A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- A campaign office for presidential candidate Barack Obama officially opened Monday in Willmar. The event was noted with the arrival of a colorful RV that has been traveling across Midwestern states promoting Obama's "campaign for change." The RV, along with state DFL leaders, will be going to 24 Minnesota communities this week. Willmar is one of 13 Minnesota cities where Obama has opened an office.
WILLMAR -- Preliminary approval was given Monday for the creation of an 850-plot private veterans cemetery in Colfax Township in northern Kandiyohi County. The cemetery would include 500 full-body plots and 350 crematoria wall plots under a plan proposed by Marlyn Marquardt, a U.S.
Norwegian sweaters, Swedish crystal, Danish iron candleworks and the gnarled-nosed trolls that cross all Scandinavian borders are no longer for sale in downtown Willmar. With the Aug.
ATWATER -- If things go as planned -- and there are a few ifs -- a bumper crop of wind could be harvested in a 100-square-mile area around Grove City, Atwater and Kandiyohi within the next decade. If enough land leases are secured, if there are enough local investors, if a large equity investor can be wooed and if access to the electrical transmission system is granted -- a wind farm with 125 wind turbines sprouting from the ground and growing more than 80 meters into the sky will be established here. Construction of the proposed community wind farm, known as Lake Country Wind Energy LLC, co
ATWATER -- Three years after taking a bold step to start its own community newspaper, the town of Atwater saw its last newspaper edition published this week. "Sad. Very sad," is how Atwater City Clerk Goldie Smith described the demise of Atwater's Sunfish Gazette. Where else can you read articles about the "olden days in Atwater" in the "Reminiscing with Virginia" columns or read that a Kandiyohi soldier returned home from Iraq in time for his child's first birthday, she asked.
WILLMAR -- Incumbent Kandiyohi County Commissioner Richard Larson will be facing two challengers in Tuesday's primary election. Larson will be defending his post against Bill Graves and Paul Hoffer. The top two vote-getters in the primary will advance to the general election Nov. 4. Larson, 76, has been on the County Board since 1997 representing District 2, which includes all of Willmar's Ward 4 and part of Ward 3. This is Paul Hoffer's second campaign for a seat on the County Board. Two years ago Hoffer, 55, ran against Harlan Madsen in District 5 in the southern part of the county.
WILLMAR -- The challenges of being a 27-year-old woman with four kids but no high school diploma, no off-the-farm job experience and no driver's license could seem insurmountable to many. But that is the life that "Mary" leads.
WILLMAR -- With the stipulation that the budget would get another close review in December before final approval, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners certified a $60 million budget and a 6.8 percent levy increase on Tuesday. "This is not my favorite budget," said Commissioner Richard Falk. He agreed to vote for the increase with the understanding that the board would "take a hard look at it again in December." Trimming the numbers down to a 6.8 percent increase was "quite a challenge," said Administrator Larry Kleindl. He told the Commissioners the county needed a 7 percent levy increase bu
LAKE LILLIAN -- It was a drizzly day and many of the campers had already left, but the Kandiyohi County Commissioners were impressed with the physical condition and high customer use of county parks 1 and 2. The Commissioners toured the two southern Kandiyohi County parks Tuesday following their business meeting Located on Big Kandiyohi Lake, Parks 1 and 2 have 90 campsites each and were 95 percent full all summer, with seasonal campers making up the bulk of visitors. At Park 1, 95 percent of the visitors were seasonal, keeping their RVs at the park for 90 continuous days. High usage of el
The arched brick entrance and granite pillars of the Hotel Atwater casts an historic shadow of the building's former grandeur on Atwater's Atlantic Avenue. Step through the doors, however, and that past grandeur is a little more difficult to imagine.