A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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NEW LONDON -- The tire collection Saturday at the Kandiyohi County Landfill will be anything but free for Kandiyohi County. The number of tires generated during the free, one-day collection far exceeded expectations -- and so will the final bill, which could be around $100,000. Nevertheless, the collection was called a success. "It met the goal of removing tires from people's property. We're excited about it being successful," said County Administrator Larry Kleindl. The event was held during Earth Week.
WILLMAR - It's amazing how many sounds there are when it's quiet. Under a cool, gray sky Wednesday outside the Willmar Civic Center, sounds of grief, honor and respect rolled across the grounds as family, friends, military personnel, political leaders and community members arrived and departed the funeral of Army Sgt. Joshua Schmit. The 26-year-old Willmar High School graduate was killed by a roadside bomb April 14 in Iraq, just 10 days before his tour was to have ended. As birds began their early morning songs, Trudie Guptill and T.C.
WILLMAR -- During the month of May, Willmar senior citizens can get a free ride to go eat lunch at the Senior Citizens Center. The Kandiyohi Area Transit operations board agreed Tuesday to offer the rides for one month to encourage seniors to use the new bus route. KAT started the special senior dining route April 16, but so far it's generated no riders. It's hoped that seniors who take advantage of the free transportation will make it a habit.
WILLMAR - More than two hours before a hearse carried the body of Sgt. Joshua Schmit down 19th Avenue Monday afternoon, Kent Boyd was standing on the boulevard, holding his new flag and looking solemnly down the street. The Willmar man joined hundreds of veterans, current military personnel, people on lunch break, toddlers, school children and American Legion Auxiliary members who came to pay their respects to Schmit.
WILLMAR -- If new roads are to be built and existing roads are to be repaired in Kandiyohi County, then Minnesota needs to increase its gas tax. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is officially on record supporting a gas tax increase, as well as other options, like indexing the gas tax and implementing a wheelage tax, for increasing revenue for the county road and bridge fund. The commissioners unanimously approved a resolution last week calling for the Minnesota Legislature to approve a comprehensive road and transit funding package this year. Kandiyohi County Board Chairman Harla
WILLMAR -- Gravel that's mined in Kandiyohi County could be taxed by the beginning of 2008. The estimated $100,000 in new revenue would be used to maintain county, township and city roads that are used by gravel trucks. Members of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners said they all agree it's time to consider a gravel tax, which would be paid by the haulers or pit operators, but gave no guarantee it would receive final approval. "I know we will be taking that topic up shortly," said Commissioner Dennis Peterson, adding that Kandiyohi County is one of the few counties in the region tha
BIRD ISLAND -- Even though soil temperatures are a bit cool, the date on the calendar indicates it's time to plant, and that's what Randy Kramer was doing this week. The Bird Island farmer already had early peas in the ground near Brooten and was starting to plant corn and sugar beets on land near Bird Island and Hector. During an interview on his cellular phone Friday morning, Kramer was driving a tractor from one field to another to apply herbicide. "I'm on the move right now and I see fields that are being tilled," he said.
WILLMAR -- Concerns about spreading diseases, and the threat of forced slaughter of swine after competing at the county fair, has resulted in a statewide change in the process for how identification tags are applied to 4-H hogs. Kandiyohi County 4-H members received letters last week explaining the change, which is being enforced across the state immediately. The new rule applies only to swine. "We're being proactive," said Jodi Bakke, Kandiyohi County 4-H coordinator.
WILLMAR -- After investing endless hours of county staff time to study the environmental effects of two gravel pits and working through a legal challenge that went all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners made the same decision Tuesday that it did nearly four years ago. In a 4-1 vote, the commissioners said there were no potentially significant environmental effects from the two gravel pits located north of Willmar near Eagle Lake.
ATWATER -- Reed Schmidt is a talker. And a waver.