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 commissioners are continuing to seek information about the financial benefits of implementing a gravel tax. Don Walsh, a consultant who specializes in county gravel tax issues, told the commissioners on Tuesday that Kandiyohi County could generate $40,000 to $50,000 a year by taxing gravel that's mined in the county. He said Kandiyohi County's gravel is already being taxed by neighboring counties, including Meeker, Stearns and Pope.
WILLMAR -- In two tie-breaking votes Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved conditional use permits for Jennie-O Turkey Store to build four new barns near Hawick, in Roseville Township. But an interim ordinance that was given final approval Monday night by the Roseville Town Board places a one-year moratorium on feedlot expansions in the entire township.
WILLMAR -- All but one of the 11 bids submitted for construction of the new mental health facility in Willmar were under the $3.1 million estimate. Bids were opened Tuesday for the 16-bed community behavioral hospital during a meeting of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, but action was not taken. The bids will be analyzed by the architect to make sure all the specifications were met. The final approval of the contract is expected to be taken during the next County Board meeting on Aug.
WILLMAR -- Homemade pies, baked chicken, corn on the cob, garden salads and a hefty dollop of 4-H tradition and pluck are served up every day in the 4-H food booth during the Kandiyohi County Fair. While diners in the screened-in restaurant take a respite from the fairgrounds and enjoy healthful alternatives to corn dogs and cotton candy, they are most likely oblivious to the buzz of activity in the lower level of the building, where a mother and daughter team orchestrate a fine dance of menus, ingredients and 4-H volunteers. The result is some mighty fine food. "We have a recipe book, but
WILLMAR -- The 2007 Kandiyohi County Fair opens at 2 p.m.
NEW LONDON -- At 91, Foster Hudson's shoulders are incredibly square and his waist trim. His olive-green Boy Scout trousers and shirt fit him to a T, just like they did nearly 50 years ago when he was Scout master for New London's Troop 228. "The pants are a little too long now," quipped Hudson about his old uniform. Hudson isn't quite as tall as he used to be in the 1950s and '60s, when he led the troop on camp-outs on his thickly wooded Long Lake property near Hawick. "We had a lot of good camping trips," he said.
HAWICK -- Roseville Township supervisors are expected to approve an interim ordinance tonight that will place a one-year moratorium on construction of new livestock feedlots. The action, which will be taken during a special meeting at 8 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Following what will surely be known as Minnesota's greatest transportation tragedy, a local Minnesota Department of Transportation official said he has confidence in the state's bridge inspectors. While expressing shock about the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge on Wednesday and sympathy for the victims, Dave Trooien, MnDOT District 8 engineer in Willmar, said drivers shouldn't be overly concerned about the safety of other bridges in the state. "We're concerned about the people driving on the roads and the safety of people," Trooien said.
WILLMAR -- The process for how the city of Willmar makes zoning decisions and approves or denies conditional use permits was discussed Wednesday during a joint meeting of the City Council and the Planning Commission. No action was taken to make any changes in the current system, but Mayor Les Heitke said "My hunch is, they'll think about it." The primary issue is whether the City Council, or the Planning Commission, should be the final authority when a conditional use permit is denied. When conditional use permits are requested, the Planning Commission reviews the application, views the pro
SPICER -- In a room full of women named Lois, about the only name you won't hear uttered is Lois. Instead, it's: "Pass the coffee, Peterson." "Runge, how was your trip to India?" or "Rouser, how are the grandchildren?" It's only the uninformed who start a conversation with, "Hi, Lois" only to have every head in the room turn to look. Since 1987, on the fifth Tuesday of any given month, area women who share the name of Lois have been getting together to share a meal and some laughs. "I think we should be called the laugh-a-lot players," said Lois View, of Lake Lillian, a charter member of t