A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- Adam Field Frederick, 25, of Willmar, has been charged with two felony counts of soliciting a minor and distributing pornographic material to a minor. Frederick allegedly had Internet conversations through Facebook and MySpace with a 14-year old girl. The Internet chats were sexual in nature and included invitations to meet in person.
GRANITE FALLS - A howling wind whipped American flags held by members of the Patriot Guard Saturday in Granite Falls as SFC Matthew Ryan Kahler was laid to rest. Kahler, 29, was killed Jan.
WILLMAR -- Adam Field Frederick, 25, of Willmar, is facing two felony charges of soliciting a minor and distributing pornographic material to a minor. Frederick allegedly had Internet conversations through Facebook and MySpace with a 14-year old girl. The Internet chats were sexual in nature and included invitations to meet in person.
ATWATER -- The Atwater City Council is adopting a do-it-yourself plan for constructing a new municipal building. The council wants to be its own general contractor for a new building it wants to build to house the city office, police department and library. Mayor Bruce Baker recommended on Wednesday that nearly every component of the project, from the plumbing to the insulation, be bid separately.
WILLMAR -- The University of Minnesota is exploring the possibility of moving its metro-based poultry research facility to Willmar. The current research center, located near the St. Paul campus at UMORE Park in Rosemount, needs to be moved to make way for new development.
WILLMAR -- A December 2007 ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court could threaten the financial viability of nonprofit organizations around the state, including the Willmar Meals on Wheels program. Charlie Oakes, director of West Central Industries, said it's possible the local nonprofit organization may have to pay $100,000 a year in property and sales tax because the Supreme Court has tightened the definition of how a nonprofit can charge for services and still retain its tax-exempt status.
ATWATER -- After adding a few windows, moving a couple doors and expanding the library space, members of the Atwater City Council have approved a preliminary drawing for a proposed new municipal building. The action was taken during a special meeting Monday afternoon. It's hoped that blueprints of the plan will be completed by Wednesday night, when the council holds its regular meeting, so specifications can be completed and the project can be advertised for bids. If all goes according to plan, bids will be awarded in March and construction will begin in May. Much will depend on how compet
WILLMAR -- Programs that provide inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for children will be closed in Brainerd but expanded in Willmar. The result is a net loss of 11 beds in the State Operated Services system for children between the ages of 6 and 18 who need inpatient hospitalization for mental health care. The consolidation of the inpatient component of the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services program was the result of a "recent business decision," based on census trends and availability of other services, said Patrice Vick, communications director for the Department of Human S
NEW LONDON -- A school bus and a semi collided Monday afternoon sending two Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa students to the hospital. There were five students on the bus at the time of the crash. Two students were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital by the New London Ambulance. Initial reports indicate the injuries were not serious. The drivers of the vehicles were not injured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The accident occurred at 4 p.m. at the intersection of U.S.
WILLMAR -- Once construction documents are completed in the next couple weeks, bids will be sought to build a bus shelter in downtown Willmar. The Kandiyohi Area Transit Joint Powers Board learned Friday that construction for the long-delayed project should begin early this spring. "It's been a very sluggish project," said John Groothuis, KAT transit director. The bus transfer shelter was supposed to have been built and in use by now, but a snag in obtaining the deed to the property from Qwest forced KAT to pass up an earlier bid and start the process over. The KAT Joint Powers Board, whic