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WILLMAR -- An 18-county mental health consortium says the state's new system of providing mental health services has resulted in a shortage of beds in rural Minnesota for individuals with severe and chronic mental illness. As a result, jails are sometimes used to house people who should instead be in a mental health hospital. "The original plan isn't working," said Jay Kieft, Kandiyohi County Family Services director, during the Tuesday meeting of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners.
GROVE CITY -- Instead of voting in three different towns, voters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District will likely be voting only in Grove City during the next school levy election. The ACGC School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today to consider passing a resolution to consolidate the polling locations, said Dr.
WILLMAR -- The transition in ownership of the boys' and girls' group homes from Kandiyohi County to the Prairie Lakes Youth Program has resulted in plans for a new year-round school to begin this summer. Darin Balken, executive director at Prairie Lakes, told the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that he's proposing to start a separate high school for the youth who are placed in the group homes. The school would be located in the same building where Prairie Lakes currently offers classes for youth at their secure and non-secure facilities, but it would be in a separate room.
WILLMAR -- A new conditional use permit with a revised set of conditions was approved Tuesday for Holland Pork Inc. of rural Prinsburg. The Kandiyohi County Commissioners approved the permit to allow the cooperative to spread manure in the four sections of land that surround the city of Prinsburg. Under the original permit approved in 1996, the hog cooperative was prohibited from applying manure on farmland in those four sections. The exception is a small rectangle of land just north of the city limits.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Commissioners are urging legislators to pass a transportation funding bill this week that includes a gas tax increase. Saying that new transportation revenue is essential for state and local governments to complete road and bridge projects that are long overdue, the commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday backing a "comprehensive and balanced transportation funding package." The board endorsed seven different revenue sources including an increase to the gas tax and license tab fees, trunk highway bonding, general obligation bonding for local ro
WILLMAR -- The issue of who should be qualified to "float horse teeth" is drowning at least one legislator in three years' worth of reports, studies, committee meetings and proposed legislation. Rep. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, said he hopes the issue can finally be resolved during this year's legislative session. "I'm tired of it," he said, with a light-hearted chuckle. Floating horse teeth involves smoothing down the teeth of horses with a file. It's a necessary routine because horse teeth grow perpetually and the sharp points can cut a horse's tongue and mouth.
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit that was approved in 1996 for Holland Pork Cooperative may be revised, with some previous restrictions removed and some made more stringent. At its meeting Monday, the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission agreed to recommend that a new conditional use permit be approved with a new set of conditions put in place. Final action will be taken March 19 by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Gary Geer, zoning administrator, asked the commission to determine the nee" and reasonableness of the conditions and proposed changes. Some of the conditions tha
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WILLMAR -- Students in metro schools should be spending as much time in the classroom as their rural counterparts, said Rep. Bud Heidgerken, R-Freeport, who said he will introduce a bill this session to make that happen. The average Minneapolis student spends 360 minutes a day in class, said Heidgerken, a former school tea-cher. By contrast, students in the small rural district in Lynd are in class 480 minutes a day.
WILLMAR -- Local projects, ranging from improvements to Ridgewater College to restoring Grass Lake, are on a long list of requests Minnesota legislators will consider when they put together a bonding package this year. The 2008 legislative session begins today. The items on the state's wish list total $3 billion to $4 billion. That's a lot more than the expected $1 billion that will actually be approved. "There are some definite needs," said Rep. Al Juhnke.