC South Elementary School will welcome in June 2009.
Buildings and Grounds Manager Tom Fordyce details the roof conditions of ACGC South Elementary School in Cosmos.
COSMOS -- There were so many leaks in the roof at the elementary school in Cosmos early this spring that buckets catching rainwater in the hallway had a sign by them that said, "South Beach." This week the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board got a first-hand look at the top-side of the leaky roof. Tom Fordyce, the building and grounds manager, explained how rain was leaking in through the bubble-type sun roofs that dot the top of one section of the building. "It's an old roof," Fordyce said.
WILLMAR -- An update on a proposal to build a veterans home in Willmar will be given to Kandiyohi County veterans at 5 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Hearing that a probable case of swine flu caused the Rocori Middle School to close Wednesday is putting other area school districts on notice. "When it gets that close to home and there's possibilities of how it can come to your community, it really is a wake-up call," said Peggy Dykema, school nurse for the New London-Spicer School District. Earlier this week, when cases were reported in New York and Texas, there wasn't a lot of concern about students in the middle of Minnesota being vulnerable. "Now you wonder," Dykema said. The state Department of Health is awaiting confirmat