A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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NEW LONDON -- A cyclone in Myanmar has created an even stronger link between two families -- one living in rural New London and the other living in Yangon, one of the hardest-hit cities in Myanmar. Fortunately, members from both families were unharmed, said the Rev. Duane Semmler. His daughter, Susan, is finishing her fourth and final year as a teacher at the International School of Yangon. A 1994 New London-Spicer graduate, Susan Semmler had taught biology in Yangon for several years and is currently the school's technology expert. "The devastation there is quite great," said the Rev.
WILLMAR -- The installation of a sanitary sewer system to three Spicer lakes is expected to begin this month. The Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District system will be extended to Nest Lake, George Lake and Henderson Lake. The $6 million project, which will make the municipal sanitary sewer system available to about 313 lake residents, will be completed next year. Following an information meeting two weeks ago and public hearings last weekend, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners approved all three projects.
Troubling statistics show the teen pregnancy rate in Kandiyohi far exceeds the state average. In 2006, the Kandiyohi County teen pregnancy rate for 15- to 19-year-olds was 55.4 per 1,000.
1. First, encourage communication by reassuring kids that they can talk to you about anything. 2. Take advantage of teachable moments. A friend's pregnancy, news article or a TV show can help start a conversation. 3. Listen more than you talk. Think about what you're being asked. Confirm with your child that what you heard is, in fact, what he or she meant to ask. 4. Don't jump to conclusions. The fact that a teen asks about sex does not mean they are having or thinking about having sex. 5. Answer questions simply and directly. Give factual, honest, short and simple answers. 6.
The Coalition for Healthy Adolescent Sexuality is a volunteer-based organization that's supported by Willmar Public Schools, Rice Memorial Hospital, Hope Pregnancy Center, Planned Parenthood of Willmar, Kandiyohi County Public Health, Kandiyohi County Family Services, New London-Spicer Public Schools, Affiliated Community Medical Centers and West Central Integration Collaborative. Funding provided by the Otto Bremer Foundation and Willmar Area Community Foundation helped the coalition obtain the equipment and materials needed to provide the community presentations. Many of the current coalit
Print resources: "Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen" a book by David Walsh, Ph.D. "Emerging Answers 2007" by Douglas Kirby, Ph.D.
ATWATER -- Some residents in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District may throw their hands up in despair when they consider the financial problems and community divisions within their school district. Melissa Kaisner hopes they will instead fold their hands in prayer. She's inviting the community to meet with her at the school flag poles at 7 p.m. during the next three Sunday evenings to pray for the ACGC schools and students. "I'm one of many concerned parents who don't want to see our schools closed because of unrest," she said. This Sunday she will be at the school in Atwater.
Members of 849th Mobility Augmentation Company based out of Litchfield return home from deployment The thud-thud-thud of a hovering helicopter, the piercing fire engine sirens and the roar of Harley-Davidson motorcycles ridden by members of the Patriot Guard couldn't drown out the cheers of people who welcomed home 94 Minnesota National Guard members Wednesday in Litchfield. The 849th Mobility Augmentation Company returned home after an 11-month deployment, including nine months in Iraq. As the buses stopped in front of the Litchfield Armory, soldiers quickly filed out and walked through a
Rick Nordin thought it was one of the guys joking around when he answered the phone and was told that the band he put together in 1984 was going to be inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame this weekend. He soon realized the call wasn't a prank. "I had goose bumps for an hour," said Nordin of Lake Lillian, who organized the Doc Holliday Band 24 years ago as a "weekend band of married guys." With a style of music that transitioned from Texas swing to southern rock to "country with a kick" to Top 40, the Doc Holliday Band had five or six members at any given time.
LITCHFIELD - Members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company were welcomed home Wednesday during a celebration held at the Litchfield Armory. The 94 members had been deployed for 11 months, including nine months in Iraq. "We are extremely happy to have them home," said Lt. Col. Dan Hoben, who officially welcomed the troops home and then dismissed them from duty as anxious family members and friends waited on the other side of the auditorium. Although Gov.