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 -- Minnesota's new information center and training ground for methamphetamine treatment is slowly taking shape in Willmar. Called the Minnesota Methamphetamine Resource Center, the small office is located in the Medallion building on the Willmar Regional Treatment Center campus. An executive director and administrative assistant have been hired, a training workshop is planned for September and a primary component of the program -- a Web site -- goes online for the first time today. The 2005 Legislature provided $600,000 over two years to create the center in response to the growing
WILLMAR -- After the Legislature approved funding in 2005, the Department of Human Services was "off and running," to develop a methamphetamine resource center, said Doug Seiler, regional administrator for the State Operated Services Division of the Department of Human Services. "Actually, we were off and crawling," he said with a laugh.
WILLMAR -- A local group is helping Kandiyohi County inch closer to its goal of having an economy based on ag-based, renewable resources by 2015. Wind energy, gasification, a methane digester, as well as using manure, corn stover, dried distillers grain from ethanol plants and garbage from the landfill as fuel are all on the table when it comes to shaking out an energy plan for the future. On Thursday, the Agribusiness and Renewable Energy Development Committee, which is an arm of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, heard updates on all of those fronts.
WILLMAR -- If the summer's exceptionally warm and dry weather continues, corn yields in Minnesota will be significantly lowered from the potential yield that was developing, according to Dale Hicks, agronomist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
WILLMAR -- The poor water quality of Lake Wakanda, located in southern Kandiyohi County, has been studied for at least 15 years and not much has been done yet to make improvements. A draft management plan to improve the water quality could provide the necessary vehicle for action in the near future.
WILLMAR - Kerrie Reinert hoists buckets of ground corn into the box of a well-used farm truck, slams the tailgate shut, hops into the cab and heads off to feed a pen of Holstein heifers. It's a little past noon and she's finished the 5:30 a.m. milking on the rural Willmar dairy farm where she works as a herdsman. She has a long list of chores to do before she goes back to the barn of 240 cows for the evening milking. With a wide grin and a slight bow to her blond head, Reinert acknowledges she puts in some long days of physically demanding work. She also gets dirty.
WILLMAR -- A proposal to put two county departments under one umbrella received a tepid response Tuesday from the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Family Service Director Larry Kleindl had asked the commissioners to form an advisory group and take several months to study the possibility of merging the Family Services and Public Health departments and creating a new Human Services Board to oversee it. Kleindl said a merger could result in better coordination and integration of services while avoiding duplication of expenses, staff and equipment. With a change in leadership in the nex
WILLMAR -- A proposal to revamp a 3.5 mile section of Highway 23/71 north of Willmar by building interchanges and closing existing accesses roads drew questions, concerns and suggestions from property owners along the route. During a public meeting Monday in Willmar, residents heard about options the Minnesota Department of Transportation is considering for changing the highway. MnDOT, likewise heard from residents in the first of many public meetings that will be held before construction begins, which will be 2015 at the earliest. MnDOT says the improvements are needed to accommodate proje
BLOMKEST -- Minnesota voters will be using new technology, while still hanging on to the comfort of a paper ballot, when they go to the polls this fall. Both components of Minnesota's new voting system were on display Thursday night in Blomkest during the Kandiyohi County town's annual summer celebration. Set up near the door of the Blomkest Community Center, Ryan Flugaur was demonstrating how the AutoMARK ballot marker and the precinct counter machines work. Flugaur is one of eight people employed by the Minnesota Secretary of State's office that has the task of traveling around the state
WILLMAR -- A long stretch of warm, dry weather that's likely to extend at least another week is putting stress on area crops, especially corn, alfalfa and small grains, like wheat and oats. "Everybody is looking for a good soaker right now," said Wes Nelson, Kandiyohi County Farm Service Agency director. From the road, corn fields look green, tall and in pretty good shape, said Leon Johnson, director from the Chippewa County Farm Service Agency. "But we could use a drink," Johnson said. "We need rain -- and soon." A U.S.