A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- Starting Jan. 2 it will cost more to ride a Kandiyohi Area Transit bus. The additional revenue will help offset a $30,000 budget shortfall that was caused by high fuel prices and reduced state revenue for operations expenses. "We can't go in the hole," said Kandiyohi County Commissioner Dean Shuck, and a member of KAT's joint power's board, which gave final approval to the rate increase on Friday. The one-way door-to-door service will increase by 25-cents, to $1.50 a ride.
BENSON -- James Thelen spent at least two hours sitting on a hard wooden chair in the Swift County Auditor's office Wednesday quietly reading a copy of the "National Review" magazine. The longtime Republican volunteer from Benson was there to make sure no one tampered with the county's ballots, especially the votes for Sen.
WILLMAR -- Voter turnout was at or near 90 percent in some area counties during the general election on Tuesday, while other counties reported voter turnout of less than 80 percent The difference was partially because auditors figure turnout differently. Some auditors, like Sam Modderman from Kandiyohi County, determined there was a 78 percent voter turnout here by comparing the number of voters to the total number of registered voters, which includes those registered by 7 a.m.
ATWATER -- Mayor Bruce Baker won his re-election bid Tuesday in a three-way race, earning him another two-year term. The unofficial tally had Baker with 255 votes; Brad Fluck with 223 and Jerry Spencer with 108 votes. "I'm glad that I got re-elected again. It was a close race and I was glad for the big turnout," said Baker. "I do want to thank the people who supported me over the years," he said. Baker, a former city councilman, was first elected mayor in 2004.
Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, was the apparent winner Tuesday in the 13A House of Representatives race. With 94 percent of the votes reported, Anderson, 57, was ahead of Bruce Shuck, DFL-Sunburg, by 10,897 to 7,825 votes. The winner will fill the seat previously held by Rep. Bud Heidgerken, R-Freeport. Heidgerken, who held the post for the past six years, did not run for re-election this year. District 13 includes all of Pope County, western Stearns County and the six northern townships of Kandiyohi County. This was Shuck's fourth attempt to win the 13A House seat.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Commissioner Richard Larson won re-election Tuesday to another four-year term on the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, representing District 2. Larson, 77, defeated challenger William Graves, 46, 1,735 to 1,372, according to unofficial results. This was Graves' first attempt at seeking public office and the fourth time Larson has been elected. "I'm happy with that," Larson said of the 363-vote margin of his win. "I worked hard and I know he (Graves) did also. He was a formidable opponent.
People were waiting in line to vote at 6:45 Tuesday morning at the Lake Andrew Town Hall in northern Kandiyohi County. About 25 people had crowded into the small white Town Hall to wait for the 7 a.m. start of the 2008 general election balloting. In the first 45 minutes of voting, nearly 80 people had cast ballots. By contrast, in the primary election in September, a total of 92 people voted in Lake Andrew Township. A steady stream of voters was coming in to vote. Extra polling booths that were set up in the former one-room schoolhouse helped get voters in and out quickly.
ATWATER -- When polls open today, children in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District may be leading their parents to the ballot boxes. Since school started in September, ACGC students through the sixth grade have been participating in the nationwide "Kids Voting" curriculum that teaches children about the process of voting.
WILLMAR -- A document that lays out plans for handling all natural and manmade disasters in the county was approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The "hazard mitigation plan" spells out specific ways to prevent loss of life and property as well as how emergency agencies would react to disasters. The thick document was years in the making. In 2003, the commissioners took action to start the process and hired the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission to work with townships and jurisdictions and emergency agencies to develop maps, goals, objective, strategies and timeli
WILLMAR -- There were 672 children deemed wards of the state who were adopted in Minnesota in the last year.