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WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Commissioners said Tuesday they want to know how much it has cost to defend the county in gravel pit lawsuits that have stretched on for five years. While pleased with the latest outcome in a legal battle against a citizens' group over the environmental review of gravel pits near Eagle Lake, Chairman Richard Larson said the county's defense has likely come at a high price. "I'm sure it's staggering," said Larson. The county is not directly paying for the legal defense. From the beginning of the process the county's insurance, Minnesota Counties Insurance Tru
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County has won the latest round in litigation regarding the environmental review of gravel pits near Eagle Lake. In a ruling filed March 10 by District Judge George I. Harrelson of Marshall, the court ruled in favor of the county and Duininck Bros. Inc. of Prinsburg. Harrelson wrote that the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners took a "hard look" at the environmental issues when deciding not to require Duininck Bros. Inc.
WILLMAR -- A proposal for the state to take over fraud investigations of county-administered public assistance programs has apparently been put on hold for this year. County family services officials, say, however, that they fear the proposal will resurface next year. The Department of Human Services told the Minnesota Fraud Investigator's Association in December they intended to put a proposal before Gov. Tim Pawlenty to have the state take over the fraud prevention investigation program.
WILLMAR -- Jose Hildalgo Lopez, who is here illegally from Honduras, has been sentenced to serve 86 months in prison for assaulting a woman July 3 in Willmar. When his sentence is completed, he will be deported to Honduras. "There is a (Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) hold on him and he will be deported," said Connie Crowell, first assistant Kandiyohi County attorney. Lopez had originally faced four felony charges for stabbing, strangling and raping a woman during a domestic assault at his home.
WILLMAR -- The Senate bonding bill that was approved Tuesday, and the proposed House bonding bill that was released Monday, are vastly different when it comes to projects for Kandiyohi County. The difference is all or nothing. The House bill includes nearly all of major local requests while the Senate bill includes none. "It's short on local projects all across the state," said Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, in a telephone interview Tuesday. "It doesn't surprise me.
NEW LONDON -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners left the county seat of Willmar on Tuesday and held its regular meeting in New London, which was also a county seat at one time. From 1858 to 1870 the current-day Kandiyohi County was split in two. The northern half was called Monongalia County, with the county seat located in New London.
With two Republican Party conventions to attend last weekend in his district, Rep. Bud Heidgerken knew he'd be walking into the lion's den. He seemed to come out unharmed. As one of six Republican House members who voted to override Gov.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Joe Gimse was back home Monday night from St. Paul to take care of details with his family's land development business, Gimse Bros. Inc. Gimse appeared before the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission to present a preliminary plat for City Heights First Addition. The 15-acre site is located on Ninth Avenue Southeast in Willmar Township. The preliminary plat was approved by the commission. Gimse is proposing to develop 25 residential lots in the area, which is zoned as an R-2 community residence district.
WILLMAR -- A proposal to build a veterans nursing home in Montevideo is making its way through the Minnesota legislature. In action this week, the bill advanced in House and Senate committees. Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, and Rep.
WILLMAR -- The new transportation bill approved this week will give Kandiyohi County a 16 percent average annual increase in revenue for its road and bridge fund. Over the next decade, the county will receive an additional $14 million in state aid because of the new monies from the increased gas tax and other fee increases included in the transportation bill. This year, Kandiyohi County's allocation of state transportation aid is $4,563,000. In 2009, the county will receive an additional $490,000 as a result of the transportation bill. In 2010, the additional revenue will be $942,000. In