A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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Friends and family mourn the loss of 'selfless' Granite Falls native killed in Afghanistan Howling winds whipped the prairie snow into white-out conditions Saturday as a Minnesota soldier was laid to rest in Granite Falls. Hundreds battled dangerous driving conditions in west central Minnesota to pay their respects to Army Sgt. 1st Class, Matthew Ryan Kahler. Kahler, 29, was killed Jan.
Editor's Update: The total revenue fact generated by the proposed 7½-cent gas tax increase stated in Monday's original story previewing the 2008 legislative was incorrect. This story has been updated to reflect the correct total of about $233 million annually to be generated by the proposed 7½-cent gas tax increase. When the gas tax increase is combined with other proposed transportation fee and tax increases, the increased transportation funding total would be about $700 million annually. WILLMAR -- When Sen.
WILLMAR -- Cold weather Sunday caused water pipes to break Sunday, resulting in water damage at two Willmar businesses. The damage was reported at the New 2 You Thrift Store, 1401 First St. S. and at North American State Bank, 1516 First St. S. According to the Willmar Police Department, a passerby noticed water running out from under the door at the New 2 You Thrift Store around 3:30 p.m. and called law enforcement. A sprinkler in the small front entrance of the store froze in the frigid temperatures, causing the pipe to burst and water to pour from the ceiling.
WILLMAR -- Adam Field Frederick, 25, of Willmar, is facing two felony charges of soliciting a minor and distributing pornographic material to a minor. Frederick allegedly had Internet conversations through Facebook and MySpace with a 14-year old girl. The Internet chats were sexual in nature and included invitations to meet in person.
WILLMAR -- Adam Field Frederick, 25, of Willmar, has been charged with two felony counts of soliciting a minor and distributing pornographic material to a minor. Frederick allegedly had Internet conversations through Facebook and MySpace with a 14-year old girl. The Internet chats were sexual in nature and included invitations to meet in person.
GRANITE FALLS - A howling wind whipped American flags held by members of the Patriot Guard Saturday in Granite Falls as SFC Matthew Ryan Kahler was laid to rest. Kahler, 29, was killed Jan.
ATWATER -- The Atwater City Council is adopting a do-it-yourself plan for constructing a new municipal building. The council wants to be its own general contractor for a new building it wants to build to house the city office, police department and library. Mayor Bruce Baker recommended on Wednesday that nearly every component of the project, from the plumbing to the insulation, be bid separately.
WILLMAR -- A December 2007 ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court could threaten the financial viability of nonprofit organizations around the state, including the Willmar Meals on Wheels program. Charlie Oakes, director of West Central Industries, said it's possible the local nonprofit organization may have to pay $100,000 a year in property and sales tax because the Supreme Court has tightened the definition of how a nonprofit can charge for services and still retain its tax-exempt status.
WILLMAR -- The University of Minnesota is exploring the possibility of moving its metro-based poultry research facility to Willmar. The current research center, located near the St. Paul campus at UMORE Park in Rosemount, needs to be moved to make way for new development.
NEW LONDON -- A school bus and a semi collided Monday afternoon sending two Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa students to the hospital. There were five students on the bus at the time of the crash. Two students were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital by the New London Ambulance. Initial reports indicate the injuries were not serious. The drivers of the vehicles were not injured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The accident occurred at 4 p.m. at the intersection of U.S.