A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- The TV portrayal of a homeless person living in a cardboard box or pushing a grocery cart down the sidewalk could lead one to believe there are no homeless people in Kandiyohi County. That assumption would be wrong, said Capt. Brenda Line from the Willmar Salvation Army. There are homeless individuals here, she said, but they could be sitting next to you in church or standing in line at the grocery store.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar pastor, who captured Sen. Dean Johnson making comments about the Minnesota Supreme Court's views on the state's marriage law, said he has no regrets about making the secret recording. Brent Waldemarsen, senior pastor at Harvest Community Church of God in Willmar, acknowledged the recording of Johnson has opened up a can of worms.
GROVE CITY - Financial issues including rejecting roof bids, refinancing of bonds and seeking an early entitlement payment from the state were addressed Monday at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City school board. ACGC is currently in statutory operating debt, which has forced the district to consider options for reducing expenditures and increasing revenue. Superintendent Pamela Kyllingstad said ACGC is one of 19 public schools in Minnesota that are in statutory operating debt.
WILLMAR -- Taxing gravel from Kandiyohi County mines could generate revenue for the county, but a majority of the tax would likely be paid by the county. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners discussed the merits of establishing a gravel tax during a special meeting Tuesday.
WILLMAR -- Preliminary plans by the Willmar Poultry Company to put five residential lots on a peninsula on Long Lake were approved Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The preliminary plat for Pleasant Cove was approved on a 4-1 vote, with one abstention and one member absent. Besides lots for five homes, the preliminary plat includes construction of an 18-foot wide private road on the narrowest strip of the peninsula. Half-dozen residents spoke out against the plan saying the project would harm wetlands and an already "fragile" lake. They questioned if the land was buildabl
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board meetings will be televised on the local cable access channel starting in April. On a unanimous vote Tuesday the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners agreed to broadcast the meetings on a trial basis, with a review of the venture to take place at the end of the year.
WILLMAR -- The state Department of Human Services may be asked to help find a location, and possibly a provider, to operate a 16-bed psychiatric hospital in Willmar. The 18-county southwest Minnesota mental health consortium is expected to discuss the issue Friday in Olivia. As part of the plan to move the state's mental health programs out of regional treatment centers, small inpatient mental health hospitals are planned to open in nine Minnesota communities, including Willmar. Rice Memorial Hospital had been asked to operate the program in an existing building on the Willmar Regional Trea
WILLMAR -- Whether or not to televise the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meetings on the local cable channel will be discussed Tuesday by the board members. The decision will be made on the merits of broadcasting the meetings and not on the cost of the venture, said County Administrator Wayne Thompson. It was initially thought the camera equipment in the board room would have to be replaced, at an estimated cost of $25,000.
GROVE CITY -- As part of the district's plan to get out of statutory operating debt, the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board at its meeting Monday placed six tenured teachers on unrequested leave of absence. Only one of the six teachers will lose their job in the district next year. The others will have their hours cut or be placed in other positions in the district. The cuts are part of a required plan to get out of statutory operating debt.
ATWATER -- New homes have been found for the Atwater library and senior dining program. In action Wednesday, the Atwater City Council agreed to rent space for the library in half of the old Tom Thumb store on U.S. Highway 12. The city will pay $600 a month for rent and pay utilities.