A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- A recommendation to put security cameras in the Kandiyohi Area Transit buses was approved Tuesday by the KAT operations board. The cost is estimated at $18,300. The recommendation will be forwarded to the joint powers board for final approval. The joint powers board, which is made up of members of the Willmar City Council and Kandiyohi County Board, meets Friday morning. The operations board had initially discussed putting cameras in two or three buses every year to stager the expense.
ATWATER -- A tie vote Wednesday by the Atwater City Council on whether to allow a local business to provide liquor set-ups on Sundays was approved when the mayor cast the deciding yes vote. Toby Giese, from McPete's II Sports Bar & Lanes, had made the request after it was discovered he had been providing Sunday set-ups -- nonalcoholic beverages to be mixed with patrons' own alcohol -- without a license. According to a draft of the City Council minutes, Councilman James Olson said the issue should be put on the ballot and decided by the town's residents during the fall's general election. Fo
For sisters, Jane Norman and Ann E. Black, don't really look alike. Ann, who is the eldest at 67 and is a self-professed tomboy, has short, dark hair and moves quickly about a room. When she was a girl she drove tractor and helped her dad with farm chores. Jane, whose long gray hair frequently escapes from a clasp to fringe her smiling cheeks, was the sister who stayed in the house to bake cookies and study. She's 64. Despite their differences, the two women were surrounded by the arts as they grew up on the family farm south of Sunburg.
WILLMAR -- Larry Kleindl, director of the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department, will take over the county's top unelected position sometime this year. Kleindl will replace Wayne Thompson, who's been the Kandiyohi County Administrator for 28 years. Kleindl, 44, was hired as a family services supervisor for the county in 1994.
WILLMAR -- The workload at the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department has skyrocketed since Jan.
WILLMAR -- Approval of a final plat for a housing development near Swan Lake was tabled by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners until Feb. 21, when all the commissioners are expected to be present. Only three of the five commissioners were at the meeting Tuesday, with Commissioner Harlan Madsen voicing approval of the plat and Commissioner Richard Falk saying he intended to vote against it.
WILLMAR -- Larry Kleindl, director of the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department, is expected to be named today as the new administrator for Kandiyohi County, according to Kandiyohi County Board Chairman Dean Shuck. Kleindl will replace Wayne Thompson, who has served as county administrator for 28 years. Thompson said in November that he would officially announce his retirement in July. It's not known exactly when Thompson will leave the job and when Kleindl will take over the position.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Regional Treatment Center now has new owners. In action Monday described as "very boring" by one of the participating attorneys, signature papers were matched with about 43 different documents as part of the procedure to close the sale. The action completes the sale of the campus to two new owners -- Kandiyohi County and a private Willmar company called MinnWest Technology. Although the action represents a historic change for the Willmar Regional Treatment Center and the community, the legal transfer of property was not a public event. "It would have been very boring
WILLMAR -- The sale of the Willmar Regional Treatment Center will be completed on today, but without any grand fanfare.
WILLMAR -- A narrow gravel road that leads to property near a shallow lake in Kandiyohi Township is at the heart of a dispute over a proposed housing development. Referred to as the "disputed road" in court documents, the road should actually be a road block to the proposed development, according to members of the Swan Lake Hunting Club, which has owned property in the area for 20 years.