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 -- The 28-year political career of Sen. Dean Johnson has come to an abrupt halt. With all precincts reporting as of 2 a.m., Johnson had 15,669 votes -- 553 votes shy of his Republican challenger Joe Gimse, who had 16,222 votes.
WILLMAR - Minnesota Democrats and Republicans are both reeling from Tuesday's election results. Despite massive wins by DFL candidates in legislative races and constitutional offices, DFL'ers are in shock Wednesday due to the defeat of the Sen. Majority Leader Dean Johnson of Willmar. Republican excitement from the narrow re-election victory of Gov.
WILLMAR -- The voting machines and precinct counters in area counties have been tested, re-tested and sealed with security tabs in preparation for Tuesday's general election. This is the second time that the new M100 optical scan machines that tabulate ballots at the polling place and the voter-assistive AutoMARK machines that allow individuals with disabilities to vote privately have been used in most Minnesota counties. Counties purchased the new equipment this year with federal funds as part of the Help America Vote Act. County auditors in the region said the machines worked well during
WILLMAR -- A proposal to subsidize the Willmar Taxi service as part of the Kandiyohi Area Transit system was approved Friday by the KAT joint powers board. The subsidy will go into effect Jan.
WILLMAR -- A press conference Tuesday in Willmar where state leaders of pro-life and pro-marriage organizations lambasted Sen.
WILLMAR -- Mike Hatch said his campaign for governor is "so red hot" that his campaign vehicle caught on fire Monday while on a five-city tour that included a stop in Willmar. Whether or not it was because of his campaign or not, the vehicle Hatch and his campaign workers were traveling in did apparently blow a hose and overheated after leaving St. Cloud.
PENNOCK -- Beer and wine bottles collected from Stearns, Meeker and Chippewa counties bars are now lining the streets of Pennock. Actually, the green and brown bottles are crushed and mixed with gravel to make the road bed for the streets being built in Pennock's new residential development. The streets, and the glass, will eventually be covered with asphalt. The test case in Pennock could help resolve problems for contractors who need quality road building material and local garbage haulers who need an affordable alternative for recycling glass.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Junior High science teacher Randy Frederickson would be happy next spring to sport a head full of shocking pink hair.
GROVE CITY -- An audit report of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District shows that budget cuts implemented this year are helping the district inch its way out of statutory operating debt. The report, which was presented Monday, showed the general fund ended the 2005-06 school year with a negative balance of $340,397.
New Orleans French Quarter jazz isn't the first thing one would expect in Brooten. The town of about 650 people -- most with Scandinavian or German heritage -- is in the heart of the Bonanza Valley farm fields. Just barely in Stearns County, Brooten hangs on the edges of Pope and Kandiyohi counties. Grain trucks rumble through town during the week and residents go to church on Sunday. But John O's -- a new dinner restaurant and lounge that opened this month in Brooten -- has jazzed up this small farming town.