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WILLMAR -- Dennis Peterson of Spicer was chosen by his peers Tuesday as chairman of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. He replaces Richard Larson, who served as chairman in 2008. Peterson praised Larson for representing the county's needs with the Association of Minnesota Counties, a statewide lobbying organization. "You've taken a leading role down there and I appreciate that," Peterson said. Commissioner Richard Falk, of Willmar, was elected vice chairman for 2009 during the board's reorganizational meeting. The primary challenge of the new year is to prepare for expected cuts
WILLMAR - The Kandiyohi County Commissioners took action today to be the "conduit" for $20 million in industrial development revenue bonds for Meadow Star Dairy LLC. Developers intend to use the bonds to finance the construction, acquisition and installation of equipment to handle manure for the 9,590 head dairy operation that will be built near Pennock. There will be no financial risk to the county by issuing the bonds, which still must be ap-proved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. As part of their re-organizational meeting, Commissioner Dennis Peterson w
WILLMAR -- Even though a winner was certified Monday in the U.S.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on a proposal to issue a $20 million low-interest municipal industrial development revenue bond for Meadow Star Dairy LLC. Developers plan to build a 9,590-head dairy operation about five miles west of Willmar in St. John's Township near Pennock. They are seeking the bond to pay for the solid-waste component of the project, such as storage and application of animal manure. If approved, the county would have no financial risk or liability tied to the bond.
WILLMAR -- Signs of a rough economy can be seen in the number of requests being made for public assistance. From 2007 to 2008 requests for public assistance -- including the Minnesota Family Investment Program, diversionary work program, general assistance, food support and medical assistance -- increased in Kandiyohi County, according to Barb Kavanagh, family services supervisor. "What we saw was a definite increase in all areas," she said. Participation in all medical assistance programs increased slightly, said Kavanagh, with enrollment in MinnesotaCare, Minnesota's health insurance prog
WILLMAR -- When there's a fire, accident or medical need for an ambulance, the dispatchers in the Kandiyohi County law enforcement center in Willmar are the calm voice on the other end of the 911 call that sends help to where it's needed. Sitting in the spacious dispatch center that has a hushed atmosphere and dimmed lights -- except for the glow of a bank of computer monitors -- the team of dispatchers work 24/7 to answer the calls of Kandiyohi County residents. Within the next couple months, those dispatchers will also be listening to pleas for help from residents an hour away in Big Stone
WILLMAR -- A snowdrift that blocked a sidewalk near Willmar's Super Wal-Mart store left a blind man and his guide dog stranded on New Year's Day. According to Willmar police, the man's service dog didn't know how to guide the man over the snowdrift so that he could continue walking home. Because the path home was blocked, the dog apparently became disoriented and stopped. The man called police at 5:11 p.m. Thursday and said he was stuck and needed help.
WILLMAR -- The national recession and statewide budget deficit could give counties leverage in getting unfunded state mandates suspended. Some of the mandates are seen as oppressive, unnecessary and financially exhausting to counties.
WILLMAR - More objections to absentee ballots were raised Tuesday in Willmar as campaign officials for Norm Coleman and Al Franken reviewed ballots that had been wrongly rejected. Representatives from Norm Coleman and Al Franken met with officials from five counties (Kandiyohi, Swift, Meeker, Lac qui Parle and Stearns) during a regional meeting. Similar meetings were held throughout the state for campaign representatives to scrutinize 1,300 absentee ballots that were wrongly rejected on election night and would now eligible to be counted in the U.S.
WILLMAR - More objections to absentee ballots were raised today in Willmar as campaign officials for Norm Coleman and Al Franken reviewed ballots that had been wrongly rejected in the U.S. Senate race. Representatives from Norm Coleman and Al Franken met with officials from five counties (Kandiyohi, Swift, Meeker, Lac qui Parle and Stearns) during a regional meeting. Similar meetings were held throughout the state for the campaign representatives to scrutinize absentee ballots that were wrongly rejected and would now eligible to be counted in the U.S.