A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- At the end of a dead-end gravel road off of Kandiyohi County Road 19, three little girls, including a 1-year-old named Gracie, huddled together in the basement of a simple one-story home with four comforting adults and two dogs. As Whitney Peters, 10, was screaming and "bawling," her friend Kylie Halvorson, 12, said she was trying to "think happy thoughts." It was difficult to do as glass shattered and walls collapsed around them Friday evening when a tornado ripped through the rural area about two miles east of Willmar. On the other side of the road, Ken and Joyce Randt were in
As a right-handed woman, it's a bit awkward for Rae Ann Bartz to slip a halter over the head of a sleek bay Arabian named Starman with her left hand.
A benefit omelet breakfast for Rae Ann Bartz will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 20 at the American Legion in Willmar. An auction will be held at 1:30 p.m. Donations may also be sent to Rae Ann Bartz Benefit, Bremer Bank, 500 Willmar Ave. SE, Willmar, MN, 56201. To contribute to the auction call Karla Ohden at 320-894-6748.
WILLMAR -- The state's gas tax increase is not generating the kind of revenue expected to advance state road projects. A tight economy and $4 gas is prompting people to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles, reduce miles driven and purchase less gas. The result is a flat to low growth rate of revenue, according to officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation who were in Willmar Thursday to discuss the proposed 20-year state transportation plan. "There's very little extra money," said Peggy Reichert, MnDOT director of statewide planning. It's estimated MnDOT will receive $2.6 billio
MADISON -- Calling himself a "very moderate Republican" who was a "big fan" of DFL Gov. Rudy Perpich, Mike Bredeck has filed for election for the House 20A seat. The position will be open because Rep. Aaron Peterson, DFL-Appleton, has said he does not plant to file for re-election. Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, has also filed for the seat. This will be the second time around for Bredeck, who ran against Peterson two years ago. Bredeck said he's dusted the "cobwebs" off his campaign signs and has begun campaigning in the western Minnesota district. "I'm hitting the road already.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners got a look Tuesday at public works projects that have been completed this year, those that are under way and those that need to be done in the future. Meeting as the road and bridge committee, the commissioners toured the northern half of the county, where several resurfacing projects of county roads were completed this spring. A roller-coaster ride on the Tri-County road brought home the need for a new box culvert and extended shoulders at the bottom of a very steep hill.
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit was approved Monday for an expansion of an existing swine operation in an A-1 agriculture zone in Holland Township. The Kandiyohi County Planning Commission unanimously approved the permit for Jerome Taatjes for construction of a 72-foot-by-160-foot total confinement farrowing barn and a 156-foot-by-162-foot total confinement gestation barn.
WILLMAR -- Bill Graves of Willmar has filed to run for the District 2 seat on the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. That seat is currently held by Commissioner Richard Larson, who has filed for re-election. Graves, 45, is a businessman who owns the Willmar Dominos pizza store, as well as 52 other Dominos franchises in seven states.