A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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Nick Neibauer taps his finger a couple times on the whiteboard that hangs on the wall in his high school math room. Instantly, diagrams showing congruent angles appear. With another tap, a protractor pops onto the board and he shows how the angles are measured. Another tap can show how angles are used in modern architecture. For students struggling to learn basic geometry in Neibauer's classroom at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School, the wall-sized display and demonstration can help make math easier to understand. "It really improves the visual aspects," he said.
GROVE CITY -- Another levy referendum will be held sometime this year in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District in an attempt to raise new revenue for the financially strapped district. A special election could take place as early as April 22; however, the board may opt to wait until the general election in November. The ACGC School Board agreed Monday to put the issue to voters once again, but were split on when the referendum should be held to maximize the chances of getting it passed. ACGC voters have rejected four proposed levy increases since 2005, including two attempts made in
GROVE CITY - Another levy referendum will be held in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District, but it's undecided if that vote will take place this spring or fall. The ACGC School Board agreed Monday to put the issue to voters once again in an attempt to increase revenue for the financially strapped school district. Boardmember Janell Johnson urged the board to hold the levy in April rather than wait until the general election in November, which she said would be focused on a tight presidential race and the "doom and gloom" of the economy. Chairwoman Judy Raske said she thought April w
WILLMAR -- Stop signs framed with flashing lights will be installed at an intersection on North Business Highway 71, where numerous ac-cidents have happened. It's hoped the attention-getting signs will warn drivers attempting to cross the four-lane highway to "look again" before driving across lanes of traffic moving at least 55 mph. The short-term response to the problematic intersection will be implemented at the same time that a feasibility study will take place to explore long-term solutions. Options for more permanent solutions include a roundabout, a diamond interchange or installing
WILLMAR -- Gary Danielson, Kandiyohi County public works director, has been named the 2007 County Engineer of the year. Danielson received the award Tuesday from the Minnesota County Engineers Association, which held its 63rd annual convention this week. Danielson began his career in civil engineering in 1971, when he worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, where he spent 10½ years. He worked as the assistant engineer for the city of Willmar before accepting the job of Kandiyohi County Engineer in 1982.
As any fan of the PBS series, "This Old House," knows, renovating an old building has its challenges. Toss historic preservation rules into the mix and the challenges increase exponentially. Owners of the MinnWest Technology Campus have been knee-deep in renovations since they purchased the former Willmar Regional Treatment Center two years ago.
WILLMAR -- An elderly couple were injured Thursday morning when their vehicle collided with a 19-passenger Kandiyohi Area Transit bus at an intersection near the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. The accident happened at 10:31 a.m.
WILLMAR -- To hear Tom Justin talk, the best thing that ever happened to him as an officer with the St. Cloud Police Department was the day he received a new 800-megahertz radio. That ra-dio was special be-cause it was part of the new Allied Ra-dio Matrix for Emergency Re-sponse system, which allows emergency, law enforcement and public works personnel to communicate with each other over a common radio network. "I'm passionate about the system. I believe it'll save lives," said Justin during an informational meeting Wednesday in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- A wrecked bus and tight state financing is putting a pinch on the Kandiyohi Area Transit system's vehicle fleet. While not a "crisis" situation at this point, Transit Director John Groothuis told the KAT operations board on Tuesday he's concerned about KAT's ability to operate if state funding for a replacement bus is not forthcoming. In September, a KAT bus was totaled in an accident in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce would like to see a 7½-cent gas tax increase approved during the 2008 legislative session. The 52-member board of directors voted Thursday to support a transportation policy statement that includes a 7½-cent gas tax increase, with 2½ cents dedicated to finance debt service on trunk highway bonds. The statement also supports increasing license tab fees to generate additional revenue for transportation and transit projects. Russ Bennett, president of the public policy committee for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, was one of those direct