A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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PAYNESVILLE -- Superintendents from eight rural school districts had a conference call this morning after learning a potential case of swine flu had been reported in a neighboring school district. "We're all in the same boat together, so we put our heads together," said Todd Burlingame, superintendent of the Paynesville Area School District.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi Area Transit will benefit from the federal economic stimulus package. Transit Director Tiffany Collins said Tuesday that KAT will receive a new bus in August that will be totally funded with federal stimulus money. Usually, 80 percent of the cost of a new transit bus is covered by federal and state funding and 20 percent is paid for with local funds, including county and city money. Getting a bus that's 100 percent funded is a good deal for KAT, Collins said. A new bus costs about $66,000. Not having to pay the usual 20 percent share of $13,200 means KAT "won't have t
SPICER -- An electrical fire caused damage to wires, an electrical box and the exterior siding of a home Saturday afternoon. The incident was reported at 2:15 p.m. at 110 Beach Street. The Spicer Fire Department was on the scene for about 1½ hours, according to Dean Fernelius, Spicer assistant fire chief. The fire caused the wires in the electrical box in the basement to melt. The siding and wood planks underneath the siding were also burned.
PENNOCK -- After a trace of rain fell early Saturday morning, a burning ban in Kandiyohi County was lifted. There was no news release issued, however, which resulted in the Sheriff's Department receiving a number of phone calls Saturday about a grass fire near Pennock and one by Raymond. The Tribune was informed Sunday that Sheriff Dan Hartog called the dispatch center on Saturday to inform them the burning ban was being lifted. With recent dry conditions and repeated warnings in the last couple weeks from state and local authorities that burning was restricted, the department received call
WILLMAR -- A project to build stabilization ponds for a sanitary sewer system for Blomkest and Svea cannot begin until issues are resolved for discharging treated water into a county ditch. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners has agreed to conduct a public hearing at 10:15 a.m. May 19.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was called to investigate possible environmental issues as a result of a fire Tuesday at Rohner's Auto Parts that destroyed 72 vehicles and 20 acres of grass. MPCA officials were at the auto salvage business, located north of Willmar, on Thursday afternoon. No other information was available regarding the investigation, but an employee at Rohner's said Friday that everything had been cleaned up. The fire was reported on Rohner's property, 1800 County Road 27, at around 4 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Starting May 1 crime will cost more in Kandiyohi County. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners has agreed to start charging additional fees to adults going through the court system. The fees will apply to such things as pretrial supervision, domestic abuse evaluations, anger management classes and for transferring cases from state to state or county to county. Those needing intensive supervision during probation, including people charged with a felony, domestic abuse and predatory sex offenders, will also pay higher fees. Deb West, Kandiyohi County Corrections supervisor,
SUNBURG -- If he was a betting man, George Dunn would have laid money last week that fields would be too wet this week for tilling and planting.
WILLMAR -- On the heels of the fatal accident last week on Business Highway 71, the three government entities that "own" the dangerous intersection are taking short-term and long-term steps to make it safer. During a quickly organized meeting Monday, representatives from the city of Willmar, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Kandiyohi County agreed that temporary signs will be placed north and south of the intersection to warn people to "look again." Because special permission for the experimental signs is needed from the Federal Highway Administration, however, it could be a mo
WILLMAR -- A black Labrador that may have bitten five people in the New London area since 2006, including an incident April 11, was ordered to be euthanized by Friday. The decision was made Tuesday morning by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners following a hearing that is awarded to the animal's owner under state law. But when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department served the papers early Tuesday afternoon to Brian Johnson, he reportedly told the deputy that his dog had run away. Perplexed by that situation, the Sheriff's Department intended to consult with County Attorney Boyd B