A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- Larry Kleindl was officially appointed Tuesday as Kandiyohi County's future county administrator. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan to phase Kleindl into the county's top job during the next 11 months. Under the proposed plan, Kleindl will continue to hold his job as the family services director while at the same time learning the ropes for his new job from longtime Co-unty Administrator Wayne Thompson. Thompson's last day on the job will be June 30, 2007. Kleindl officially takes over July 1, although he will begin some duties now and is sc
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners awarded bids Tuesday for construction and utility projects on property Kandiyohi County owns on the Willmar Regional Treatment Center campus. The board accepted the second lowest bid of $1,057,000 from Innovative Builders of Alexandria for a new maintenance building. The lowest bid of $1,042,000 from Prestige Builders of Maple Grove was rejected because pricing information for one component wasn't provided.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will get an educational review of the state's Open Meeting Law during its regular meeting today. Scott Anderson, a Minneapolis attorney with Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney who has represented the county on various issues, will provide a 45-minute workshop for the commissioners. "Everybody is going to find it quite educational," said County Administrator Wayne Thompson. Earlier this year the West Central Tribune que-stioned whe-ther the county violated the Open Meeting Law during a procedure for selecting Th-ompson's re-placement.
WILLMAR -- After the Legislature approved funding in 2005, the Department of Human Services was "off and running," to develop a methamphetamine resource center, said Doug Seiler, regional administrator for the State Operated Services Division of the Department of Human Services. "Actually, we were off and crawling," he said with a laugh.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota's new information center and training ground for methamphetamine treatment is slowly taking shape in Willmar. Called the Minnesota Methamphetamine Resource Center, the small office is located in the Medallion building on the Willmar Regional Treatment Center campus. An executive director and administrative assistant have been hired, a training workshop is planned for September and a primary component of the program -- a Web site -- goes online for the first time today. The 2005 Legislature provided $600,000 over two years to create the center in response to the growing
WILLMAR -- A local group is helping Kandiyohi County inch closer to its goal of having an economy based on ag-based, renewable resources by 2015. Wind energy, gasification, a methane digester, as well as using manure, corn stover, dried distillers grain from ethanol plants and garbage from the landfill as fuel are all on the table when it comes to shaking out an energy plan for the future. On Thursday, the Agribusiness and Renewable Energy Development Committee, which is an arm of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, heard updates on all of those fronts.
WILLMAR -- If the summer's exceptionally warm and dry weather continues, corn yields in Minnesota will be significantly lowered from the potential yield that was developing, according to Dale Hicks, agronomist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
WILLMAR -- The poor water quality of Lake Wakanda, located in southern Kandiyohi County, has been studied for at least 15 years and not much has been done yet to make improvements. A draft management plan to improve the water quality could provide the necessary vehicle for action in the near future.
WILLMAR - Kerrie Reinert hoists buckets of ground corn into the box of a well-used farm truck, slams the tailgate shut, hops into the cab and heads off to feed a pen of Holstein heifers. It's a little past noon and she's finished the 5:30 a.m. milking on the rural Willmar dairy farm where she works as a herdsman. She has a long list of chores to do before she goes back to the barn of 240 cows for the evening milking. With a wide grin and a slight bow to her blond head, Reinert acknowledges she puts in some long days of physically demanding work. She also gets dirty.
WILLMAR -- A proposal to put two county departments under one umbrella received a tepid response Tuesday from the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Family Service Director Larry Kleindl had asked the commissioners to form an advisory group and take several months to study the possibility of merging the Family Services and Public Health departments and creating a new Human Services Board to oversee it. Kleindl said a merger could result in better coordination and integration of services while avoiding duplication of expenses, staff and equipment. With a change in leadership in the nex