A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- By 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Susan Boonstra had quickly zipped from freezer to cooler to shelves stacked high with dry goods to collect and box hundreds of pounds of food at the Willmar Area Food Shelf. As soon as she finished assembling three days' worth of food into a box, which was carried out by a woman from a six-member family on the other side of the counter, Boonstra began filling a box for the next family sitting patiently in the small waiting area. "There's a long line out there," said Christie Kurth, food shelf director, as Boonstra began putting items in the box.
ATWATER -- A request to reinstate Paul Schmidt to the Atwater Police Department has been delayed until Jan.
WILLMAR -- The reasons why 16 absentee ballots were rejected in Kandiyohi County during the general election were confirmed Thursday morning. As part of the state recount for the U.S.
WILLMAR - The reasons why 16 absentee ballots were rejected in Kandiyohi County during the general election were confirmed this morning. As part of the state recount for the U.S. Senate seat, two certified election judges representing two different political parties agreed that the ballots were legitimately rejected in November. After examining each ballot, they were sorted into categories of rejection.
WILLMAR -- The current chaos in the economy is bad, but Kandiyohi County residents may find some solace to know that the chaos isn't as bad here as in other parts of the country. Ted Jones, an economist and popular speaker known for his real estate research, said the boom in the nation's economy was not felt as strongly here as in other regions, but neither is the bust being felt is strongly. "You didn't bubble up and you didn't bubble down," said Jones during a presentation Tuesday in Willmar to local real estate agents and lenders, including Stewart Title of Minnesota/Alliance Title Compan
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit to build a wastewater stabilization pond to treat municipal sewage from the Blomkest and Svea communities was approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will take final action Dec. 16. The project has been in the works for four years, said Jim Bullert, project engineer.
WILLMAR - A request to allow multi-unit housing for employees of a large dairy near Pennock will be discussed tonight by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. St.
WILLMAR -- County assessors and farmers have been stewing about how to handle revisions to the state's Green Acres land preservation program. A last-minute legislative change made this spring is creating extra work for assessors and has the potential to cost farmers more money in higher taxes. What's more, the new law could actually end up increasing land development instead of preserving it because of new limitations to the type of land that can now be enrolled. There were "unintended consequences" to the new legislation, said Rep.
WILLMAR -- The proposed $60 million Kandiyohi County budget was laid out Thursday evening for public review during a truth-in-taxation hearing. The proposed net levy of $25,401,541 represents an increase of 6.8 percent. County Administrator Larry Kleindl identified significant new expenditures for 2009, including $1 million for corrective measures at the sanitary landfill. Also listed was $1 million to open a new cell at the landfill, $624,400 for a new emergency radio system, $450,000 for a new digital phone system, $455,000 in federal budget shifts for child welfare and $100,000 in state
WILLMAR -- Sen. Joe Gimse and Rep. Al Juhnke agree on at least one thing -- the $5.3 billion budget deficit that's expected to cast a dark shadow over Minnesota during the next 2½ years is cause for concern and will require action. After that, however, the road kind of divides. Juhnke, a DFL'er from Willmar, said everything should be on the table when it comes to looking for solutions: Spending cuts, tax increases and federal assistance should all be considered. "Everything, absolutely everything, should be on the table," Juhnke said.