A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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ATWATER -- A request to reinstate Paul Schmidt to the Atwater Police Department has been delayed until Jan.
WILLMAR -- The reasons why 16 absentee ballots were rejected in Kandiyohi County during the general election were confirmed Thursday morning. As part of the state recount for the U.S.
WILLMAR - The reasons why 16 absentee ballots were rejected in Kandiyohi County during the general election were confirmed this morning. As part of the state recount for the U.S. Senate seat, two certified election judges representing two different political parties agreed that the ballots were legitimately rejected in November. After examining each ballot, they were sorted into categories of rejection.
WILLMAR -- The current chaos in the economy is bad, but Kandiyohi County residents may find some solace to know that the chaos isn't as bad here as in other parts of the country. Ted Jones, an economist and popular speaker known for his real estate research, said the boom in the nation's economy was not felt as strongly here as in other regions, but neither is the bust being felt is strongly. "You didn't bubble up and you didn't bubble down," said Jones during a presentation Tuesday in Willmar to local real estate agents and lenders, including Stewart Title of Minnesota/Alliance Title Compan
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit to build a wastewater stabilization pond to treat municipal sewage from the Blomkest and Svea communities was approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will take final action Dec. 16. The project has been in the works for four years, said Jim Bullert, project engineer.
WILLMAR - A request to allow multi-unit housing for employees of a large dairy near Pennock will be discussed tonight by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. St.
WILLMAR -- County assessors and farmers have been stewing about how to handle revisions to the state's Green Acres land preservation program. A last-minute legislative change made this spring is creating extra work for assessors and has the potential to cost farmers more money in higher taxes. What's more, the new law could actually end up increasing land development instead of preserving it because of new limitations to the type of land that can now be enrolled. There were "unintended consequences" to the new legislation, said Rep.
WILLMAR -- Sen. Joe Gimse and Rep. Al Juhnke agree on at least one thing -- the $5.3 billion budget deficit that's expected to cast a dark shadow over Minnesota during the next 2½ years is cause for concern and will require action. After that, however, the road kind of divides. Juhnke, a DFL'er from Willmar, said everything should be on the table when it comes to looking for solutions: Spending cuts, tax increases and federal assistance should all be considered. "Everything, absolutely everything, should be on the table," Juhnke said.
WILLMAR -- The proposed $60 million Kandiyohi County budget was laid out Thursday evening for public review during a truth-in-taxation hearing. The proposed net levy of $25,401,541 represents an increase of 6.8 percent. County Administrator Larry Kleindl identified significant new expenditures for 2009, including $1 million for corrective measures at the sanitary landfill. Also listed was $1 million to open a new cell at the landfill, $624,400 for a new emergency radio system, $450,000 for a new digital phone system, $455,000 in federal budget shifts for child welfare and $100,000 in state
WILLMAR -- A proposed policy would give preferential treatment to repeat customers at Kandiyohi County campgrounds, but at the same time equalize opportunities for choice camp sites. "My whole goal was to get consistency across the parks," said County Administrator Larry Kleindl. He said he also wants "everybody to have an equal shot at campsites." The issue of assigning sites to seasonal camp-ers came up on Tuesday afternoon as the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners met as the park board with managers from the county's parks. While it would be rare to have someone turned away because