A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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he Internal Revenue Service is looking for 38 Kandiyohi County residents, including Jeffery M. Stegeman of Pennock, Timothy L. Palm of Willmar, Sergio Molina of Willmar and Travis Johnson of Spicer. The IRS wants to talk to these folks about money. It has some for them. In its efforts to connect citizens with tax refunds or economic stimulus payments, the IRS has made public a long list of names of people who have money coming to them.
On Friday, Paul Anderson and Andrew Falk will head to the Capitol to receive their first training session on how business is conducted in the House of Representatives. The two men were elected last week as freshmen legislators to fill open House seats in their districts. The Friday event will be an opportunity for the freshmen to visit the House floor and meet non-partisan staff that will help them write, research and revise legislation.
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit was approved Monday for the Living Word Lutheran Church to build a new sanctuary in New London Township. The church has been housed at the Prairie Meadows Learning Center in Spicer since 2005. The new church will be built off Kandiyohi County Highway 9, near the New London town hall. No one spoke for or against the permit at the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission meeting and no one from the church was present to discuss construction plans. A preliminary map provided to the zoning office indicates the sanctuary will seat 225 people. The only condition
WILLMAR -- Area county auditors have found no errors and no need to revise their election night vote totals for the U.S. Senate race. The 700-plus vote difference between Sen.
WILLMAR -- Starting Jan. 2 it will cost more to ride a Kandiyohi Area Transit bus. The additional revenue will help offset a $30,000 budget shortfall that was caused by high fuel prices and reduced state revenue for operations expenses. "We can't go in the hole," said Kandiyohi County Commissioner Dean Shuck, and a member of KAT's joint power's board, which gave final approval to the rate increase on Friday. The one-way door-to-door service will increase by 25-cents, to $1.50 a ride.
WILLMAR -- Voter turnout was at or near 90 percent in some area counties during the general election on Tuesday, while other counties reported voter turnout of less than 80 percent The difference was partially because auditors figure turnout differently. Some auditors, like Sam Modderman from Kandiyohi County, determined there was a 78 percent voter turnout here by comparing the number of voters to the total number of registered voters, which includes those registered by 7 a.m.
BENSON -- James Thelen spent at least two hours sitting on a hard wooden chair in the Swift County Auditor's office Wednesday quietly reading a copy of the "National Review" magazine. The longtime Republican volunteer from Benson was there to make sure no one tampered with the county's ballots, especially the votes for Sen.
ATWATER -- Mayor Bruce Baker won his re-election bid Tuesday in a three-way race, earning him another two-year term. The unofficial tally had Baker with 255 votes; Brad Fluck with 223 and Jerry Spencer with 108 votes. "I'm glad that I got re-elected again. It was a close race and I was glad for the big turnout," said Baker. "I do want to thank the people who supported me over the years," he said. Baker, a former city councilman, was first elected mayor in 2004.
Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, was the apparent winner Tuesday in the 13A House of Representatives race. With 94 percent of the votes reported, Anderson, 57, was ahead of Bruce Shuck, DFL-Sunburg, by 10,897 to 7,825 votes. The winner will fill the seat previously held by Rep. Bud Heidgerken, R-Freeport. Heidgerken, who held the post for the past six years, did not run for re-election this year. District 13 includes all of Pope County, western Stearns County and the six northern townships of Kandiyohi County. This was Shuck's fourth attempt to win the 13A House seat.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Commissioner Richard Larson won re-election Tuesday to another four-year term on the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, representing District 2. Larson, 77, defeated challenger William Graves, 46, 1,735 to 1,372, according to unofficial results. This was Graves' first attempt at seeking public office and the fourth time Larson has been elected. "I'm happy with that," Larson said of the 363-vote margin of his win. "I worked hard and I know he (Graves) did also. He was a formidable opponent.