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 -- Development of a strategic plan that involved some "soul searching" in the Heartland Community Action Agency has brought about changes in how the nonprofit organization is helping eliminate poverty in the region. Jay Kieft, executive director of the four-county organization, gave the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners an update on Heartland's programs during the County Board meeting Tuesday. Kieft said there has been a shift from using the "band-aid approach" of responding to poverty to "high-impact activities" that are better helping low-income families get out of poverty.
WILLMAR -- A proposal to put a sanitary sewer system around Diamond Lake is being put on the shelf for the time being. That should please a majority of lake association members who apparently don't want the system. But when voting Tuesday to put the project on hold, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners said Diamond Lake residents will need to address the issue of declining lake water quality and find ways to fix the problem. "There is no question Diamond Lake is deteriorating," said Commissioner Richard Falk. Kandiyohi County Public Works Director Gary Danielson said the county "doesn't want
WILLMAR -- Information given to local legislators Tuesday about how the state is spending $600,000 for a meth resource center in Willmar answers some, but not all of the questions included in the inquiry. In July, Sen. Dean Johnson and Rep.
NEW LONDON -- Kandiyohi County's landfill is growing, both upward and outward. Crews are in the process of expanding the landfill to include another four-acre cell that will provide enough storage for the next three to five years, depending on the flow of garbage. Currently about 35,000 tons of garbage is buried at the sanitary landfill every year.
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
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
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
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