A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners may have violated the state's Open Meeting Law when members reached a decision -- outside a public meeting -- about who to hire as the new county administrator. The county denies there was a violation but has referred the issue to its legal counsel with the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust. It was announced last month that the Kandiyohi County Commissioners have decided to hire Family Services Director Larry Kleindl as county administrator when longtime administrator Wayne Thompson retires later this year. The informal decision was no
ATWATER -- Since 1956, the public library in Atwater has been housed in an old, two-story downtown brick building. Equipped with desks and shelves that were either there from the beginning of time or hand-me-downs from the Willmar library, the Atwater library's 874-square-foot space is too small for the existing materials and programs. Lynda Behm, who's been the Atwater librarian since 1994, manages to keep good humor about the tight space and some unattractive features, like mold in the dank basement where she goes when only absolutely necessary.
WILLMAR - Support and opposition are mounting for a constitutional amendment that would dedicate all revenue from motor vehicle sales tax to transportation programs in Minnesota. The amendment will be on the November ballot. The joint powers board for the Kandiyohi Area Transit agreed Friday they needed more information before weighing in on the issue. The Transportation Alliance had sent KAT a sample resolution seeking support for the amendment. The Alliance currently has a list of about 130 different government entities and businesses, like highway engineering and construction firms, tha
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.
GROVE CITY -- Revisions to a plan designed to get the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District out of statutory operating debt by June 30, 2008, were approved Monday by the School Board. The district submitted a plan to the state earlier this month but was asked to make several revisions, including removing potential revenue from a future levy referendum. District residents voted against a referendum Dec. 1 that would have raised $438,000 every year for seven years.
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.