A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- The fall of several large financial institutions and the fear that federal budget problems will trickle down to Minnesota counties has the Kandiyohi County Commissioners saying enough is enough. Counties are "sick and tired" of the state "spending money out of our checkbook," said Chairman Richard Larson. Because of state budget-cutting moves this spring, counties are now paying the bill for court-appointed attorneys for parents in child protection cases.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County has paid the state about $18,000 every year since 2003 to participate in a merit system that family service departments are required to follow. The system is designed to ensure that the duties, pay scale, hiring and promotion opportunities are equitable across the country.
ATWATER -- The preliminary levy for Atwater will increase 4.83 percent in 2009. At its meeting last week, the City Council approved a $337,427 levy and a general fund budget of $742,006. The council trimmed both the levy and budget during a line-by-line review. The proposed general fund budget was cut by $31,500, including eliminating a $10,000 allocation for a housing redevelopment project that would've allowed the city to purchase and remove dilapidated homes and then sell the property.
WILLMAR -- Richard Larson and Bill Graves were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary race for Kandiyohi County's second district commissioner race. Larson, the incumbent, and Graves, a political newcomer, will face off in the general election Nov.
WILLMAR -- Preliminary approval was given Monday for the creation of an 850-plot private veterans cemetery in Colfax Township in northern Kandiyohi County. The cemetery would include 500 full-body plots and 350 crematoria wall plots under a plan proposed by Marlyn Marquardt, a U.S.
WILLMAR -- A campaign office for presidential candidate Barack Obama officially opened Monday in Willmar. The event was noted with the arrival of a colorful RV that has been traveling across Midwestern states promoting Obama's "campaign for change." The RV, along with state DFL leaders, will be going to 24 Minnesota communities this week. Willmar is one of 13 Minnesota cities where Obama has opened an office.
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ATWATER -- Three years after taking a bold step to start its own community newspaper, the town of Atwater saw its last newspaper edition published this week. "Sad. Very sad," is how Atwater City Clerk Goldie Smith described the demise of Atwater's Sunfish Gazette. Where else can you read articles about the "olden days in Atwater" in the "Reminiscing with Virginia" columns or read that a Kandiyohi soldier returned home from Iraq in time for his child's first birthday, she asked.
ATWATER -- If things go as planned -- and there are a few ifs -- a bumper crop of wind could be harvested in a 100-square-mile area around Grove City, Atwater and Kandiyohi within the next decade. If enough land leases are secured, if there are enough local investors, if a large equity investor can be wooed and if access to the electrical transmission system is granted -- a wind farm with 125 wind turbines sprouting from the ground and growing more than 80 meters into the sky will be established here. Construction of the proposed community wind farm, known as Lake Country Wind Energy LLC, co
Norwegian sweaters, Swedish crystal, Danish iron candleworks and the gnarled-nosed trolls that cross all Scandinavian borders are no longer for sale in downtown Willmar. With the Aug.