A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit Monday for the expansion of a feedlot located east of Willmar. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will take final action on the permit at their meeting Dec. 19. Tom Gustafson is seeking to expand a feedlot where he raises replacement heifers for a neighboring dairy farmer. Gustafson, who farms with his son, Riley, currently raises 400 dairy heifers and 20 calves, or the equivalent of 284 animal units.
WILLMAR -- Ever since service by Willmar's lone taxi car and driver was eliminated last month by a St.
WILLMAR -- During the 2007 session of the Minnesota Legislature, Rep. Al Juhnke will be at the House podium pounding the gavel. Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, was one of four legislators selected this week to serve as speaker pro tempore. The appointment was made by House Speaker-designate Margaret Anderson Kelliher. "We're the people who'll be holding the gavel when the Speaker isn't at her desk," said Juhnke in an interview Friday. "It's a serious position." Reps. Alice Hausman of St.
PRINSBURG -- During a tour Thursday of Prinsco Inc., the Kandiyohi County Commissioners got a firsthand look at how recycled plastic is tested, melted and extruded to create high-density corrugated polyethylene pipes that can be used for storm sewers and agricultural drainage tiles. The information could be useful for the commissioners, who oversee installation of a fair amount of storm sewer and drainage tile lines in the county. Jamie Duininck, vice president of sales for Prinsco, located in Prinsburg and owned by Duininck Inc., said he invited the commissioners on the tour after learning
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a $58.7 million budget for 2007. The gross levy was set at $24,843,650, which is a 5.72 percent increase from 2006. The county will receive state aid of $2,043,341, which brings the net levy to $22,800,309. The tax capacity rate for the county will decrease 6.7 percent from 2006.
A former Willmar High School chess champion, who is now a physicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, will be sharing the glory when the Nobel Prize for Physics is handed out Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden. Dale Fixsen, who graduated from Willmar in 1974, was a key member of a team of scientists that studied the early origins of the universe. Fixsen developed the crucial mathematical model for a component of NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer satellite, known as COBE.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will tour Prinsco Inc., a Prinsburg company that makes plastic drainage tiles, as part of its meeting Thursday. The commissioners are scheduled to eat lunch at the Prinsburg Café before visiting the southern Kandiyohi County company. Commissioner Harlan Madsen, who represents that area, arranged the tour. The commissioners will meet Thursday this week, a change from their regular meeting date, in order to attend the annual meeting of the Association of Minnesota Counties. They will meet at 9 a.m.
WILLMAR -- Construction bids for two new additions at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center are expected to be awarded Thursday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The project is estimated at more than $400,000.
Peyton Mueske tries to stand as still as a kindergartner can while pretending to be an apple tree. Meanwhile, Samuel Oehrlein buzzes like a bee with strips of paper and cotton balls, which represent nectar and pollen, that he puts into bags that Peyton is holding.
WILLMAR -- Efforts to help Willmar's only taxi service stay in business apparently came too late. The Kandiyohi Area Transit governing boards had agreed earlier this fall to subsidize the private taxi company during hours when the KAT buses weren't running. KAT had agreed to dedicate $20,000 to subsidize taxi rides during early morning and late evening hours. Keeping the taxi service in operation would help provide inexpensive transportation service to the community, provide additional revenue to the struggling taxi company and prevent KAT from running expensive buses longer hours. But the