A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — The next 45 days could prove to be interesting as farmers secure operating loans for the 2017 planting season. Given the current low commodity prices — which followed unprecedented high prices and increased purchases of farmland and machinery that over-extended some farm budgets — a number of farmers may walk away empty-handed this spring.
RENVILLE — Two people were injured Tuesday night in a single-vehicle accident south of Renville when their vehicle was launched through the air and landed in a field after the driver failed to stop at a "T" intersection. According to the Renville County Sheriff's office, the accident happened at around 8:54 p.m. at the intersection of county roads 6 and 4, approximately 8 miles south of Renville in Flora Township.
WILLMAR — A seven-mile-long, high-speed chase Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old male. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, the incident started at around 11:08 a.m. when agents of the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force, along with agents from the Minnesota Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit, were involved with a motor vehicle pursuit of the juvenile. The chase reached speeds of about 70 miles per hour and covered about seven miles.
EDEN VALLEY — About 8,300 young turkeys were killed in a barn fire Tuesday morning in Meeker County. It's believed the fire was started by a propane heater in the barn, which was owned by Langmo Farms. According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, the incident was reported shortly before noon in the 61900 block of 363rd Street in Manannah Township near Eden Valley. A 76-foot by 416-foot barn and a tractor were a total loss and there were approximately 8,300 young birds in the barn at the time.
FREEPORT — A Watkins man was pulled from a burning vehicle Sunday shortly before it was engulfed in flames. A Stearns County Sheriff's deputy, a member of the Freeport Fire Department and neighbors who were at the scene of the crash were credited for rescuing the 23-year-old driver, Brent James Geislinger. The incident was reported at 5:57 p.m. on Stearns County Road 11, about miles south of Freeport, when a 1998 Buick LeSabre Custom driven by Geislinger veered off the road and struck a driveway approach.
WILLMAR — Amanda Freund knows she has a "crappy" job. She grins good-naturedly, recalling every junior-high joke ever uttered about the sturdy containers made from manure generated by her family's dairy cows that she markets as nutrient-rich, biodegradable seed-starting pots. "I'm literally selling crap," Freund said during a Women in Ag Network conference last week in Willmar. Freund was one of about a dozen speakers at the conference, which drew about 60 women from around the state who sought risk-management education that could enhance their work on the farm.
GROVE CITY — After interviewing six candidates Thursday and Friday, the list of finalists for the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School superintendent has been narrowed down to three. The list includes Brian Koslofsky, who is currently the superintendent at neighboring MACCRAY Public Schools, which includes the communities of Maynard, Raymond and Clara City. The other finalists are Kristopher Lynk, principal at Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools and Nels Onstad, director of educator licensing at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville.
MARSHALL — A student at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall who was a member of the school's wheelchair basketball team has unexpectedly died. In a news release issued this morning, SMSU staff said that John Herndon died Tuesday. Herndon, who was from Macomb, Michigan, was a junior at SMSU majoring in exercise science. He was a first-year member of the SMSU Mustang wheelchair basketball team.
GROVE CITY — Six finalists have been named for the job as superintendent of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. Interviews will be conducted Thursday and Friday, with a contract for a new superintendent expected to be approved March 16. Sherri Broderius, who has worked 34 years at ACGC and currently has a dual role as superintendent and principal, is retiring June 30. "Sherri is a powerhouse for the district," said board member Megan Morrison.
NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer School Board voted Monday to sell $585,000 in general obligation facilities maintenance bonds to finance the replacement of the running track and approved a contract to design, bid and build a new bus road and synthetic football field estimated at $1.2 million. The maintenance bonds will be sold March 27 to pay for the track replacement, which has been on the district's to-do list for years. A portion of the maintenance funds the district receives from the state will be used to pay interest on the bonds.