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 -- During every week of every single year there are 10,000 pieces of paper filed in the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department. Each piece of paper that comes from a social worker or financial aid supervisor goes through a process of being dated, notched with a paper punch and put in the proper file, which may already be bulging with previously filed pieces of paper. The file is then put in its proper place among thousands of other files in one of the many file cabinets tucked in nearly every corner of the department floor or on the massive electronically moving shelves that tak
WILLMAR -- Of the nearly $73 million spent for human service programs in Kandiyohi County in 2004, half was used for medical assistance programs. The need for medical assistance, and the amount of state, federal and local money that's used to pay for those programs, has been steadily increasing, said Kandiyohi County Family Service Director Larry Kleindl. Kandiyohi County Commissioner Harlan Madsen said the increase in medical assistance costs in Kandiyohi County is "astounding" and mirrors the national trend.
WILLMAR -- Because Dennis Peterson is a Kandiyohi County Commissioner, the county must use eminent domain and court appointed commissioners to obtain his land for a road improvement project near Spicer. Peterson is legally prevented from "doing business" with the county, said County Attorney Boyd Beccue, who explained the legal predicament to the County Board on Tuesday. Beccue said Peterson's position as an elected official creates more than a simple conflict of interest.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar pastor, who feared there would be protestors at his Sunday morning worship service, requested extra police patrol from the Willmar Police Department this weekend. There were no protestors. Police officers did, however, drive by the Harvest Community Church of God on Southwest Litchfield Avenue several times, according to Willmar Police. Brent Waldemarsen, pastor at the church, had requested extra patrol for his 10 a.m. church service.
PENNOCK -- A barn with more than 40,000 young turkeys in it was destroyed in a fire Saturday. All the turkeys, which were a couple of days old, were killed. The barn, located two miles west of Willmar on U.S. Highway 12, was owned by the Willmar Poultry Company. It was a total loss, according to Jeff Arends, assistant fire chief with the Pennock Fire Department. The pole-barn building was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived, at about 12:30 p.m. "Once it started, it went fast," said Arends. The black smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.
SPICER -- The redesign of Kandiyohi County Road 10, west of Spicer, has put Kandiyohi County Commissioner Dennis Peterson in a bit of an uncomfortable position. The three-mile project, which will be constructed this summer, will mean taking nearly 10 acres of Peterson's land by eminent domain. Peterson will be paid -- and will probably be paid quite well for the land, which is a flat hay field that's in a prime residential and commercial development area. Like nearly all of the 65 property owners that will be selling land to the county for the project, the compensation will likely be in th
WILLMAR -- The TV portrayal of a homeless person living in a cardboard box or pushing a grocery cart down the sidewalk could lead one to believe there are no homeless people in Kandiyohi County. That assumption would be wrong, said Capt. Brenda Line from the Willmar Salvation Army. There are homeless individuals here, she said, but they could be sitting next to you in church or standing in line at the grocery store.
ATWATER -- Construction bids on a project to build a room in the Atwater fire department for a senior dining site will be awarded April 5. The Atwater City Council discussed aspects of the project at their meeting Wednesday. Earlier this month the Council agreed to move the dining center and library out of their current location in a deteriorating building. The city will use open space on the west end of the fire department to build an interior multi-purpose room for the senior dining program.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar pastor, who captured Sen. Dean Johnson making comments about the Minnesota Supreme Court's views on the state's marriage law, said he has no regrets about making the secret recording. Brent Waldemarsen, senior pastor at Harvest Community Church of God in Willmar, acknowledged the recording of Johnson has opened up a can of worms.
GROVE CITY - Financial issues including rejecting roof bids, refinancing of bonds and seeking an early entitlement payment from the state were addressed Monday at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City school board. ACGC is currently in statutory operating debt, which has forced the district to consider options for reducing expenditures and increasing revenue. Superintendent Pamela Kyllingstad said ACGC is one of 19 public schools in Minnesota that are in statutory operating debt.