A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
- Member for
- 5 years 4 months
LITCHFIELD — A Meeker County jury found a Watkins man guilty this week of four assault charges in connection with the 2017 physical and sexual assault of a woman. At the end of the one-day jury trial, the jury convicted Paul Matthew Ashfeld, 33, of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, criminal sexual conduct in the second degree and criminal sexual conduct in the third degree — all felonies. He was also convicted of a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.
WILLMAR — Yusef Mohamed Muhumed, 23, of Willmar, was found guilty this week of four felony charges in connection with a November assault of two women at a Willmar residence. Muhumed was convicted of burglary in the first degree — assault of person in a building, threats of violence, domestic assault and violation of a no-contact order. A Kandiyohi County jury returned the guilty verdicts Tuesday after the one-day trial. The jury found him not guilty of a misdemeanor charge of theft. Sentencing is set for March 8.
NEW LONDON — Like parents who are finally empty-nesters and put kids' bedrooms to new uses, board members for Crow River Players Inc. have big plans for The Little Theatre in New London now that the school district is moving to its own performing arts center. For decades the New London-Spicer School District leased the historic Little Theatre for student plays during the school year and the Crow River Players used the stage for summer productions and several one-night music concerts.
SPICER — A 30-year-old Spicer woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday night after the truck she was driving left the road and rolled in a lightly wooded field west of Spicer. The woman, who was not identified in a press release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, was extricated from 2001 Ford Ranger by the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad and taken to Rice Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt, according to the sheriff's department.
KANDIYOHI — Starting Feb.1, Kandiyohi Mayor Gordy Woltjer won't be fielding telephone calls when the power goes out in town and he won't be searching for blown transformers or downed power lines in a storm. Instead, the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative will take the calls and take all responsibility for the repairs, upgrades and billing of city residents for electrical service. "It's going to be a good deal for everybody," said Woltjer, of the upcoming transaction between the city and the co-op.
NEW LONDON — There's more than just beer brewing at the Goat Ridge Brewing Co. in New London. After 2½ years in business — and following an expansion last year — Goat Ridge is adding another 1,600 square feet onto the business. The addition will create space for an expanded taproom, a bigger brewhouse and a bigger dance floor for their frequent live music shows and space for a farm-to-table restaurant. "It's a nice fit," said Josh Reed, who owns Goat Ridge with his wife, Christa Otteson.
WILLMAR — With about 35 days to read and comprehend the nearly 500-page new federal tax bill, accountants and CPAs can be forgiven for not knowing everything that's in it. And with additional adjustments expected in the law, some of those changes could change again. During a workshop Friday morning in Willmar, a panel of five financial experts had a crowd of about 90 people listening to every word they said while presenting an overview of the new bill.
WILLMAR — The new federal tax reform law will create significant changes for businesses and could provide financial tax advantages. But as the new tax season rolls around, the new law presents questions and challenges for businesses. "Business owners now have more tools in the tool box to dial in their tax results which creates opportunities but complexities all at the same time," said Joel Gratz, a certified public accountant and director of taxation at Christianson PLLP of Willmar.
SPICER — A jumbled pile of mammoth blocks of ice — some shattered into jagged shards — is all that remains of the stately 20-foot Spicer Ice Castle that had been the focal point of a lighting ceremony and fireworks show Saturday night on Green Lake that drew hundreds of onlookers. Constructed Jan. 7-8 with about 500 blocks of Green Lake ice that weighed about 600 pounds each, the castle at Saulsbury Beach was intended to be a feature throughout the Spicer Winterfest activities, including the Polar Plunge and the pond hockey tournament coming up Saturday.
NEW LONDON — A recently completed review of four intersections on state Highway 23 near New London has resulted in a list of recommended actions to reduce serious and fatal crashes and improve safety and access. Constructing a J-turn at the intersection of Highway 23 and state Highway 9 was the major recommendation, along with recommendations for clearing sight lines and adding new lighting at others intersections.