A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- A bill in the Minnesota Legislature that's designed to curtail government's use of eminent domain for private economic development could have unexpected consequences for city and county governments. Kandiyohi County Attorney Boyd Beccue told the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that a provision in the proposed bill could drastically increase the cost of right of way that local units of government pay for public projects, like roads. The bill was introduced to prevent private land from being taken and given to another private individual or entity for economic deve
REDWOOD FALLS -- A 26-year-old Sacred Heart man was charged in Redwood County District Court Monday in the Sunday shooting of a man in rural Belview. Ivan Morales was charged with one felony count of first-degree assault, one felony count of second-degree assault and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm. Nathan Lee Kramer, 21, of Mankato was shot in his left ankle early Sunday morning after an argument with Morales at a party in rural Belview, according to the criminal complaint filed in Redwood County District Court. Kramer was brought to the Redwood Area Hospital and was later tre
WILLMAR -- Fifty resolutions were addressed by delegates during the Republican 7th District convention Saturday in Willmar. Most resolutions were passed quickly, unanimously and with little or no debate. A resolution on praying "in Jesus' name" did get a fair amount of debate, with some delegates objecting to the lack of inclusiveness. The resolution said "We advocate freedom, including praying in Jesus' name, be allowed and unrestricted by local, state, and national government. All U.S.
WILLMAR -- Delegates at the 7th District Republican Convention Saturday in Willmar heard from a string of candidates who will be seeking Republican endorsement at the state convention in June, including Mark Kennedy, John Uldrich and Harold Shudlick, who are all vying for the Mark Dayton's seat in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy was the obvious favorite among the 7th district delegates and office holders, like Sen.
WILLMAR -- From "Roseau to Redwood Falls" illegal immigration is the top issue on voters minds throughout the 35 counties of Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, according to Michael Barrett. The Long Prairie pharmacist was endorsed Saturday as the Republican congressional candidate on a unanimous ballot at the 7th District Republican Congressional Convention in Willmar.
LITCHFIELD -- An early-morning explosion that was heard nearly four miles away ripped apart a Litchfield home Friday, leaving two people homeless. The cause of the incident is still under investigation, but a fire marshal said it "mimicked" an explosion caused by liquid propane. Larry and Barbara Ann McMains were asleep when their home was torn apart in a loud blast around 4 a.m., according to the Meeker County Sheriff's Department. The couple was able to escape without injury. The home, located at 60219 245th Street in Litchfield, is a total loss. The McMains flagged down a deputy who wa
WILLMAR - Long Prairie pharmacist Michael Barrett was endorsed on a unanimous ballot Saturday at Minnesota's 7th District Republican Congressional Convention in Willmar. Barrett, the only Republican seeking the seat, will challenge long-time DFL incumbent Collin Peterson of Detroit Lakes in the November election, who was endorsed last weekend. Illegal immigration was cited by Barrett as the top issue on voters mind in the 35 counties of the 7th District. "Everyday in America should be a day without illegal immigrants," Barrett said. Peterson "cares more about illegal immigrants" than he
WILLMAR -- On one of the nicest spring planting days of the year, Myron Behm's work on his family farm near Atwater was interrupted for a couple hours on Wednesday. Instead of loading seed corn for customers, he helped plant the seeds for a future partnership between Kandiyohi County and China for renewable resource projects. Apologizing for his denim work shirt and jeans, Behm welcomed a dozen members of the Chinese delegation during a luncheon meeting at Ridgewater College.
WILLMAR -- Ideas for making the Kandiyohi Area Transit system bigger and better were laid on the table Tuesday during a planning session by the operations committee. "It was a very good session," said Transit Director John Groothuis.
WILLMAR -- A long slate of statewide Republican candidates and as many as 268 delegates will be in Willmar this weekend for the 7th District Congressional Republican party convention. The delegates will debate the merits of 50 resolutions, endorse a candidate for Congress and hear from Republican candidates that are seeking election, or reelection to statewide posts. "We're very happy and excited to have the 7th district convention here in Willmar," said Rollie Nissen, co-chair of the Kandiyohi County Republicans.