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 -- If a team of Willmar firefighters were inside the West Central Tribune today responding to an emergency, they would not be able communicate directly with firefighters standing right outside the door. Instead, the firefighters on the inside would have to call the county dispatch center with their questions or request for assistance and the dispatch center would relay that information to the firefighters on the outside.
LITCHFIELD -- An investigation is under way within Meeker County by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to multiple sources, there were eight to 10 FBI agents Wednesday at the Meeker County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center interviewing a number of individuals. No information is available about the target of the federal investigation in Meeker County, but local officials confirm an investigation is taking place. Read more on this story Tuesday in the West Central Tribune.
WILLMAR -- Despite early-autumn rains that caused a three-week delay in the start of construction, followed by a late-autumn cold snap that has slowed down plumbing and electrical work, progress is being made on the new psychiatric hospital in Willmar. Ground for the Community Behavioral Health Hospital was broken Oct. 2. The 16-bed facility, which will provide short-term residential acute care to adults with mental illness, is scheduled to open in June. "I think the project is going as well as can be expected," Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl said.
WILLMAR -- A $75,000 grant awarded to the Kandiyohi Area Transit to build a bus shelter in downtown Willmar had to be returned to the state. As a result, the $98,000 project is on hold for now. The KAT operations board learned Tuesday that access to the boulevard on Becker Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest had not made it through the tangle of legal paperwork in time for the 2007 construction season. As a result KAT was required to relinquish the funding, provided by the Minnesota Department of Transportation's transit division. John Groothuis, KAT transit director, said Qwest, which owns
GROVE CITY -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board may have to consider "extreme" options as they look for new ways to cut costs and raise revenue following the defeat Nov. 6 of an operating levy. At their meeting Monday, Board Member Dan Tait said the board has discussed "some pretty extreme what-ifs," including having four-day school weeks to save money. "We're at the point where we need to be extreme," said Janell Johnson, who, along with other board members, was clearly frustrated that voters turned back the levy request for the fourth time in three years.
WILLMAR -- Dr. Robert Boyd, an internist with Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar, was named the new Kandiyohi County coroner on Tuesday. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to appoint Boyd to the position to replace longtime county coroner Dr. Lyle Munneke, who died Nov. 10. Boyd, who is also the medical director at the county jail, had assisted Munneke with his coroner duties for the last five to six years.
WILLMAR -- Since purchasing Kandiyohi County's boys and girls group homes, the Prairie Lakes Youth Programs has reduced expenses, reduced per diem fees and revamped some of the programming for the facilities. Prairie Lakes officially took over the two group homes Nov.
WILLMAR -- Anyone who's tried to spell or pronounce sesquicentennial knows that neither task is easy. Kandiyohi County residents had better get used to it. They'll be spelling and saying sesquicentennial twice -- in 2008 and 2020. The 12-year span represents a significant component of the county's history and addresses a lingering question about when Kandiyohi County was actually started --1858 or 1870?
SPICER -- The final assessment hearing for installing a sanitary sewer collection system around Lake Florida was held Friday night before the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The sewer project was done as an extension to the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District.
WILLMAR -- Being poor, and unable to afford decent housing, is one reason why victims of domestic assault often return to their abusive partners. Usually women will return to the batterer seven times because they can't afford to live on their own, said Sharon Mace, the advocacy programs coordinator for Shelter House Inc.