A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County License Bureau made a short move across the hall last week. Following completion of a remodeling project at the county's downtown Willmar office building, the local Driver and Vehicle Services bureau moved from the far side of the building against a brick wall to a new area that features a bank of windows and easy access to two outside doors.
By Carolyn Lange and Kelly Boldan SACRED HEART – Multiple law enforcement personnel and units are conducting active searches this afternoon along the Minnesota River in northern Redwood and southern...
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners sent a letter to the city of Willmar on Tuesday formalizing an invitation for the two entities to begin a six-month exploration of collaborative efforts that could improve services and save taxpayer dollars. The letter, which hints at conflicts on the City Council and the city's recent decision to shelve a consultant's recommendation to reorganize city departments, carries the clear message that change is necessary.
WILMAR – The Kandiyohi County Commissioners sent a letter to the city of Willmar today formalizing an invitation for the two entities to begin a six-month exploration of collaborative efforts...
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County is combining a public service campaign with tough law enforcement coverage to make roads safer. At their meeting Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners heard an update from Stephanie Felt from the county's "Safe Community Coalition" that's part of a statewide campaign called "Toward Zero Deaths." The goal of the coalition is to reduce traffic-related deaths and serious injuries, said Felt. That's a big task.
LITCHFIELD – A canoeist was rescued last night in Meeker County after his canoe tipped over and he walked through thick woods and a cornfield. Robert Tiwari, 45, of New...
WILLMAR — A tall stack of thank you cards was delivered to the Kandiyohi County Commissioners Tuesday. Hand-written by residents who stopped by at the Drug-Free Communities Coalition booth earlier this month at the Kandiyohi County Fair, the cards expressed gratitude for action the County Board of Commissioners took to make county park beaches tobacco-free. "It's nice to walk on the beach without stepping on a bunch of cig butts," read a card addressed to Commissioner Dean Shuck from a woman named Rose.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Health and Human Services Building for its regular meeting. Items on the agenda include a letter of retirement from County Assessor Tim Falkum, reports on the county's "Safe Community Coalition" and drug-free task force and a petition by the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative for a water drainage outlet into County Ditch 37.
WILLMAR — To hear the girls talk about it, spending a couple hours in the Wal-Mart parking lot was one of the best things they did this summer — ranking on par with a day at the beach. They're serious. Wearing matching T-shirts, the teens patrolled the parking lot to help people return carts to the corrals in a random act of kindness that thrilled harried shoppers and gave the girls another notch up in self-esteem and friendship that could lead to improved participation in their community and school.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Assessor Tim Falkum will submit his letter of resignation Tuesday to the County Board. His last day is Oct. 30. Falkum is leaving his post to retire, but he worries there will be a future shortage of assessors in counties and cities in Minnesota as a new — more stringent — licensing requirement takes effect next year. The Legislature approved changes during the last session that will require assessors to have more education, more training and to be "accredited."