A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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SPICER -- The biggest pumpkin on record in the state of Minnesota was grown in a small pumpkin patch in rural Spicer. Chad Revier set the new state record Saturday during the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth pumpkin contest in Stillwater. His prize-winner weighed in at 1,428 pounds -- well over the previous state record of 1,258. "It was pretty exciting," Revier said. Based on its measurements, he expected his pumpkin to weigh at least 1,300 and hoped it would be 1,350. When the pumpkin was lowered onto the scale, however, it showed 1,428. "It was 9 percent heavier than I expected," he said.
WILLMAR -- The restaurant at the Eagle Creek Golf Course and country club has a new owner, and in October will be getting a new name. Dave and Mary Baker, who currently own Melvin's on Green Lake in Spicer, purchased the business Sept. 4 from Mike and Dar Dols. For years the restaurant has been known as Blue Heron on the Green.
Nearly 150 years after Ole Knudson laid the first log of a cabin that would house his wife and young children near Norway Lake, his great-grandson stands in the doorway of the quiet cabin and gazes at the same rolling hills and wetlands that greeted the Kandiyohi County pioneers in the eastern morning light years ago. Everything is different, yet everything is the same. The original cabin, which had been hidden under numerous and expansive additions as the farmstead grew before it was left vacant in the mid-1960s, has undergone an entire log-by-log removal and rebuilding restoration. It's a
SPICER -- A nearly one-mile section of road on the west side of Green Lake will be restricted to one-lane traffic starting next summer. During a special Kandiyohi County Board meeting Thursday in Spicer, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed that turning Skyline Drive into a one-way road was the best way to address homeowners' concerns about speed, pedestrian safety and the number of vehicles on the curvy road that has banks eroding into Green Lake. The commissioners agreed to wait six weeks to decide whether the one-way traffic will go north or south so they can hea
ATWATER -- After four years of having the scarlet letters S-O-D attached to their school, the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District is now free from that negative financial title. An audit completed this month has determined ACGC is no longer in statutory operating debt, which is the Department of Education's term for having debt that exceeds state limits. Connie Dallmann, ACGC business manager, made the announcement Monday during the school board meeting to a round of applause the board's members. Not only is the district out of statutory operating debt, said Interim Superintendent Rog
ATWATER - The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District is now out of statutory operating debt. The announcement was made Monday during the School Board meeting in Atwater. The district was placed in statutory operating debt four years ago when its level of debt exceeded state standards. Getting out of debt involved making deep cuts to the district's staff and education and arts programs. New revenue from an operating levy approved this spring won't come to the district until the 2009-2010 school year. The district is making plans to use the revenue for updating its curriculum and conduct
WILLMAR -- Because Willmar is large enough to have resources and a solid infrastructure, yet small enough to create partnerships and relationships, its health care system has many positive features. That was one of the messages Dr. Sanne Magnan, Minnesota health commissioner, heard Friday during a meeting with the Kandiyohi County Public Health Department and two county commissioners. Magnan said the community needs to use its strengths to find answers to its challenges.
SPICER -- Chad Revier has been tenderly nursing his pumpkins this summer, trickling fish emulsions, seaweed extract and compost tea into the sturdy vines that feed the mammoth gourds in his rural Kandiyohi County pumpkin patch. The results have been stunning. There are three beasts in his garden. One is estimated to weigh 1,500 pounds. Revier, who began experimenting with giant pumpkins a couple years ago, will be taking all three pumpkins to the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth pumpkin contest in Stillwater next weekend.
ATWATER -- A relatively straightforward air-permitting procedure, started in April of 2006 to allow Bushmills Ethanol to expand its production, has turned into a lengthy and expensive venture for the Atwater business. "It's a long, convoluted process," said Erik Osmon, a bit wearily, during a recent interview.
DIAMOND LAKE -- A rain garden that was constructed this summer with the help of taxpayer-funded grants may be able to remain in a ditch on Breezy Point Road near Diamond Lake. Last month the Harrison Township supervisors ordered Becky and DeWayne Ricklefs to remove the rain garden from the right of way and return the ditch to its previous condition by Sept. 26. At their meeting Tuesday night, however, the supervisors reversed their decision -- with some stipulations. Final action on an agreement between the township and the Ricklefses will be taken Oct.