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 veto of the omnibus tax bill this week could be likened to throwing the baby out with the bath water. The question is: who did the throwing? Gov.
WILLMAR -- A 16-bed psychiatric hospital to treat adults with acute mental illness is a good facility for the community, but the Willmar site that's been selected to build it is not, according to a handful of residents who attended an informational meeting Wednesday night. Jay Jorgenson, whose home will be about 80 feet from the one-story hospital, expressed sincere support for the facility and understands the need for it. "It's a great building. It looks nice," Jorgenson said kindly.
WILLMAR -- Road reconstruction projects planned for next year in Kandiyohi County will be delayed because a state transportation funding bill was not approved this year. The lack of new state revenue will put the county in a bind for resurfacing 10- to 15-year-old roads that are feeling the stress of heavy agricultural use and rebuilding narrow, dangerous 50-year-old roads, Public Works Director Gary Danielson said. The lack of funding will also stop construction of bridges in several townships in the county and could mean some deteriorating asphalt roads will be turned back to gravel becaus
GROVE CITY -- When the senior class of 2007 walks across the stage tonight at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City school auditorium to get their diplomas, a special member of the class will be walking with them. Brandon Wentzel, an 18-year-old student who has severe disabilities, will walk across the stage just like the kids he's gone to school with since third grade. It's because of the compassion of those kids that Brandon will be taking that walk. "They are a spectacular group of kids," said Christine Wentzel, Brandon's mother.
WILLMAR -- During the last three years, Palmer Sevig has ridden his bicycle to the Willmar Area Senior Citizens Community Center nearly every day for his noon meal. The three-mile bike ride has kept the 80-year-old former Lutheran pastor in good shape. But riding a bike in Minnesota's unpredictable weather, especially in wintertime, can be challenging, he said. It's also a little lonely for the widower, who had been married 45 years. That's why Sevig is a big fan of a new bus route that was recently added to the Kandiyohi Area Transit system. On Monday through Friday, a KAT bus stops at e
WILLMAR -- A new site has been selected for construction of a 16-bed psychiatric hospital in Willmar.
PENNOCK -- Along with a dish to pass for the potluck, the members of the local Blue Star Mothers chapter bring framed pictures of their children to the regular, twice-a-month meetings. It's their chance to talk about where their military family member is at -- Iraq, Afghanistan or stateside -- and how the soldiers are doing while deployed or waiting to be deployed. It's also the women's chance to talk about how they are doing -- frightened, lonely and proud -- while they steadily hold down the fort until their son, daughter or husband comes home. "It's the only people who really understand
WILLMAR -- The weariness that rims Joline Hovland's strikingly blue eyes conveyed the weight of loss, grief and questions that will never be answered. With her voice wavering at times, Hovland talked about her red-headed son, Troy, who had a "beautiful smile" and loved animals and kids. Every day that they spoke, Troy said, "I love you, Mom," and Hovland told Troy that she loved him. It's what they did, and they meant it. The last time mother and son exchanged those words was Jan. 26, 2000 -- the day that Troy died from suicide.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Planning Commission approved conditional use permits for five businesses during its meeting Monday. No one spoke in opposition to any of the proposals and all the requests were unanimously approved by the seven-member advisory board. As part of their action, the board will recommend that the Kandiyohi County Commissioners give final approval to the conditional use permits. The county board will consider the recommendations at their meeting next Tuesday. The conditional permits include: - Patrick Kelly, owner of CastAir, intends to move his cast iron compres
WILLMAR -- Willmar is no closer to regaining its taxi service than it was six months ago when the cab company quit providing rides in town. Kandiyohi Area Transit had agreed this spring to subsidize taxi rides in order to make it easier for the company to do business here. But John Groothuis, director of KAT, said efforts to re-establish the taxi service in Willmar have turned into a "clumsy" process with no quick or easy solutions. During the KAT joint powers board meeting Friday, Groothuis said he had hoped that the taxi company, Care Transportation Inc. of St.