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 -- Dean Johnson doesn't sit still much. The DFL senator from Willmar runs at least two miles every day, depending on how many church dinners he's attended, which keeps him looking much younger than his 59 years. The running doesn't stop after the morning jog, however. On any given day Johnson rattles off a long list of meetings, open houses, gatherings with service groups, community organizations and church dinners where he's eaten "meatballs and good pieces of pie" that are on the daily calendar. It's all part of the campaign itinerary, but given Johnson's social nature, he would
WILLMAR -- Questions about the water quality of area lakes and residential development that's occurring around those lakes were addressed Thursday night by the candidates running for the Kandiyohi County District 5 commissioner seat. Harlan Madsen, who has served on the County Board for 12 years, is being challenged by Andrew Lindquist to represent the district, which includes the towns of Atwater, Blomkest, Kandiyohi, Lake Lillian, Prinsburg, Raymond and 11 townships in the southern half of Kandiyohi County. Madsen, 57, is a dairy farmer from Lake Lillian.
WILLMAR -- The only time any tension was felt and voices were even slightly raised during the Senate District 13 political debate Tuesday was when candidates responded to the final question of the evening. Even some audience members squirmed a bit or snickered. At the end of what had been a rather routine discussion of issues during the Willmar League of Women Voters debate, Sen.
WILLMAR -- A minor change in the Kandiyohi County zoning ordinance could help bring balance to the issue of where people want to build homes and how the land is currently zoned in the county. The Kandiyohi County Planning Commission agreed Monday to recommend that new wording be added to the ordinance that could increase residential development opportunities two miles west of New London. The action was taken in response to a task the commission was given by the Kandiyohi County board to review residential growth patterns and current zoning ordinances.
WILLMAR -- Painted red, and standing at about eye-level for the average woman, 19 wooden silhouettes are positioned along the back wall in the lobby of the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. They represent 19 of the 20 people who were killed in Minnesota from Oct. 1, 2005, to Sept. 30, 2006, in a partner-related murder. The 20th victim, Kathryn Malli of Granger, was killed Sept. 30, after the Kandiyohi County maintenance crews had already completed work on the silhouettes.
WILLMAR -- A strong and long tradition of providing non-partisian information on political elections continues this week during the Willmar League of Women Voters candidate forums. Three debates featuring candidiates from three contested races will be held in Willmar.
WILMAR -- The ongoing debate of how to manage Lake Wakanda took another turn Tuesday. For the last several years the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners has been hearing about the deteriorating water quality and the presence of undesirable fish such as carp in the shallow lake. Commissioners have also heard different perspectives on whether the lake located in the southern part of the county is best designated for waterfowl or fish and have heard different opinions on the best way to manage the lake. Last month the commissioners voted to not turn on the aerator on Lake Wakanda this wint
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County has received the best ranking that a county can receive for its 2005 audit. During a presentation Tuesday to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, Charles Knandel Jr. from the State Auditor's Office said the county earned an unqualified opinion, which is the "best opinion you can get." Knandel praised Kandiyohi County's staff for being "so helpful" in the auditing process. "I can't say enough," he said about the county's team.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will hear a report on the 2005 audit at its meeting today. This will be the first time that the report by the State Auditor's office will be made in front of the full board. In the past, the auditors have met with staff and the County Board chairman. The change in procedure is because of a new policy with the State Auditor's off-ice. Kandiyohi County pays the State Auditor's of-fice about $60,000 a year to conduct the audit, according to County Administrator Wayne Thompson. Some counties contract with private firms.
The bedrooms that lined either side of the halls of a 1912, three-story cottage on the Willmar Regional Treatment Center are now gone. So is the sickly green paint on the plaster walls and the hospital beds.