A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- A $75,000 state grant to build a bus shelter in downtown Willmar will not have to be relinquished by the Kandiyohi Area Transit system after all. The KAT Joint Powers board learned Friday morning that some well-placed phone calls made by Rep.
ATWATER -- Gennessee Township officials are questioning a fire protection formula that includes the market value of a multimillion-dollar business that will not generate property taxes for another six or seven years under the Jobs Opportunity Building Zone plan. The township is requesting that the fire board, which also includes Harrison, Irving and Lake Elizabeth townships and the city of Atwater, hold a special meeting before Dec.
ATWATR -- The cost of having cats and dogs that violate city ordinances will be increasing in Atwater starting Jan. 1. In response to numerous animal complaints, the Atwater City Council agreed Wednesday to attach some hefty fines to the violations. A dog that barks too much will cost a pet owner $50 after the first of the year. That's double the current fee. Animal nuisance violations, including animals that are left to run around town, will increase from the current $35 to a new rate of $50 for the first violation.
WILLMAR -- Carmen Clementson, who is a supervisor with the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department, was injured Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Business Highway 71, near the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. Clementson, 52, of Willmar, was hospitalized over- night Tuesday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and was still a patient as of Wednesday afternoon. The 10:49 a.m.
WILLMAR -- Short-term changes made to improve a dangerous intersection near the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building have apparently not worked. On Wednesday, the day after two more accidents were reported on Business Highway 71 near the county building, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said the traffic counts, accident records and options for altering the intersection need to be re-evaluated this winter.
LITCHFIELD -- An investigation with an unknown target is under way within Meeker County by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to multiple sources, there were eight to 10 FBI agents Wednesday at the Meeker County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center interviewing a number of individuals. No information is available about the target of the federal investigation in Meeker County, but two local officials confirm an investigation is taking place. Litchfield Police Chief Patrick Fank said Monday that some of his officers were interviewed Wednesday by FBI agents.
WILLMAR -- If a team of Willmar firefighters were inside the West Central Tribune today responding to an emergency, they would not be able communicate directly with firefighters standing right outside the door. Instead, the firefighters on the inside would have to call the county dispatch center with their questions or request for assistance and the dispatch center would relay that information to the firefighters on the outside.
LITCHFIELD -- An investigation is under way within Meeker County by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to multiple sources, there were eight to 10 FBI agents Wednesday at the Meeker County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center interviewing a number of individuals. No information is available about the target of the federal investigation in Meeker County, but local officials confirm an investigation is taking place. Read more on this story Tuesday in the West Central Tribune.
WILLMAR -- Despite early-autumn rains that caused a three-week delay in the start of construction, followed by a late-autumn cold snap that has slowed down plumbing and electrical work, progress is being made on the new psychiatric hospital in Willmar. Ground for the Community Behavioral Health Hospital was broken Oct. 2. The 16-bed facility, which will provide short-term residential acute care to adults with mental illness, is scheduled to open in June. "I think the project is going as well as can be expected," Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl said.
WILLMAR -- A $75,000 grant awarded to the Kandiyohi Area Transit to build a bus shelter in downtown Willmar had to be returned to the state. As a result, the $98,000 project is on hold for now. The KAT operations board learned Tuesday that access to the boulevard on Becker Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest had not made it through the tangle of legal paperwork in time for the 2007 construction season. As a result KAT was required to relinquish the funding, provided by the Minnesota Department of Transportation's transit division. John Groothuis, KAT transit director, said Qwest, which owns