A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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ATWATER -- The Atwater City Council agreed Wednesday to seek cost estimates for repairing the Hotel Atwater before continuing purchase negotiations with the owner of the building. Sue Meyerson owns the historic building. In an e-mail that was read to the council, Meyerson said she would sell the building to the city for $75,000. Meyerson would also require that the city keep the building for 25 years, according to draft minutes from the meeting. She has also requested that the west half of the nearby lot 10 be deeded to her for landscaping and parking.
WILLMAR -- Before people build a new home in the country, they should know a few things about farming -- like the noise, odors and slow seasonal traffic that's part of doing business in the country. To help increase understanding between longtime rural residents and new country dwellers, a Kandiyohi County ag committee wants information about agriculture to be given to individuals when they apply for permits to build a home in the country. The Agribusiness and Renewable Energy Committee, which is part of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, voted Thursday
WILLMAR -- A change in a state rule handed down by the Department of Human Services is causing headaches for counties and the businesses they contract with to provide services for physically disabled individuals who are under 65 years of age. Kandiyohi County Family Service administrators had been warning the state department since 2002 of the problems the change would cause once it was implemented this year.
WILLMAR -- A trade delegation from China will be in Willmar on Wednesday to explore opportunities for mutually-beneficial renewable energy projects. The group of 10 university and government officials from the Shanghai region is coming here at the invitation of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission's agribusiness and renewable energy committee. A member of that committee went to China as part of Gov.
WILLMAR -- Bids for installing a low-pressure sanitary sewer collection system around Lake Florida were opened Tuesday at the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meeting. The bid also included installation of trunk lines from Lake Florida to the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District treatment facility near Spicer. A decision was delayed until after the numbers in the bids are analyzed and the funding package is reviewed. A meeting and public hearing with Lake Florida residents will also be held before the project receives final approval.
WILLMAR -- Don Ericson hopes it rains today.
By WILLMAR -- The four men who make up the Swan Lake Hunting Club have asked the District Court to compel the Kandiyohi County Board of Adjustment to hold a hearing relating to a residential development on Swan Lake. The hunting club filed a petition for a writ of mandamus April 7, asking the court to order the Board of Adjustment to hold a hearing so that the club members could present their point of view on the issue. The petition also asks that construction or sale of lots in the Swan Lake Estates be prevented until a hearing is held. The developers, Rick and Angee Whitcomb, have platted
OLIVIA -- The hottest word on Wall Street today is the same word that has farmers optimistic -- ethanol. To the oil and gas industry, however, ethanol is a fighting word. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said ethanol holds legitimate promise for reducing, or even eliminating the need for foreign oil -- especially from the Middle East. "The public is behind us on this -- finally," said Peterson, who hosted a farm meeting Friday morning in Olivia.
NEW LONDON -- Spring cleaning can reduce the mess in garages and homes, but it can make a new mess on roads and ditches, especially on the routes to the sanitary landfill. About half of the garbage loads that come to the Kandiyohi County landfill do not follow the simple rule of having garbage covered, according to Mary Fostervold, who checks and weighs each load that comes into the county landfill on U.S.
When it comes to getting information about what's happening with human services programs and the jobs held by longtime local employees at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center, one has to go to St. Paul. Local employees and administrators are not allowed to talk to the media on state time. For the story on the utilities transition and the story on job cuts and transfers, no one at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center was allowed to answer questions about current and future programs and jobs on the campus.