A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR – Rep. Dave Baker won his re-election bid Tuesday against Mary Sawatzky, who had held the District 17B House seat for one term before Baker defeated her in 2014...
MORRIS – A Hancock man was killed and three others were injured Sunday in a head-on crash north of Morris. According to the State Patrol, the crash happened around 4:40...
WILLMAR — When it comes to rain, there was just too much of a good thing this year for west central Minnesota crop farmers. Early rains helped corn and soybeans flourish and reach yield-busting status but later deluges have made it difficult to get those bumper crops out of fields. Nearly all the beans have been harvested and 75 percent of the corn has been harvested in Minnesota, according to the latest USDA crop report issued Monday. But getting those last few acres out of wet, muddy fields is proving to be a challenge.
WILLMAR — Now that streets, utilities and a "shovel-ready" certification are in place for the development of a new section of the Willmar Industrial Park, a reinforced marketing campaign is underway to get the space filled. At its recent meeting, the joint powers board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission was shown a newly completed promotional flier the EDC will use to promote the 241-acre site. A color-coded map on the one-page document identifies available lots, including areas that are platted and unplatted.
BIRD ISLAND –Two teens were injured in a one-car rollover Sunday night near Bird Island. According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Bryon...
WILLMAR — In the last public forum to be held before the Nov. 8 general election, candidates from local legislative races met Friday in Willmar to answer questions during an event sponsored by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. There was considerable agreement and minimal sparring on issues between the candidates, which included District 17 Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and his GOP opponent Andrew Lang of Olivia, and House District 17B Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, and his DFL opponent Mary Sawatzky of Willmar.
WILLMAR — During the last year, Jody Bombeck has traveled to nine states, dusted off kids who tumbled from sheep in mutton-busting contests, herded cattle out of rodeo arenas, been in parades in pouring rain and raced around arenas at top speed on horses she had never ridden before while carrying the American flag. And never once has her cowboy hat and Miss Rodeo Minnesota crown fallen off.
NEW LONDON — In an unusual move that was cheered by New London-Spicer's kindergarten teachers, the NLS School Board agreed Monday to provide more classroom help than what was requested. The request included hiring three additional paraprofessionals, increasing the hours of one existing paraprofessional and maintaining the hours of another existing paraprofessional to provide five hours of assistance every day in each of the five kindergarten classrooms.
NEW LONDON — The black and gold wildcat emblem of the New London-Spicer School athletic teams was freshly painted on the grass of the football field ahead of Tuesday's rainy night Section 6AAA playoff game. With cleats ripping up the muddy sod during the 35 to 12 Wildcat victory over Melrose, the New London field looked a little tough afterward. Nursing a ripped-up football field could be a thing of the past if the NLS School Board takes final action to replace the existing sod field with synthetic turf.
WILLMAR — Increasing the K-12 education funding formula, closing the financial equity gap between metro and rural schools and finding ways to attract new teachers to fill an upcoming statewide shortage were some of the issues legislative candidates faced Wednesday during an education forum in Willmar. Sponsored by the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative, 11 candidates from seven districts participated.