A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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GROVE CITY -- Voters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District voted down a school operating levy by a 110-vote margin on Tuesday. The unofficial vote was 1,053 to 943. Voters in Cosmos and Grove City approved the levy by a 62-vote margin. Voters in Atwater, however, voted against the levy by a 101-vote margin. "Frustrated" was how Superintendet Pamela Kyllingstad summed up her feelings about the election results. This was the third time in three years, and the second time in three months, that a levy referendum had been held in the district.
ST. PAUL -- A Spicer man was reappointed this week by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to serve on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Antonio Tejeda, an attorney with the Willmar law firm of Anderson, Larson, Hanson and Saunders, will serve a four-year term on the committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the governor and the State Legislature on issues, trends and practices of the state's juvenile justice system.
WILLMAR -- Action on a conditional use permit to expand a livestock operation near Kandiyohi was delayed Monday until March 12. The Kandiyohi County Planning Commission agreed to delay action after the applicant, David M.
WILLMAR -- During the last 15 years, 488 tons of hazardous waste that can be found in most people's homes was recycled or packed up and shipped out at the Kandiyohi County Household Hazardous Waste facility in Willmar. In 2006, the center processed 46.9 tons of hazardous waste, said Carol Schmiesing, the household hazardous waste director. Typical household hazardous waste includes latex and oil paints, pesticides, weed killers, acids, solvents, fuels, pharmaceuticals, aerosol cans and fluorescent bulbs that contain mercury. "There's some nasty stuff out there," Schmiesing said. Collecting
WILLMAR -- A public process was set in motion Tuesday to review the potential environmental effects of two gravel pits near Eagle Lake. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to an environmental assessment worksheet the county originally approved in 2003. That decision is the first step in a process that will include a new public comment period on the worksheet.
WILLMAR -- A nonprofit agency that provides training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities is purchasing the Home State Bank building in Kandiyohi. The purchase will allow the Kandi Works Developmental Achievement Center to consolidate administrative offices, expand retail sale of products and provide additional room for programs for older clients. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to lend the organization $260,000 to purchase the building, which has been vacant since Jan. 10 when the bank moved its operation to Willmar.
WILLMAR -- A report shows two proposed gravel pits near Eagle Lake would not have cumulative potential effects to the environment. The report, prepared by Willmar engineering company Bolton and Menk Inc., will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The study on the gravel pits was conducted as a result of a Supreme Court decision in 2006.
WILLMAR -- Human services directors from Yellow Medicine and Lac qui Parle counties say they were surprised to learn their counties are on a list of 15 counties in the state that were identified as "struggling" to provide services. Information citing problems with the state's system for delivering human services, such as health care for children and income assistance for vulnerable adults, was included in a legislative auditor's report that was issued Monday. While the report does not name the 15 counties, the information is public and was released to news media.
WILLMAR -- Recycling wasn't always a part of Cyril Hiltner's daily routine. In the past he put plastic bottles, newspaper and glass in the garbage. But when the Belgrade man started to save and sell aluminum cans, he decided he might as well recycle the other stuff as well. "It's better than throwing it on a dump pile or burying it," said Hiltner, who was unloading his recycling Thursday at the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center. If containers can be reused, it's "stupid" to put them in the garbage, said Hiltner.
WILLMAR -- A narrow, privately owned road leading to Swan Lake in Kandiyohi Township will become a public road on Sept. 1. The decision, which was negotiated between neighboring landowners with differing interests, ends a two-year battle over ownership of the road.