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 -- A four-year test that will provide data about water runoff in rural and urban settings is about to get under way in Kandiyohi County. Water generated from farmland near Blomkest and water generated from Willmar streets and parking lots will be collected and tested. The project could answer the question of whether turkey manure or commercial fertilizer is an asset or a liability. Data will also be gathered on Willmar's storm water in County Ditch 23. This is the first time a simultaneous study of urban- and farm-generated water runoff has been undertaken in Kandiyohi County, said
ATWATER -- A trusted tool of the Atwater community for more than 20 years needs a new home. The city has been trying to sell its old fire truck for four months, but hasn't had any takers yet. The pumper is in good shape and works well, according to City Clerk Goldie Smith. It has a 1975 chassis, 1978 model apparatus, pumps 100,000 gallons a minute and has 11,000 miles on it. It's also cheap. The asking price is $5,000. The Atwater City Council got an update on the situation at its meeting Wednesday.
WILLMAR -- Development of a strategic plan that involved some "soul searching" in the Heartland Community Action Agency has brought about changes in how the nonprofit organization is helping eliminate poverty in the region. Jay Kieft, executive director of the four-county organization, gave the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners an update on Heartland's programs during the County Board meeting Tuesday. Kieft said there has been a shift from using the "band-aid approach" of responding to poverty to "high-impact activities" that are better helping low-income families get out of poverty.
WILLMAR -- Establishing a renewable energy corridor that would stretch from Willmar to Fergus Falls may be what's needed to provide the financial incentive for communities to build wind farms or biomass/biofuel facilities. The Kandiyohi County Agribusiness and Renewable Energy Committee heard about the idea at its meeting Wednesday and agreed to get involved with efforts to gain legislative approval for the corridor.
WILLMAR -- A proposal to put a sanitary sewer system around Diamond Lake is being put on the shelf for the time being. That should please a majority of lake association members who apparently don't want the system. But when voting Tuesday to put the project on hold, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners said Diamond Lake residents will need to address the issue of declining lake water quality and find ways to fix the problem. "There is no question Diamond Lake is deteriorating," said Commissioner Richard Falk. Kandiyohi County Public Works Director Gary Danielson said the county "doesn't want
WILLMAR -- Information given to local legislators Tuesday about how the state is spending $600,000 for a meth resource center in Willmar answers some, but not all of the questions included in the inquiry. In July, Sen. Dean Johnson and Rep.
NEW LONDON -- Kandiyohi County's landfill is growing, both upward and outward. Crews are in the process of expanding the landfill to include another four-acre cell that will provide enough storage for the next three to five years, depending on the flow of garbage. Currently about 35,000 tons of garbage is buried at the sanitary landfill every year.
SPICER -- Sheila Bosch is hoping that library patrons will be willing to reach deep into their pockets -- and be willing to do it quickly -- to help Spicer raise up to $200,000 in 10 weeks for a library expansion project. Once the local funds are raised, the city can apply for another $200,000 from the Minnesota Public Library Accessibility and Construction grant, which is funded every two years by the Minnesota Legislature. If Spicer is awarded the competitive grant, construction will begin to nearly double the size of the existing library. The space is needed, said Bosch, who is the Spice
SPICER -- Without the full support of the Spicer City Council, City Engineer Randy Sabart said he opted not to serve as the utility engineer for developers who are building a recreational vehicle park west of town. Dean Westre and Earl Rich, developers from Westrich LLC, had asked that the city's engineer oversee installation of the water and sewer lines to the 84-unit RV park, located on County Road 10 near Prairie Meadows Learning Center. Sabart has provided similar services for other developments in Spicer. During its meeting Wednesday, the council voted 3-2 to allow Sabart to do the wor
PENNOCK -- Folks in Pennock are closer to having a cup of coffee in town. The City Council from the small Kandiyohi County town that largely serves as a bedroom community to Willmar has successfully negotiated a purchase agreement to buy the town's former convenience store and gas station. Phil's Corner closed in October 2004, leaving the town without a place to buy gas, a gallon of milk or a place for neighbors to share a cup of coffee and a doughnut. Once the paperwork is signed -- possibly by the end of the month -- the store will get a fresh look and be leased to someone who will run th