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 -- A wetland replacement plan that's a required component for a 115-acre commercial development site in Willmar will be fine-tuned and then resubmitted to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners for approval in the near future. Based on a recommendation by a technical evaluation panel that includes state and county environmental personnel, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday denied approval of the wetland replacement plan for the Waterview Business Park. The plan was submitted by Duininck Bros.
WILLMAR -- A new policy that goes into effect this year will prohibit vicious dogs and exotic animals from Kandiyohi County parks. The policy was approved Dec. 20 by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners after hearing complaints from park managers about being bitten by campers' dogs.
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar and Kandiyohi County may be working together on a project that could help relieve flooding issues in some parts of Willmar, and improve the quality of storm water to downstream lakes and rivers. At their meeting Tuesday, the Willmar Public Works/Safety Committee unanimously supported a proposal to share the cost of a revised Grass Lake project with Kandiyohi County.
WILMAR -- Gratitude and relief may be the two words that best describe the response of people who have received help in paying their heating bills this season. Lori Raiber, housing and planning director for the Heartland Community Action Agency office in Willmar, said they've received numerous cards and comments from clients who've received financial assistance to help cover the high cost of heating their homes. "People have been very grateful and appreciative," said Raiber.
WILLMAR -- A new logo that's being drawn for the Kandiyohi County Historical Society is based on one that was designed decades ago by Willmar artist Eben Lawson. Lawson was a well-known artist whose cartoons were published in what was then called the Willmar Tribune. His brother, Victor, was the publisher of the newspaper from 1895-1940. The design features a large letter "K" with three buffalo fish swimming around it. The design has appeared on a small scale in past publications sponsored by the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
WILLMAR -- After a long campaign by residents, a southern Kandiyohi County lake has officially been renamed Lake Wakanda. Final approval was granted late this fall by the United States Board on Geographic Names to correctly spell the name of the shallow lake. Most historical maps had spelled it "Waconda," but the most recent legal map spelled it "Wagonga," leaving many people confused. The new spelling -- Lake Wakanda -- is believed to more accurately reflect the Dakota word that means "sacred place" or "where the spirit dwells." The new name is now entered into the nation's official geogr
WILLMAR -- Senate approval of federal funding cuts to the Medicaid program will mean Kandiyohi County residents who currently receive certain family services will have those services cut. The same is expected to happen in every county in Minnesota and the rest of the United States. "It's major blow to some of the most vulnerable and disabled and needy people in the United States," said Kandiyohi County Family Services Director Larry Kleindl on Wednesday, after the Senate voted 51 to 50 to approve the legislation. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., voted for the bill and Sen.
GROVE CITY -- A mix of proposals to save money in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District also includes a plan to increase the kindergarten program. ACGC is in statutory operating debt -- having a deficit beyond levels allowed by the state -- and is in the process of cutting the 2006-07 school budget by cutting positions and programs.
WILLMAR -- A plan to purchase, store, maintain, repair, insure, program, test and operate new voting equipment was approved Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners.
WILLMAR -- A handshake and a signed memorandum of understanding could help secure federal funding for a methane digester to be built somewhere in Kandiyohi County and in China. Methane digesters use fuels such as animal manure, municipal waste, food waste and agricultural byproducts to produce natural gas and electricity.