A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- A $9,360,000 general obligation bond will be sold in July to fund a sanitary sewer extension around three lakes near Spicer and a significant upgrade to the county emergency radio system. At its meeting Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners agreed to combine the financing for the two separate projects into one bond. The bond will be split into separate components for repayment.
WILLMAR -- Calling it "one of the most productive sessions we've had in 10 years," Rep.
GROVE CITY -- Legislation that will give Minnesota schools another $51 per student next year won't be enough to solve the financial troubles in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. The one-time allocation is a nice gesture but not a remedy for districts like ACGC, which is in statutory operating debt. ACGC will receive $40,000 to $50,000 next year under a new bill approved Sunday. "I'm not going to knock the one percent, or the $51, but it's not enough," said Judy Raske, ACGC chairwoman during an interview following the school board meeting Monday. Dr.
WILLMAR -- The African men who sat around tables Sunday afternoon in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church talked about the challenges of finding enough work in Willmar. Many don't speak English, don't have computer skills and don't have a work history to serve as credentials to get high-paying jobs, they lamented. Without those tools, they said, it's difficult to do what they so desperately want to do -- work. Hosted by the African Development Center of Minnesota, the immigrants came to the meeting by to discuss community concerns, answer a needs assessment and hear about options f
WILLMAR -- Polls will be open for 13 hours Wednesday as voters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District cast ballots for the fifth time in four years on an operating levy. For the first time, those votes will be cast at one location -- the ACGC Junior/Senior High School in Grove City. In the past, votes were cast, counted and reported at schools in each of the three communities in the district. The school board agreed to have one polling location as a way to send a message that the district is one entity and not three. They're hoping that message will translate into a unified vote
About $20,000 has been raised so far to help a New London woman provide assistance to a Baptist church community in Myanmar that was hit by a powerful and destructive cyclone two weeks ago. At least another $10,000 will be needed to help meet the short-term needs of the church group. Those needs include a commitment to care for 170 refugees left destitute by the storm, according to the Rev.
SUNBURG -- There really could not be any stronger roots to Norway than to be from Sunburg, a town of about 100 people in northwest Kandiyohi County where Norwegian is still spoken in the café and Syttende Mai is celebrated with a Lutheran church service, a parade and a baseball game. Gary Gandrud, who was nourished by those Norwegian-Sunburg roots as a child, is now one of two Minnesotans representing Norway at the new honorary consulate in Minneapolis. The other is former Vice President Walter Mondale. Mondale was named as the "honorary consul general" and Gandrud was given the title of "h
WILLMAR -- Disabled Minnesota veterans will get another thank-you for their service by having some, if not all, of their property taxes forgiven. The first year of the tax relief will take place in 2009. Qualifying veterans, however, must have the proper paperwork filed with their county assessor's office by July 1 of this year. Because older veterans may not have all the necessary documents at their fingertips, Trisha Appeldorn, Kandiyohi County veterans service officer, is urging veterans to start the process early in order to meet the deadline. Official military discharge papers and doc
WILLMAR -- Traffic on the southwest side of Willmar will be a snarled mess for four to six weeks while crews continue to build a new four-lane, divided highway through the industrial park. A detour began Wednesday at the intersection of state Highway 40 and Kandiyohi County Road 47, near the Jennie-O Turkey Store headquarters.