A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR - Many area school districts called it quits early today as a strong winter storm blasts across the region. Some high school sporting competitions and community events have also been postponed. Willmar Schools closed midday. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen said 6-8 inches of snow could fall in the Willmar area before the day is over, making travel very difficult. "It'll come down pretty good," said forecaster James McQuirter. "This is going to be the storm where we'll see almost a half-foot of snow in most areas," he said.
WILLMAR -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he wants the state to take over housing "short-term" prisoners from counties. Doing so would save the state and counties money, said Pawlenty during an interview Tuesday with the West Central Tribune. Since 2004, as a cost-saving move for the state, counties have been required to house felons who have six months or less remaining on their prison term.
WILLMAR -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty told Willmar business leaders Tuesday his budget plan will lower taxes and help businesses survive the economic crisis. He urged them to take that message to legislators. "I need your help," he said. During an early morning talk to the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Pawlenty said most legislators don't have a background in private sector business and don't know what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Minnesota's high tax ranking doesn't make it a "job friendly state," Pawlenty said.
GROVE CITY -- Options for redesigning administrative positions in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District have been narrowed down, but the school board members agreed Monday they needed more time before making a final decision. The board is looking at a plan that would use existing staff to fill a part-time superintendent position. Sherri Broderius, who is currently the grades 5-12 principal, is being considered to fill the superintendent position.
WILLMAR -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty encouraged Willmar business leaders Tuesday to tell legislators to support a budget plan that will help businesses survive the economic crisis. During an early morning talk to the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Pawlenty said most legislators don't have a background in private sector business and don't know what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
GROVE CITY -- Options for restructuring administrative staff in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District will be discussed at 6 p.m. Tuesday during a special board meeting in the media center at the middle school/high school. One of the tasks before the board is to find a permanent superintendent for the district. ACGC is on its second interim, part-time superintendent. Dr. Keith Redfield was named interim superintendent in July 2007 after Pamela Kyllingstad agreed to step out of the superintendent position.
WILLMAR -- A proposed ordinance that would revise how septic systems are regulated in Kandiyohi County was reviewed Monday by the Planning Commission. A public hearing will be held March 9. If approved, the county's existing ordinance for individual subsurface sewage treatment systems would be exchanged for one that incorporates new state rules. The new ordinance would include much of the county's existing ordinance as well as new rules the state adopted a year ago after several years in the works. Counties have until February of 2010 to adopt and implement the new mandatory state regulati
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi Area Transit system may have to operate on fewer dollars from local government donors. At a joint powers meeting Friday, members of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners and Willmar City Council who sit on the KAT board said they may reduce their annual contribution in 2010. The two entities annually provide $9,000 each to KAT. New London and Spicer, which each contribute $2,600 to KAT annually for the senior volunteer program, are also considering reducing allocations this year because of budget issues. Transit Director Tiffany Collins said KAT was asked to
WILLMAR -- A gravel tax that was implemented last year in Kandiyohi County will continue, even though changes in the state law that went into effect Jan. 1 reduce the county's flexibility in disbursing the revenue. Public Works Director Gary Danielson told the commissioners Tuesday that the gravel tax generated $61,000 in 2008. Of that, 70 percent was dedicated to county road and bridge projects.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Family Services Department is making a concerted effort to let people in the community know exactly what it does. It's hoped the communication campaign will "challenge some of the prejudices" that people may have about the services that are provided and the people who receive them, said Jay Kieft, family services director. The department has developed a PowerPoint presentation on general services as well as specific programs such as those for mental health.