A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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PENNOCK -- Folks in Pennock are closer to having a cup of coffee in town. The City Council from the small Kandiyohi County town that largely serves as a bedroom community to Willmar has successfully negotiated a purchase agreement to buy the town's former convenience store and gas station. Phil's Corner closed in October 2004, leaving the town without a place to buy gas, a gallon of milk or a place for neighbors to share a cup of coffee and a doughnut. Once the paperwork is signed -- possibly by the end of the month -- the store will get a fresh look and be leased to someone who will run th
SPICER -- Without the full support of the Spicer City Council, City Engineer Randy Sabart said he opted not to serve as the utility engineer for developers who are building a recreational vehicle park west of town. Dean Westre and Earl Rich, developers from Westrich LLC, had asked that the city's engineer oversee installation of the water and sewer lines to the 84-unit RV park, located on County Road 10 near Prairie Meadows Learning Center. Sabart has provided similar services for other developments in Spicer. During its meeting Wednesday, the council voted 3-2 to allow Sabart to do the wor
SPICER -- Sheila Bosch is hoping that library patrons will be willing to reach deep into their pockets -- and be willing to do it quickly -- to help Spicer raise up to $200,000 in 10 weeks for a library expansion project. Once the local funds are raised, the city can apply for another $200,000 from the Minnesota Public Library Accessibility and Construction grant, which is funded every two years by the Minnesota Legislature. If Spicer is awarded the competitive grant, construction will begin to nearly double the size of the existing library. The space is needed, said Bosch, who is the Spice
WILLMAR -- A relationship built on a good track record could mean a new partnership between Kandiyohi County and the Minnesota Department of Corrections. State and county officials met Wednesday morning to discuss the potential to build a model jail facility in Willmar to treat state prisoners for chemical dependency. Talks were described as being in the "very early stage." Before any construction happened, "there would be quite an extensive planning process," said County Administrator Wayne Thompson in a telephone interview. The project could involve expanding the existing Kandiyohi Count
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WILLMAR -- An ordinance that sets zoning standards for constructing and operating commercial and non-commercial wind turbines was unanimously approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The action was taken after discussion between the planning board and Bob Meyerson, who erected a wind turbine last year near Diamond Lake. "You're breaking new ground," said Meyerson, who complimented the planning board for establishing a set of guidelines for others who may construct energy-producing wind turbines in the future. If the proposed ordinance had been in effect when Meyerson was
COSMOS -- Cosmos Police Chief Brent Schroeder is being credited with saving the life of an elderly Cosmos woman during a smoky house fire late Friday evening. If Schroeder hadn't barged into the home and made his way through thick smoke and carried Edna Roulete out of the Milky Way Avenue house the woman "wouldn't have made it," said Cosmos Fire Chief Jon Fruetel. "She would either have been really sick, or dead," Fruetel said. Smoke from the fire, made worse by smoldering plastics, filled the home and spilled outside making at least three firefighters weak with nausea.
WILLMAR -- Increased interest in developing wind power as an alternative energy source has prompted the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission to develop its first ordinance to deal with where wind turbines can be located in the county. A public hearing on the "wind energy conversion system" ordinance will be held Monday during the planning commission meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.
ATWATER -- An orderly annexation plan between the city of Atwater and Gennessee Township is being developed, with the potential to bring 100 acres of township land into the city limits. The action was started when Alan Latham, from Spicer Homes Inc., requested that 16 acres of land he owns be annexed into the city for residential development. On Tuesday the township and city officials met to discuss options for annexing Latham's property, as well as other land on the south side of Atwater. On Wednesday, during the Atwater City Council meeting, more details of the proposed plan were ironed o
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Human Services is pulling plan B out of its pocket for developing a 16-bed psychiatric hospital somewhere in the 18-county area of southwest Minnesota. The action is needed following a decision this week by Rice Memorial Hospital not to participate in a partnership with the state to operate a facility in Willmar. The hospital's board and administration, which had been discussing the proposal for almost two years, cited the financial cost of remodeling a building for the hospital, the financial risk of operating the program and problems with recruiting p