A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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A former Willmar High School chess champion, who is now a physicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, will be sharing the glory when the Nobel Prize for Physics is handed out Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden. Dale Fixsen, who graduated from Willmar in 1974, was a key member of a team of scientists that studied the early origins of the universe. Fixsen developed the crucial mathematical model for a component of NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer satellite, known as COBE.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will tour Prinsco Inc., a Prinsburg company that makes plastic drainage tiles, as part of its meeting Thursday. The commissioners are scheduled to eat lunch at the Prinsburg Café before visiting the southern Kandiyohi County company. Commissioner Harlan Madsen, who represents that area, arranged the tour. The commissioners will meet Thursday this week, a change from their regular meeting date, in order to attend the annual meeting of the Association of Minnesota Counties. They will meet at 9 a.m.
WILLMAR -- Construction bids for two new additions at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center are expected to be awarded Thursday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The project is estimated at more than $400,000.
Peyton Mueske tries to stand as still as a kindergartner can while pretending to be an apple tree. Meanwhile, Samuel Oehrlein buzzes like a bee with strips of paper and cotton balls, which represent nectar and pollen, that he puts into bags that Peyton is holding.
WILLMAR -- Efforts to help Willmar's only taxi service stay in business apparently came too late. The Kandiyohi Area Transit governing boards had agreed earlier this fall to subsidize the private taxi company during hours when the KAT buses weren't running. KAT had agreed to dedicate $20,000 to subsidize taxi rides during early morning and late evening hours. Keeping the taxi service in operation would help provide inexpensive transportation service to the community, provide additional revenue to the struggling taxi company and prevent KAT from running expensive buses longer hours. But the
GROVE CITY -- Three weeks after voters rejected a request to increase the school levy, the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board agreed to hold another election in three months to seek the same levy increase. At its meeting Monday, the board set Feb. 13 as the new election date. Ballots will be cast from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at polls at all three schools in the district.
Sleeping over at a friend's house is usually fun for a teen. But crashing on any couch that's handy at friends' homes night after night for weeks or months on end is not fun.
Cara, 18, of Grove City, said the last time she had a stable home was when she was in the ninth grade. But then her mother began using meth and got in trouble with the law, said Cara, who estimates she's stayed at about 20 different places temporarily over the past four years. Cara did not want to give her last name. She said she wished there was a shelter house in the area just for homeless youth. ***** The first time Raven Daak became homeless was when she was 12 years old.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Dean Johnson said he has no idea why the Minnesota Supreme Court justices lied about conversations that were held in his office about issues, including the marriage amendment. "They have to answer for themselves," said Johnson on Wednesday in Willmar during a press conference with local media.
WILLMAR -- Two weeks after losing his Senate seat in an upset election, Sen. Dean Johnson held a news conference in Willmar with local media to "talk about the past, present and future" of his 30-year political career. Although he had spoken with metro press since losing to Willmar Republican Joe Gimse for the District 13 seat, Wednesday morning was the first time Johnson, DFL-Willmar, had spoken to his hometown newspaper and radio station reporters. In explaining that, Johnson said that he "simply wasn't ready" to talk to local reporters any earlier.