A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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NEW LONDON—A couple candy bars sold by New London-Spicer sixth-grade students as part of a fundraiser reportedly had mealworms inside them. The district was notified Sunday by a parent who reported that two chocolate almond candy bars had mealworms inside. According to a news release from NLS communications director Megan Field, the district has worked with with Bazzini LLC and Cherrydale Farms to rectify the situation. The company believes this is an isolated incident with mealworms found only in the candy bars sold at NLS, according to Field.
BENSON—The Swift County Commissioners will hold a special meeting 10 a.m. tomorrow when County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver is expected to submit his resignation. Pogge-Weaver who has served as Swift County Administrator for 3½ years, has accepted a job as city administrator in Carroll, Iowa. His last day on the job in Swift County is expected to be Oct. 21 and pending final action he could begin his job in Carroll—a town of about 10,000 in west central Iowa—the end of October.
Accidents LITCHFIELD—The drivers of two vehicles escaped injury in a rear-end collision Saturday morning in Meeker County. According to the State Patrol, a 2012 Ford Escape driven by Patricia L. Fitz, 56, of Alexandria, was stopped in the left turn lane of eastbound of U.S. Highway 12 when an eastbound 2007 Ford Escape driven by David K. Mohs, 59, of Spicer, rear-ended the stopped vehicle. The accident was reported at 11:38 a.m. Road conditions were dry at the time. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the rash.
Arrest WILLMAR—Following a traffic stop Friday morning, a 23-year-old man was arrested on two counts of third-degree DWI, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The incident was reported at 3:23 a.m. in the 700 block of Park Avenue Northwest. Counterfeit bill WILLMAR—A bank in Willmar reported Friday morning that a counterfeit $20 bill was received. Theft
LITCHFIELD -- A man from Ontario, Canada, was injured Thursday morning in a two-vehicle accident in Meeker County. Three other individuals involved with the crash were not injured. According to...
WILLMAR—The despair that was felt in the Minnesota poultry industry this time last year—after nine million turkeys and chickens were wiped out in an unprecedented outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza—was replaced with a sense of determined readiness during a celebration Thursday christening the new Minnesota Poultry Testing Lab in Willmar. "This project was born in a crisis," said Dr. Trevor Ames, Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
WILLMAR—Fear fueled by misinformation—and not science—is a driving force in the anti-GMO movement that could harm agriculture and make it difficult to feed a growing world population. That was the message delivered Tuesday during the sixth annual Ag and Animal Science Conference at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.
LITCHFIELD -- A Spicer man was seriously injured Saturday afternoon in Meeker County when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a dirt bike driven by a 15-year old girl,...
NEW LONDON—Two tax abatement hearings are scheduled for next month on a proposed $7.8 million project to build a hotel, event center, restaurant and new pro shop at the Little Crow Country Club near New London. A hearing will be Oct. 4 during the meeting of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, when a request for a 10-year county tax abatement totaling $750,812 will be reviewed. The New London-Spicer School Board will conduct a similar hearing Oct. 10 on a request to abate $272,882 in taxes over the 10-year period.
NEW LONDON—A patented process to produce vegetables with an aeroponics method that was developed by a 1987 New London-Spicer graduate could serve as an educational tool—and revenue source—for the school district in the future. Dana Anderson gave a presentation Monday night to the NLS School Board about his Living Green Farms. Anderson developed the automated misting system that feeds vertical containers of leafy vegetables that are grown in air—without soil—in 2010.