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WILLMAR -- Parents and grandparents are being urged to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of unused pharmaceuticals to prevent drugs from being used by youth attending "pharm parties." Mike Schliks, director of Project Turnabout based in Granite Falls, told the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners on Monday that leftover prescription drugs, such as painkillers, are being used in combination with alcohol. It's one of the latest problems that addiction counselors like those at Project Turnabout are seeing lately in their prevention and treatment programs. "We're seeing people wh
GROVE CITY -- Geography, logistics and convenience for parents appear to be the primary reasons why the open enrollment option is being used in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. A survey of parents and guardians who use open enrollment to send their children to the ACGC district or to send their children outside the district was conducted by Minnesota State University-Mankato at the request of the ACGC School Board. The results of that survey were presented Monday. "Convenience seemed to be the major reason," said Dr.
WILLMAR -- Proposed changes to Kandiyohi County's zoning ordinance would establish setbacks for new or expanding feedlots from a municipality. Zoning Administrator Gary Geer presented the proposed changes Monday to the Planning Commission. The advisory board took no formal action but had a "favorable" reaction to the draft changes, he said.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is strongly urging the Minnesota Department of Transportation to resolve problems with an intersection where numerous accidents have occurred in recent years, including one last week when a county employee was injured. "We need to urge the state to pick this thing up," said County Public Works Director Gary Danielson during Monday's County Board meeting. Commissioner Dennis Peterson asked how many more accidents need to happen there before more is done to improve safety. The commissioners were clearly frustrated with the number of accid
WILLMAR - A 20-year-old Willmar man was commended Monday for his bravery in saving the life of a fisherman from the frigid waters of Eagle Lake on Oct. 27. "I did what I could," said Nathan Dale, in a quiet voice, as he stood before the Kandiyohi County Commissioners, gripping a "life-saving" plaque he received from the county sheriff's department.
WILLMAR -- A $75,000 state grant to build a bus shelter in downtown Willmar will not have to be relinquished by the Kandiyohi Area Transit system after all. The KAT Joint Powers board learned Friday morning that some well-placed phone calls made by Rep.
ATWATR -- The cost of having cats and dogs that violate city ordinances will be increasing in Atwater starting Jan. 1. In response to numerous animal complaints, the Atwater City Council agreed Wednesday to attach some hefty fines to the violations. A dog that barks too much will cost a pet owner $50 after the first of the year. That's double the current fee. Animal nuisance violations, including animals that are left to run around town, will increase from the current $35 to a new rate of $50 for the first violation.
ATWATER -- Gennessee Township officials are questioning a fire protection formula that includes the market value of a multimillion-dollar business that will not generate property taxes for another six or seven years under the Jobs Opportunity Building Zone plan. The township is requesting that the fire board, which also includes Harrison, Irving and Lake Elizabeth townships and the city of Atwater, hold a special meeting before Dec.
WILLMAR -- Short-term changes made to improve a dangerous intersection near the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building have apparently not worked. On Wednesday, the day after two more accidents were reported on Business Highway 71 near the county building, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said the traffic counts, accident records and options for altering the intersection need to be re-evaluated this winter.
WILLMAR -- Carmen Clementson, who is a supervisor with the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department, was injured Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Business Highway 71, near the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. Clementson, 52, of Willmar, was hospitalized over- night Tuesday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and was still a patient as of Wednesday afternoon. The 10:49 a.m.