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 implications of how a Supreme Court decision will affect Kandiyohi County's procedure for environmental review was discussed at length during the county board meeting Tuesday. The result will mean holding new public hearings for two specific gravel pits.
WILLMAR -- The rising cost of oil and asphalt could mean some road projects will be delayed. The other option is to move ahead with projects and use reserves in the Kandiyohi County road and bridge reserve fund to pay for projects. Gary Danielson told the Kandiyohi County Commissioners on Tuesday that the prices for asphalt have risen significantly and may not decrease. When the estimates for the 2006 projects were done in 2005, a ton of asphalt cost $25. In March it increased to $35 a ton and in May the price is $44 per ton for rural roads and $50 a ton for urban projects.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Kandiyohi County's environmental review process for two proposed gravel pits near Eagle Lake and Long Lake. The high court's ruling said Kandiyohi County's 2003 conclusion that the gravel pits would not have a cumulative impact on the environment was "arbitrary and capricious" and was based primarily on statements by the developer, Duininck Bros. Construction of Prinsburg, and not based on evidence.
Following the dispute: - Environmental assessment worksheets on the CA Pit located in Green Lake Township and the Eagle Lake West Pit located in Dovre Township were prepared in the spring of 2003. - Residents and agencies, including the Minnesota Department of Resources, responded with concerns about the cumulative effects that these, and neighboring gravel pits, would have on the water quality of Eagle Lake. - On July 28, 2003, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved a "negative declaration" on the environmental assessment worksheets for both proposed gravel pits. They determ
WILLMAR - The Minnesota Supreme Court Thursday reversed an Appeals Court decision and ruled against Kandiyohi County in the lawsuit that was initiated by a group of county residents. The high court's ruling said Kandiyohi County's conclusion that the gravel pits wouldn't have a cumulative impact on the environment was "arbitrary and capricious" and based primarily on statements by the developer, Duininck Bros.
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With his trademark soft-spoken stammer, Bob Newhart sounds the same in a telephone interview as he does on TV. It's kind of like talking to a favorite uncle who ponders his words carefully before slowly revealing the point of a story. It feels comfortable and familiar -- and funny. Bob Newhart will be bringing that same well-worn, award-winning humor to Morton, where he'll perform Friday at Jackpot Junction. "Why not come to Morton?" Newhart responded, when asked why he was doing a show here.
WILLMAR -- Conditional use permits were approved Monday for two gravel pits in Lake Andrew Township. The action was taken by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will take final action on the permits at its meeting on May 16. Environmental assessment worksheets had been prepared for both gravel pits. Earlier this month the Kandiyohi County Commissioners agreed the environmental review adequately showed the mining operations would not cause environmental harm and said a more in-depth environmental impact statement was not necessary. Vreeman
WILLMAR -- Mike Lehan sheepishly admits that he was "a little demon" at times when he was a kid. In the same breath, the 26-year-old professional football player said that if it hadn't been for people like Mark Malam of Willmar, he wouldn't be what he is today -- blessed. Lehan, who spent three years as a cornerback for the Cleveland Browns and said he expects to sign a contract today with the Miami Dolphins, told Kandiyohi County foster parents Monday night that "99 percent" of his success in life is because of the "unwavering love" of foster parents and friends, like Malam and his family.
WILLMAR -- A Kandiyohi County District Court judge will hear arguments June 7 on whether or not the Kandiyohi County Board of Adjustment should be compelled to hold a hearing on a Swan Lake residential development. The Swan Lake Hunting Club filed a writ of mandamus last month asking the court to intervene and order the Board of Adjustment to hold a hearing. The action was taken after the three-member Board of Adjustment voted March 13 to deny the hunting club's appeal without a hearing. The board claimed it didn't have jurisdiction to hear the hunting club's appeal. The hunting club inclu