A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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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.
ATWATER -- After adding a few windows, moving a couple doors and expanding the library space, members of the Atwater City Council have approved a preliminary drawing for a proposed new municipal building. The action was taken during a special meeting Monday afternoon. It's hoped that blueprints of the plan will be completed by Wednesday night, when the council holds its regular meeting, so specifications can be completed and the project can be advertised for bids. If all goes according to plan, bids will be awarded in March and construction will begin in May. Much will depend on how compet
WILLMAR -- Programs that provide inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for children will be closed in Brainerd but expanded in Willmar. The result is a net loss of 11 beds in the State Operated Services system for children between the ages of 6 and 18 who need inpatient hospitalization for mental health care. The consolidation of the inpatient component of the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services program was the result of a "recent business decision," based on census trends and availability of other services, said Patrice Vick, communications director for the Department of Human S
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.
WILLMAR -- Once construction documents are completed in the next couple weeks, bids will be sought to build a bus shelter in downtown Willmar. The Kandiyohi Area Transit Joint Powers Board learned Friday that construction for the long-delayed project should begin early this spring. "It's been a very sluggish project," said John Groothuis, KAT transit director. The bus transfer shelter was supposed to have been built and in use by now, but a snag in obtaining the deed to the property from Qwest forced KAT to pass up an earlier bid and start the process over. The KAT Joint Powers Board, whic
WILLMAR -- Whether it's called Super Tuesday, Super-Duper Tuesday or Tsunami Tuesday, Minnesotans have an opportunity to be part of the process to select the next president by participating in precinct caucuses. During a swing around the region Wednesday, Sen. Tarryl Clark, the DFL assistant majority leader from St.
Nick Neibauer taps his finger a couple times on the whiteboard that hangs on the wall in his high school math room. Instantly, diagrams showing congruent angles appear. With another tap, a protractor pops onto the board and he shows how the angles are measured. Another tap can show how angles are used in modern architecture. For students struggling to learn basic geometry in Neibauer's classroom at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School, the wall-sized display and demonstration can help make math easier to understand. "It really improves the visual aspects," he said.
GROVE CITY -- Another levy referendum will be held sometime this year in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District in an attempt to raise new revenue for the financially strapped district. A special election could take place as early as April 22; however, the board may opt to wait until the general election in November. The ACGC School Board agreed Monday to put the issue to voters once again, but were split on when the referendum should be held to maximize the chances of getting it passed. ACGC voters have rejected four proposed levy increases since 2005, including two attempts made in
GROVE CITY - Another levy referendum will be held in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District, but it's undecided if that vote will take place this spring or fall. The ACGC School Board agreed Monday to put the issue to voters once again in an attempt to increase revenue for the financially strapped school district. Boardmember Janell Johnson urged the board to hold the levy in April rather than wait until the general election in November, which she said would be focused on a tight presidential race and the "doom and gloom" of the economy. Chairwoman Judy Raske said she thought April w