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 -- Fifty resolutions were addressed by delegates during the Republican 7th District convention Saturday in Willmar. Most resolutions were passed quickly, unanimously and with little or no debate. A resolution on praying "in Jesus' name" did get a fair amount of debate, with some delegates objecting to the lack of inclusiveness. The resolution said "We advocate freedom, including praying in Jesus' name, be allowed and unrestricted by local, state, and national government. All U.S.
WILLMAR -- Delegates at the 7th District Republican Convention Saturday in Willmar heard from a string of candidates who will be seeking Republican endorsement at the state convention in June, including Mark Kennedy, John Uldrich and Harold Shudlick, who are all vying for the Mark Dayton's seat in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy was the obvious favorite among the 7th district delegates and office holders, like Sen.
WILLMAR -- From "Roseau to Redwood Falls" illegal immigration is the top issue on voters minds throughout the 35 counties of Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, according to Michael Barrett. The Long Prairie pharmacist was endorsed Saturday as the Republican congressional candidate on a unanimous ballot at the 7th District Republican Congressional Convention in Willmar.
WILLMAR - Long Prairie pharmacist Michael Barrett was endorsed on a unanimous ballot Saturday at Minnesota's 7th District Republican Congressional Convention in Willmar. Barrett, the only Republican seeking the seat, will challenge long-time DFL incumbent Collin Peterson of Detroit Lakes in the November election, who was endorsed last weekend. Illegal immigration was cited by Barrett as the top issue on voters mind in the 35 counties of the 7th District. "Everyday in America should be a day without illegal immigrants," Barrett said. Peterson "cares more about illegal immigrants" than he
LITCHFIELD -- An early-morning explosion that was heard nearly four miles away ripped apart a Litchfield home Friday, leaving two people homeless. The cause of the incident is still under investigation, but a fire marshal said it "mimicked" an explosion caused by liquid propane. Larry and Barbara Ann McMains were asleep when their home was torn apart in a loud blast around 4 a.m., according to the Meeker County Sheriff's Department. The couple was able to escape without injury. The home, located at 60219 245th Street in Litchfield, is a total loss. The McMains flagged down a deputy who wa
WILLMAR -- On one of the nicest spring planting days of the year, Myron Behm's work on his family farm near Atwater was interrupted for a couple hours on Wednesday. Instead of loading seed corn for customers, he helped plant the seeds for a future partnership between Kandiyohi County and China for renewable resource projects. Apologizing for his denim work shirt and jeans, Behm welcomed a dozen members of the Chinese delegation during a luncheon meeting at Ridgewater College.
WILLMAR -- Ideas for making the Kandiyohi Area Transit system bigger and better were laid on the table Tuesday during a planning session by the operations committee. "It was a very good session," said Transit Director John Groothuis.
GROVE CITY -- A request to raise school revenue by increasing taxes will be on the November ballot in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. The school board agreed Monday to put the issue on the general election ballot this fall instead of holding a special election earlier. It was determined the time frame was too short to hold a special election, Superintendent Pamela Kyllingstad said. There had been concern that the levy question would get overlooked on a full general election ballot.
WILLMAR -- A long slate of statewide Republican candidates and as many as 268 delegates will be in Willmar this weekend for the 7th District Congressional Republican party convention. The delegates will debate the merits of 50 resolutions, endorse a candidate for Congress and hear from Republican candidates that are seeking election, or reelection to statewide posts. "We're very happy and excited to have the 7th district convention here in Willmar," said Rollie Nissen, co-chair of the Kandiyohi County Republicans.
LITCHFIELD -- A single stab wound to the chest killed Randy David Silbaugh Sunday evening as he and his girlfriend argued at the rural Litchfield home they shared. The girlfriend, identified by the Meeker County Sheriff's Department as Tina Marie Mathews, 39, was arrested and is expected to be charged in Meeker County District Court sometime before noon today. Silbaugh, 46, is listed as having a Coon Rapids address, but Meeker County Sheriff Mike Hirman said Silbaugh and Mathews lived together on and off at 21860 575th Ave.