A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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Whether you call it perseverance or stubbornness, Sen. Gary Kubly said it's the characteristic he needed to finally get a bill passed that now makes it illegal for the clock-hour meters on tractors to be tampered with or disconnected. The bill was signed this week by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, said he worked on the bill "the seven of the 10 years I've been here" and was glad it made the final hurdle this year. Farm tractors and equipment such as self-propelled combines and swathers have meters to clock the hours operated.
WILLMAR -- Preliminary plans to develop a 16-bed psychiatric hospital in Willmar could include construction of a new building instead of renovating an existing structure on the Willmar Regional Treatment Center campus. Rice Memorial Hospital is still considering whether or not to participate with the state on constructing the building and operating the program, said Lorry Massa, Rice CEO.
WILLMAR -- The implications of how a Supreme Court decision will affect Kandiyohi County's procedure for environmental review was discussed at length during the county board meeting Tuesday. The result will mean holding new public hearings for two specific gravel pits.
WILLMAR -- The rising cost of oil and asphalt could mean some road projects will be delayed. The other option is to move ahead with projects and use reserves in the Kandiyohi County road and bridge reserve fund to pay for projects. Gary Danielson told the Kandiyohi County Commissioners on Tuesday that the prices for asphalt have risen significantly and may not decrease. When the estimates for the 2006 projects were done in 2005, a ton of asphalt cost $25. In March it increased to $35 a ton and in May the price is $44 per ton for rural roads and $50 a ton for urban projects.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Kandiyohi County's environmental review process for two proposed gravel pits near Eagle Lake and Long Lake. The high court's ruling said Kandiyohi County's 2003 conclusion that the gravel pits would not have a cumulative impact on the environment was "arbitrary and capricious" and was based primarily on statements by the developer, Duininck Bros. Construction of Prinsburg, and not based on evidence.
Following the dispute: - Environmental assessment worksheets on the CA Pit located in Green Lake Township and the Eagle Lake West Pit located in Dovre Township were prepared in the spring of 2003. - Residents and agencies, including the Minnesota Department of Resources, responded with concerns about the cumulative effects that these, and neighboring gravel pits, would have on the water quality of Eagle Lake. - On July 28, 2003, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved a "negative declaration" on the environmental assessment worksheets for both proposed gravel pits. They determ
With his trademark soft-spoken stammer, Bob Newhart sounds the same in a telephone interview as he does on TV. It's kind of like talking to a favorite uncle who ponders his words carefully before slowly revealing the point of a story. It feels comfortable and familiar -- and funny. Bob Newhart will be bringing that same well-worn, award-winning humor to Morton, where he'll perform Friday at Jackpot Junction. "Why not come to Morton?" Newhart responded, when asked why he was doing a show here.
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WILLMAR - The Minnesota Supreme Court Thursday reversed an Appeals Court decision and ruled against Kandiyohi County in the lawsuit that was initiated by a group of county residents. The high court's ruling said Kandiyohi County's conclusion that the gravel pits wouldn't have a cumulative impact on the environment was "arbitrary and capricious" and based primarily on statements by the developer, Duininck Bros.
WILLMAR -- Conditional use permits were approved Monday for two gravel pits in Lake Andrew Township. The action was taken by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will take final action on the permits at its meeting on May 16. Environmental assessment worksheets had been prepared for both gravel pits. Earlier this month the Kandiyohi County Commissioners agreed the environmental review adequately showed the mining operations would not cause environmental harm and said a more in-depth environmental impact statement was not necessary. Vreeman