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 -- A proposal to subsidize the Willmar Taxi service as part of the Kandiyohi Area Transit system was approved Friday by the KAT joint powers board. The subsidy will go into effect Jan.
WILLMAR -- A press conference Tuesday in Willmar where state leaders of pro-life and pro-marriage organizations lambasted Sen.
WILLMAR -- Mike Hatch said his campaign for governor is "so red hot" that his campaign vehicle caught on fire Monday while on a five-city tour that included a stop in Willmar. Whether or not it was because of his campaign or not, the vehicle Hatch and his campaign workers were traveling in did apparently blow a hose and overheated after leaving St. Cloud.
PENNOCK -- Beer and wine bottles collected from Stearns, Meeker and Chippewa counties bars are now lining the streets of Pennock. Actually, the green and brown bottles are crushed and mixed with gravel to make the road bed for the streets being built in Pennock's new residential development. The streets, and the glass, will eventually be covered with asphalt. The test case in Pennock could help resolve problems for contractors who need quality road building material and local garbage haulers who need an affordable alternative for recycling glass.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Junior High science teacher Randy Frederickson would be happy next spring to sport a head full of shocking pink hair.
New Orleans French Quarter jazz isn't the first thing one would expect in Brooten. The town of about 650 people -- most with Scandinavian or German heritage -- is in the heart of the Bonanza Valley farm fields. Just barely in Stearns County, Brooten hangs on the edges of Pope and Kandiyohi counties. Grain trucks rumble through town during the week and residents go to church on Sunday. But John O's -- a new dinner restaurant and lounge that opened this month in Brooten -- has jazzed up this small farming town.
GROVE CITY -- An audit report of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District shows that budget cuts implemented this year are helping the district inch its way out of statutory operating debt. The report, which was presented Monday, showed the general fund ended the 2005-06 school year with a negative balance of $340,397.
WILLMAR -- People who use the Willmar Taxi service to go to work during evening hours when Kandiyohi Area Transit buses are parked for the day, may get a subsidy from KAT. John Groothuis, KAT transit director, said the partnership could be beneficial to Willmar Taxi, KAT and the riders who need transportation. The preliminary proposal was discussed Tuesday with the KAT operations board. Groothuis said Willmar Taxi, owned by Care Transportation Inc. of St. Cloud, is struggling financially.
ATWATER -- A city-owned building that had housed the Atwater library and senior dining center was sold Wednesday for $10,500. The Atwater City Council had three bids for the building on Atlantic Avenue, which was vacated by the city earlier this year because of structural problems.
WILLMAR -- A grant that could generate up to $45,000 to educate local teens and young adults on the dangers of driving while intoxicated is being sought by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department. The Kandiyohi County Commissioners approved the grant application on Tuesday. If approved, the money would be used to create a new safe community coalition. The coalition would team up with Ridgewater College, area school districts, emergency squads and the county highway engineer to prevent accidents, Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said.