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 sale of the Willmar Regional Treatment Center will be completed on Monday, but without any grand fanfare.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar man who is in jail on multiple charges for kidnapping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend in November, faces additional charges for making phone calls to the woman from jail. Chad Michael Ridener, 18, of Willmar was arraigned Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court for violating an order for protection for making phone calls where he threatened to harm the woman one minute and pledged his love the next. The charge, which is a misdemeanor, will be added to a list of 13 previous charges, including serious felonies that Ridener was charged with last year.
WILLMAR -- A final plat for a residential development on Swan Lake in Kandiyohi Township was approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The plat includes six residential homes in an R-1 shoreland district. Since the preliminary plat for the development was approved by the planning commission in May 2004, the proposal was side-lined in a Kandiyohi County court on the issue of who owned a road leading to the proposed development site. When the application for the preliminary plat was made, it was believed the road was an unimproved township road.
WILLMAR -- A deal to sell a majority of the land and buildings at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center to a private Willmar company will be closed on Jan. 16. Jim Sieben, a spokesman for MinnWest Technology, said Thursday that verbal agreements on final issues were resolved Wednesday. Now all that's needed is the follow-up paperwork. He said once the documents are "pulled together" and reviewed one last time by the company, the deal will be sealed.
ATWATER -- Finding a new home for the library, senior nutrition site and city offices were cited as the main items on the "to do" list for Atwater Mayor Bruce Baker. Baker outlined his goals during the council's meeting on Wednesday. The library is located in a building that the city intends to raze because of its poor structural condition. The nutrition site is located in the same building. Baker also said the city offices should either be renovated or moved. Atwater voters defeated a proposal last year to build a city complex to house the city offices, library and Police Department.
Matt Haglundk, from Double J Masonry Inc. of New London, applies a sheet of construction board Wednesday to the frame of an extension being constructed at Peace Lutheran Church in New London.
GROVE CITY -- Members of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board re-elected John Cunningham as chairman of the board and Gwen Kresbach as vice chairwoman. Gwen Chase was re-elected as clerk and Kathy Mahn was re-elected as treasurer. The action was taken Tuesday morning at the board's 2006 organizational meeting. The board also made committee assignments, designated official depositories, named the West Central Tribune as the official newspaper and maintained the annual salary for board members at $500.
WILLMAR -- A wetland replacement plan that's a required component for a 115-acre commercial development site in Willmar will be fine-tuned and then resubmitted to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners for approval in the near future. Based on a recommendation by a technical evaluation panel that includes state and county environmental personnel, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday denied approval of the wetland replacement plan for the Waterview Business Park. The plan was submitted by Duininck Bros.
WILLMAR -- Dean Shuck was elected Tuesday by his peers to serve as chairman of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Shuck, who was elected to the board in 2002, served as vice chairman in 2005. Commissioner Harlan Madsen was elected as vice chairman. Madsen will also serve as chairman of the Family Services Board and Health Board. The terms of Shuck, Madsen and Commissioner Dick Falk will be up for election this fall.
WILLMAR -- A new policy that goes into effect this year will prohibit vicious dogs and exotic animals from Kandiyohi County parks. The policy was approved Dec. 20 by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners after hearing complaints from park managers about being bitten by campers' dogs.