A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- A new state law requires pre-adoptive parents -- even stepparents who want to adopt a spouse's child -- to be fingerprinted and undergo a national FBI background check. The legislation, which was approved this spring, also applies to individuals who are seeking a license to be foster parents. The law went into effect July 1 to help the state meet the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which was approved in 2006 as a way to protect children from sexual predators. Adam Walsh was kidnapped and killed in 1981.
BELGRADE -- Owners of flex-fuel vehicles now have even greater flexibility in the type of ethanol fuels they can use. The Cenex Convenience Store in Belgrade is offering customers four different varieties of ethanol blends at the pumps, ranging from E20 to E85. The new pumps were turned on for the first time Friday. The Belgrade store is the first station in central Minnesota to use "blender pumps," and one of two gas stations in Minnesota to use them. The other is located at a Cenex station in Ortonville, which began pumping ethanol blends Oct. 4.
NEW LONDON - A chilly northwest wind was blowing Tuesday as Tim and Julie Rittenhouse medicated and fed some of the 2,000 honeybee colonies they maintain at 65 different locations in Kandiyohi, Stearns and Meeker counties. The cold snap kept the bees inside the hives, which made it easier for the Hawick couple to do their work. But with the spread of the varroa mite creeping into hives and killing entire colonies, there was a harsh edge to their fall work with the bees.
WILLMAR - Kandiyohi County is operating one of the state's few municipal solid waste landfills. Considered low on the state's hierarchy of waste management, the number of landfills has been decreasing in Minnesota since 1994, when there were 133 in operation.
The following is a resource list of some of the community nonprofit organizations that accept donated items. These organizations put good, usable items that might otherwise end up in the landfill into the hands of people who can use them. Some organizations have established sites where people can drop off goods at any time. Others ask that people call in advance to verify there is a need for their donation and arrange a time and place for drop-off.
The visual conflict of seeing good, usable household items and construction material piling up in a heap at the Kandiyohi County Landfill while there are people in the community going without those things is hard to reconcile. Some people may believe that because they have no use for a certain item anymore, it's junk and of no use to others. Some people aren't adept at making repairs and they throw away and buy new, instead of fixing items.
On any given day in Kandiyohi County there are boys and girls who need clothes to wear, a bed to sleep in, books to read and toys to play with.
NEW LONDON -- Two towns, separated by just a few miles, will be linked on Sunday by people standing hand-in-hand in prayer. Uttered precisely, and in unison, at 4:06 p.m. along a three-mile stretch of the Glacial Lakes Recreation Trail between New London and Spicer, the prayer will ask for protection and guidance for the community's youth. It will take 3,690 people, standing 4 feet apart, to successfully stretch between the towns.
WILLMAR -- Before donning the hairnets, safety goggles, white smocks, blue plastic booties and ear protection that are required to enter the processing facility at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Willmar, lawmakers learned about the challenges of operating a successful farm-to-table agri-business. The message will serve as fodder for legislators who make decisions that can affect agriculture. Members of the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance and Policies Committee -- chaired by Rep.
WILLMAR -- A new era in mental health care began Tuesday with the groundbreaking of a $2.2 million, 16-bed community behavioral health hospital in Willmar. A coalition of partners, including representatives from Kandiyohi County that will own the facility and the state that will lease the building and operate the program, huddled under a tent in an afternoon drizzle to commemorate the occasion.