A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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GRANITE FALLS -- Stina Leiseth, 16, was killed Wednesday after the vehicle she was driving rolled and landed upside down in a small stream near her home. Leiseth, a junior at Yellow Medicine East High School, died at the Granite Falls Hospital. YME Principal Karen Norell said Leiseth was a "good kid doing what good kids do" when she was killed Wednesday in the single-car accident that happened just a quarter mile from her parents' rural Granite Falls home. Personable, academic and someone who came to school "happy, upbeat and ready to go," is how Norell describes the 16-year-old junior.
A swarm of fully grown tom turkeys crowded around Kim Gorans' feet Tuesday morning for their final Thanksgiving dance. The 42-pounders were scheduled to be shipped out this week for processing. Every year Gorans Brothers Inc., located in the Svea-Blomkest area, produces 44 million pounds of turkeys that is processed at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar. The second-generation, family-owned operation is part of the massive web of farmers who keep Minnesota ranked No.
WILLMAR -- A deep look at poverty in Minnesota conducted over the past year will result in a set of recommendations that could help end poverty by 2020. A year ago a bipartisan legislative commission traveled the state, listening to and learning about people who are poor. The commission is "really taking poverty to task," said Deb Brandt, a spokeswoman for Heartland Community Action Agency during a presentation Monday at the Willmar Library. Although Minnesota is ranked the eighth lowest for poverty, there are pockets of low-income families and individuals who experience barriers to achievi
ATWATER -- Liquor and gaming licenses were approved Wednesday for a restaurant that's scheduled to open this month in Atwater under new ownership. The Atwater City Council granted the licenses to Jess Davies and Marvin Fedewerd, who will be operating The Railside bar and restaurant in the Atlantic Avenue building that had been the home to Revy's bar and lounge for many years. Most recently the Great Western Steakhouse had been located there. That short-lived business closed early this spring, leaving a big gap in the town's business district. After granting the licenses, the council wished
WILLMAR -- Since it began taking patients in September, Willmar's new 16-bed mental health hospital has been at or near capacity, but a shortage of state and federal funds is creating a "bottleneck" in where those patients go when they're discharged. Kevin Bollin, director of Willmar's Community Behavioral Health Hospital, told the Kandiyohi County Commissioners this week that that the average stay for clients at the hospital should be 14 to 17 days. But the lack of money has created a shortage of options for long-term housing for those suffering from chronic and persistent mental illness, B
A spirited exchange between an official for U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and the Swift County auditor took place Thursday morning as the recount of ballots for the U.S.
WILLMAR -- With an eye of caution to final cost figures, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to take another step to construct two new buildings -- one to house the county's rescue sq-uad and one to house abandoned animals. In separate unanimous votes, the commissioners agreed to authorize TSP Inc.
WILLMAR - With an eye of caution to final cost figures, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to take another step to construct two new buildings - one to house the county's rescue squad and one to house abandoned animals. In separate unanimous votes, the commissioners agreed to authorize TSP Inc. of Rochester to prepare bid documents for a new 12,600-square-foot rescue squad building that would be located near the current building along Lakeland Drive.
WILLMAR -- Tables, chairs, pilers, sorters and -- most importantly -- ballots are being prepared for the recount in the U.S. Senate race that will begin at 9 a.m.
WILLMAR -- Figuring out why teenagers do the things they do can be perplexing to parents. Toss in alcohol and a teen's brain can be "hijacked," said Dr.