A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- A new logo that's being drawn for the Kandiyohi County Historical Society is based on one that was designed decades ago by Willmar artist Eben Lawson. Lawson was a well-known artist whose cartoons were published in what was then called the Willmar Tribune. His brother, Victor, was the publisher of the newspaper from 1895-1940. The design features a large letter "K" with three buffalo fish swimming around it. The design has appeared on a small scale in past publications sponsored by the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
WILLMAR -- Senate approval of federal funding cuts to the Medicaid program will mean Kandiyohi County residents who currently receive certain family services will have those services cut. The same is expected to happen in every county in Minnesota and the rest of the United States. "It's major blow to some of the most vulnerable and disabled and needy people in the United States," said Kandiyohi County Family Services Director Larry Kleindl on Wednesday, after the Senate voted 51 to 50 to approve the legislation. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., voted for the bill and Sen.
WILLMAR -- A plan to purchase, store, maintain, repair, insure, program, test and operate new voting equipment was approved Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners.
GROVE CITY -- A mix of proposals to save money in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District also includes a plan to increase the kindergarten program. ACGC is in statutory operating debt -- having a deficit beyond levels allowed by the state -- and is in the process of cutting the 2006-07 school budget by cutting positions and programs.
WILLMAR -- A handshake and a signed memorandum of understanding could help secure federal funding for a methane digester to be built somewhere in Kandiyohi County and in China. Methane digesters use fuels such as animal manure, municipal waste, food waste and agricultural byproducts to produce natural gas and electricity.
WILLMAR -- Security cameras will eventually be placed in the entire fleet of the Kandiyohi Area Transit buses.
WILLMAR -- The Jan. 1 deadline for states to be in compliance with new federal election rules is putting the squeeze on Minnesota counties who are rushing to hold hearings and get their plans approved. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will hold a hearing at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday on their Help America Vote Act plan. County Auditor Sam Modderman said he hopes representatives from townships, municipalities and school districts attend the meeting and provide input before the plan is approved.
ATWATER -- For the fourth year in a row, a piece of Atwater's history has been captured on Christmas ornaments. The limited edition glass bulb ornaments, which have a picture of a unique building from the town's distant and current history, are for sale for $8. The Atwater Chamber of Commerce initiated the idea of creating the series of collectible Christmas tree ornaments. The first ornament was made in 2002 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first graduating class from the Atwater school.
WILLMAR -- Proposed revisions to Kandiyohi County's zoning and subdivision ordinances would increase the size of the board of adjustment and change how members of the planning commission are appointed. The long list of proposed changes, which were reviewed Monday night, recommend that the board of adjustment be increased from three members to five members, and that the members of the planning commission are appointed from each of the county board districts with staggering terms. The current ordinance doesn't require one Planning Commission member to come from each district.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Park 2 may be put on the selling block unless more campers show up in 2006. Reduced camping fees for the park are being proposed to help increase its summertime population. If approved by the County Board of Commissioners next week, County Park 2 will have the lowest fees of all the county's parks. It's hoped the action will bring back campers who were scared off when fees were increased for 2005. County Commissioner Richard Larson said the county should consider "disposing" of the park if the usage doesn't increase substantially next year.