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 -- The Kandiyohi County Commissioners reluctantly agreed Tuesday to approve a 6.5 percent rate increase as part of a contract with a state program to treat people with chemical addictions. The contract is with the Community Addiction and Recovery Enterprise of Willmar, which is located on the Willmar Regional Treatment Center campus and formerly called the Bradley Center. Commissioner Richard Falk said he would vote for the rate increase "once" but didn't want to see another large rate increase in the future. Chairman Dean Shuck said it was unusual to see such a large rate increase
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County's fleet of snow plows and sanding trucks were lined up in neat rows Tuesday as the County Commissioners and public toured the county's the new maintenance and vehicle storage facility. The 25,000-square-foot addition was built onto the existing public works facility on East Highway 12 in Willmar.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen.-elect Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said she intends to live by a strict code of ethics during her term as senator and will help lead efforts to enact a "stronger, smarter ethics reform" on the national level. Klobuchar said she believes ethics reform will be adopted in Washington, D.C. within the first three to four months of 2007.
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WILLMAR -- Rep. Marty Seifert said he's optimistic about the tone and outcome of the 2007 Legislative session. "I think it'll be productive," said Seifert during a brief stop in Willmar on Wednesday. He predicts legislators will work together to end the session "on time and within the budget." As the new House minority leader, Seifert, R-Marshall, will carry a considerable share of the responsibility for making sure goals are reached during the session, which begins Jan.
WILLMAR -- Camping fees at Kandiyohi County parks will remain the same in 2007, even though the 2006 budget showed a 40,000 deficit. About $25,000 of the financial shortfall came from funding lifeguards, said County Administrator Wayne Thompson. Revenue generated from camping fees also was down slightly at some parks.
NEW LONDON -- After 16 years of combing the beach, fueling up boats for rental and helping campers settle into a week or two of summer paradise, Ken and Helen Heinen are leaving their jobs as managers of Kandiyohi County Park 7. The Heinens have managed the park on Games Lake since 1991. Applications for a new manager are being reviewed by county staff with a decision expected by the end of the month. "We're really going to miss it," Ken Heinen said.
WILLMAR -- Even at 91, it was a rare day that Earl B. Olson didn't visit the Jennie-O corporate office in Willmar. It was second nature to check out what was new in the turkey business that he launched nearly 60 years ago. "Earl was a regular fixture here in the office on a daily basis," said Mike Tolbert, president of the Jennie-O Turkey Store. "He was always there cheering us on." Olson, who died Monday, had continued to serve on the board of directors at Jennie-O, attended regular meetings and conferences and offered his advice about ways to help the industry grow, said Tolbert.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit Monday for the expansion of a feedlot located east of Willmar. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will take final action on the permit at their meeting Dec. 19. Tom Gustafson is seeking to expand a feedlot where he raises replacement heifers for a neighboring dairy farmer. Gustafson, who farms with his son, Riley, currently raises 400 dairy heifers and 20 calves, or the equivalent of 284 animal units.
WILLMAR -- Ever since service by Willmar's lone taxi car and driver was eliminated last month by a St.