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WILLMAR -- Taking one last look at the proposed 2009 budget was a grim task for the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. During a work session Monday morning, the commissioners looked at the details of the proposed $60 million budget, knowing full well the numbers will most certainly change once the state's deficit-reduction plan is put in place. Counties and cities are expecting to lose millions of dollars in state aid.
WILLMAR - The Kandiyohi County Commissioners took one last look at the proposed 2009 budget this morning during a work session.
WILLMAR -- By 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Susan Boonstra had quickly zipped from freezer to cooler to shelves stacked high with dry goods to collect and box hundreds of pounds of food at the Willmar Area Food Shelf. As soon as she finished assembling three days' worth of food into a box, which was carried out by a woman from a six-member family on the other side of the counter, Boonstra began filling a box for the next family sitting patiently in the small waiting area. "There's a long line out there," said Christie Kurth, food shelf director, as Boonstra began putting items in the box.
WILLMAR -- The $5 billion state deficit is not only a "big honking number," according to Kandiyohi County Commissioner Harlan Madsen, but it also represents an opportunity to change how the state and counties do business with each other and the public. "It gives us the opportunity to reassess," said Madsen, who is supporting a proposal by the Association of Minnesota Counties called the Minnesota Redesign project. Association Executive Director Jim Mulder and local county commissioners have been touring the state to talk to media about the proposals that they say would be more transparent, f
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Commissioners will take one last look at the proposed 2009 budget and levy during a special work session at 9 a.m. Monday. If there are no changes, the $60 million budget will be adopted at the County Board's regular meeting Tuesday. But given the state's projected $5 billion deficit, and concerns that counties could lose their state aid, changes could be made, said County Administrator Larry Kleindl. That could necessitate a special meeting to approve the budget and levy before the Dec.
ATWATER -- A request to reinstate Paul Schmidt to the Atwater Police Department has been delayed until Jan.
WILLMAR -- The reasons why 16 absentee ballots were rejected in Kandiyohi County during the general election were confirmed Thursday morning. As part of the state recount for the U.S.
WILLMAR - The reasons why 16 absentee ballots were rejected in Kandiyohi County during the general election were confirmed this morning. As part of the state recount for the U.S. Senate seat, two certified election judges representing two different political parties agreed that the ballots were legitimately rejected in November. After examining each ballot, they were sorted into categories of rejection.
WILLMAR -- The current chaos in the economy is bad, but Kandiyohi County residents may find some solace to know that the chaos isn't as bad here as in other parts of the country. Ted Jones, an economist and popular speaker known for his real estate research, said the boom in the nation's economy was not felt as strongly here as in other regions, but neither is the bust being felt is strongly. "You didn't bubble up and you didn't bubble down," said Jones during a presentation Tuesday in Willmar to local real estate agents and lenders, including Stewart Title of Minnesota/Alliance Title Compan
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit to build a wastewater stabilization pond to treat municipal sewage from the Blomkest and Svea communities was approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will take final action Dec. 16. The project has been in the works for four years, said Jim Bullert, project engineer.