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 -- In many town halls across Minnesota only a handful of voters showed up Tuesday for the annual elections. In Kandiyohi County, some townships reported voter turnout of about a dozen people who used paper ballots to vote for a town board supervisor or treasurer. Yet under the current state law, townships will be required to use the new electronic voting machines during the 2008 March township elections. The machines, required under the federal Help America Vote Act, are especially designed for people with disabilities.
WILLMAR -- Democrats are wasting their time in a "futile" process of introducing and passing bills to raise taxes that will be vetoed by the governor, according to a Republican legislative leader. House Minority Leader Marty Seifert of Marshall said he is "shocked" at the number of bills DFL lawmakers have introduced this session to increase taxes that he estimated would cost his family of four about $1,000 a year. Seifert made the comments Friday during a stop at the West Central Tribune in Willmar. Minnesota's DFL lawmakers are "blindly going forward" introducing tax increases that Gov.
WILLMAR -- Surveys that will help identify community needs in Kandiyohi County begin arriving this week at Kandiyohi County homes. A total of 1,200 households were randomly selected to complete the survey as part of an 18-month project called the United Community Assessment of Needs. The surveys were put in the mail on Thursday.
WILLMAR -- With a quick leap, Gov. Tim Pawlenty swung himself onto the steps of a one-of-a-kind self-propelled agricultural sprayer that was made at a Willmar manufacturing company. "The advantage is more torque" Pawlenty said knowingly, while hearing about the latest piece of equipment to roll out of Redball LLC. The company is part of Willmar Fabrication, which also includes Custom Roto-Mold Inc. Pawlenty toured Willmar Fabrication, Relco Unisystems and the MinnWest Technology Campus on Tuesday during a four-hour stay in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Minnesotans will need to be "razor sharp" to stay competitive in a changing world economy that could put countries such as China and India ahead of the United States. In a speech Tuesday in Willmar to about 200 people who attended a luncheon sponsored by the Willmar Area Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Gov.
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit for a feedlot that's less than a half-mile from the city limits of Kandiyohi was unanimously approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The action was taken after hearing about potential problems when agricultural growth conflicts with urban growth. Kandiyohi city residents said they were concerned that the feedlot could be detrimental to the future of the small town.
SPICER -- An undisclosed financial donation from the Jennie-O Turkey Store has provided the final piece of funding for a $382,000 construction project at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. The project, which includes a new multipurpose room and a "tree house" education room, is expected to begin at the end of May and be completed over the summer. "We are really pleased," said Dave Pederson, director of the environmental learning facility located west of Spicer near Lake Florida.
ST. PAUL -- Two Willmar lawmakers were recently appointed to a statewide government agency that addresses issues that pertain to Minnesota's Chicano and Latino population. Rep. Al Juhnke and Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Several local legislators crossed party lines Thursday and voted to name former Sen. Dean Johnson to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Johnson was one of four elected to six-year terms. Johnson had gone through the lengthy screening process and had been one of 11 finalists for the board but was not on the list of candidates recommended by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
WILLMAR -- Proposed legislation that would allocate new state money for child protection and mental health services needs to be approved this year, according to Kandiyohi County officials. Jay Kieft, director of Kandiyohi County Family Services, said the federal government is reducing funds in the coming year for programs that provide prevention services for children. If those lost funds aren't replaced with state funds, programs may be reduced and more children may be at risk, Kieft said. A proposed "child protection and safety act" that's currently in the Minnesota House would provide $55