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 -- Larry Kleindl, director of the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department, is expected to be named today as the new administrator for Kandiyohi County, according to Kandiyohi County Board Chairman Dean Shuck. Kleindl will replace Wayne Thompson, who has served as county administrator for 28 years. Thompson said in November that he would officially announce his retirement in July. It's not known exactly when Thompson will leave the job and when Kleindl will take over the position.
WILLMAR -- Approval of a final plat for a housing development near Swan Lake was tabled by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners until Feb. 21, when all the commissioners are expected to be present. Only three of the five commissioners were at the meeting Tuesday, with Commissioner Harlan Madsen voicing approval of the plat and Commissioner Richard Falk saying he intended to vote against it.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Regional Treatment Center now has new owners. In action Monday described as "very boring" by one of the participating attorneys, signature papers were matched with about 43 different documents as part of the procedure to close the sale. The action completes the sale of the campus to two new owners -- Kandiyohi County and a private Willmar company called MinnWest Technology. Although the action represents a historic change for the Willmar Regional Treatment Center and the community, the legal transfer of property was not a public event. "It would have been very boring
WILLMAR -- A narrow gravel road that leads to property near a shallow lake in Kandiyohi Township is at the heart of a dispute over a proposed housing development. Referred to as the "disputed road" in court documents, the road should actually be a road block to the proposed development, according to members of the Swan Lake Hunting Club, which has owned property in the area for 20 years.
WILLMAR -- The sale of the Willmar Regional Treatment Center will be completed on today, 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 -- The sale of the Willmar Regional Treatment Center will be completed on Monday, but without any grand fanfare.
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.