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 five-year pilot program designed to improve the complicated legal procedure for child protection cases has experienced "successes and struggles" in Kandiyohi County. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners heard an update on the program at its meeting Tuesday. Kathy Buer, family services supervisor, said Kandiyohi County is one of 13 Minnesota counties selected for the program, which was implemented in 2002. Known as the Children's Justice Initiative, the program is a collaboration be-tween the Minnesota Su-preme Court and Department of Human Services.
WILLMAR -- The 2007 proposed budget and levy were approved Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The budget was set at $58,134,761, which is about $300,000 less than the 2006 budget. The $24,843,650 gross levy represents an increase of 5.72 percent from 2006. The county's tax capacity rate decreased 6.7 percent. After $2 million in state aid was deducted from the gross levy, the county's net levy was set at $22.8 million.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Commissioner Harlan Madsen of Lake Lillian is back in the hospital after experiencing medical complications following prostate surgery last month. He could be released this weekend. Madsen, 57, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this summer and had his prostate removed Aug. 21 at Rice Memorial Hospital. He was released later that week and was home recovering when he experienced pain in his legs and lungs, according to Madsen's wife, Julie. He was admitted to the hospital again Aug.
Local candidates range from being flush with cash to being a shade away from being in the red when it comes to campaign funds. Candidates were required to file reports with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board detailing how much they had raised and spent between Jan. 1 and Aug. 21. The reports were made public this week. There is a wide spread in funds in the three area Senate races. The most cash-rich candidate at this point is incumbent Sen.
GROVE CITY -- Voters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District will be asked to revoke the district's current levy and replace it with a new one. The action is needed, said Superintendent Pamela Kyllingstad, to help get the district out of statutory operating debt and keep existing programs intact. The board unanimously approved a resolution on Monday to put the issue to voters during the general election Nov.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission may take matters into its own hands to make sure that a 16-bed adult mental health hospital is located in Willmar. The Economic Development Commission is exploring the feasibility of building the psychiatric hospital and leasing it to the state. Not only could it serve as a profitable venture for the EDC, it would also provide ab-out 35 jobs, which co-uld offset job losses when the adult mental health program closes at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center. "It's not only jobs, it's keeping a valuable asset
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners did a little cutting and a little shifting Tuesday in the proposed 2007 budget to reduce the levy a couple percentage points. The levy had been set to increase 7.8 percent under the original $58 million budget. After a two-day process of going over the budget line by line, the preliminary budget was reduced $208,000.
WILLMAR -- A $58.6 million budget that's being proposed for Kandiyohi County next year is being scrutinized this week by the County Board of Commissioners. If the budget is approved as is, the levy would be set at $25.3 million, which would be a 7.83 percent increase from 2006.
WILLMAR -- A proposal to bring sanitary sewer services to homes on three lakes near Spicer was presented to nearly 400 people who attended informational meetings over the weekend. Those residents will now have to mull over the facts and figures and decide if the project goes forward or not. The Kandiyohi County Commissioners will ultimately have the final vote, but Commissioner Dennis Peterson said that action will be based on "what a majority of the people want." Peterson said residents of George, Nest and Henderson lakes will likely be asked to vote on the project.
WILLMAR - Kandiyohi County Commissioner Harlan Madsen is at home, recuperating from prostate surgery. The 57-year-old Lake Lillian farmer and 12-year member of the county board had a radical pros-tatectomy on Monday at Rice Memorial Hospital. His entire prostate was removed in the procedure. Madsen was discharged on Thursday af-ternoon.