A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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By WILLMAR -- The four men who make up the Swan Lake Hunting Club have asked the District Court to compel the Kandiyohi County Board of Adjustment to hold a hearing relating to a residential development on Swan Lake. The hunting club filed a petition for a writ of mandamus April 7, asking the court to order the Board of Adjustment to hold a hearing so that the club members could present their point of view on the issue. The petition also asks that construction or sale of lots in the Swan Lake Estates be prevented until a hearing is held. The developers, Rick and Angee Whitcomb, have platted
OLIVIA -- The hottest word on Wall Street today is the same word that has farmers optimistic -- ethanol. To the oil and gas industry, however, ethanol is a fighting word. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said ethanol holds legitimate promise for reducing, or even eliminating the need for foreign oil -- especially from the Middle East. "The public is behind us on this -- finally," said Peterson, who hosted a farm meeting Friday morning in Olivia.
NEW LONDON -- Spring cleaning can reduce the mess in garages and homes, but it can make a new mess on roads and ditches, especially on the routes to the sanitary landfill. About half of the garbage loads that come to the Kandiyohi County landfill do not follow the simple rule of having garbage covered, according to Mary Fostervold, who checks and weighs each load that comes into the county landfill on U.S.
When it comes to getting information about what's happening with human services programs and the jobs held by longtime local employees at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center, one has to go to St. Paul. Local employees and administrators are not allowed to talk to the media on state time. For the story on the utilities transition and the story on job cuts and transfers, no one at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center was allowed to answer questions about current and future programs and jobs on the campus.
There are 330 state employees, or the equivalent of 281 full-time employees, currently on the Willmar Regional Treatment Center campus, according to Mike Tessneer, chief executive officer for Minnesota State Operated Services. As part of the transition to a new type of services for people with disabilities, the adult mental health program is being moved from the campus and into a variety of small community-based settings. That means the 114 employees in that program on the Willmar Regional Treatment Center campus will be looking for work elsewhere.
WILLMAR -- A dog kennel that would operate as a boarding, breeding and training facility was given preliminary approval Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. Andrew and Jennifer Krupa are proposing to operate the seven-day-a-week kennel at their home in Roseville Township. There will be no other employees. About a dozen neighbors were at the meeting with concerns about the number of dogs, noise from barking animals and traffic from dog buyers. Under the plan approved Monday, the Krupas will be allowed to have a maximum of 24 dogs, including five breeding females.
WILLMAR -- The threat of a worldwide outbreak of avian influenza has national and international leaders on alert, but Minnesota agriculture officials said the work of conducting surveillance, identification, notification, investigation and eradication of the disease will be the responsibility of local poultry producers and state agriculture and health officials. Avian influenza, sometimes called bird flu, was the primary topic Friday at a day-long livestock conference in Willmar. Plans to respond to the potential arrival of the deadly flu that has killed an estimated 200 million birds and at
WILLMAR -- The health and wealth of animal agriculture will be featured at an all-day conference Friday in Willmar. Hot button topics like avian influenza, bovine tuberculosis and zoning issues for expanding livestock operations will be addressed by a variety of state and local experts, said event organizer Kim Larson of Willmar. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, Rep. Alan Juhnke, DFL- Willmar, and Rep.
WILLMAR - The television cameras are ready to roll in the Kandiyohi County boardroom on Tuesday. It will be the first time the Kandiyohi County Commissioners will have their meetings recorded for later broadcast on WRAC-8, the local cable access channel. The Commissioners decided last month to launch the experiment of televising the meetings. The decision didn't come without concern on the part of staff and the Commissioners about how the cameras would change the atmosphere of the meetings, the board discussion and the affect on the public who appear before the board. County Administrator
WILLMAR -- The Swan Lake Hunting Club is asking the Kandiyohi County Board of Adjustment to reconsider a denial of the club's appeal for a residential development on Swan Lake. The board rejected the club's first appeal on March 13 without a hearing.