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 — When he was a kid, Jim Thompson sparred plenty with his two sisters. It was a typical brother-sister relationship. But life-giving sacrifices have changed those relationships. In 1998 Thompson's oldest sister gave him a kidney in a transplant operation that has kept him off dialysis for 15 years. Now Thompson's youngest sister will give him one of her kidneys in an operation scheduled for Aug. 27 that could extend his health for another decade or two. "We've always been a close family," said Thompson, who lives in rural Lake Lillian.
WILLMAR — Since 2007 Luqmaan Mohumud has steadily built up his grocery store and coffee shop in the Centre Point Mall in downtown Willmar. Most of his customers are fellow Somalis who live and work in Willmar. With well-stocked shelves and expanded services, Mohumud said his business, Mubarek Grocery, was starting to be profitable for his family. That's why he was shocked to receive a letter Friday stating that the building was being sold and he had until Sept. 30 to move out.
WILLMAR — Being located right across the street from the Bill Taunton Stadium where the popular Willmar Stingers play baseball should serve as a neon sign directing people to your front door. Yet Jay Baker said he gets "so many calls" every week from people asking where the county's recycling facility is located. Those callers all say they know where the Stingers play ball but claim to have never seen the large brown recycling center that's on the other side of the road.
CLARKFIELD — Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's officials are working with agencies from several jurisdictions, including South Dakota, in an ongoing investigation of an incident Tuesday morning in Clarkfield when a handgun was fired during a law enforcement interview. No one was injured in the incident and there is no threat to public safety, according to Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten. In a brief interview Wednesday, Flaten said the individual is not in custody in Yellow Medicine County but is in a secure facility.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar teen charged with the July 29 murder of Lila Warwick will have to provide a DNA sample. During a brief court appearance Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court, Assistant State Attorney General Matthew Frank made a formal request to Judge Donald Spilseth that the state be allowed to collect DNA from Brok Junkermeier. Frank said DNA is needed as the state tests forensic evidence collected from Junkermeier's home and car, where blood was reportedly found.
WILLMAR – A Willmar teen charged with the July 29 murder of Lila Warwick made a brief court appearance this morning in Kandiyohi County District Court as part of a...
Finishing touches are being made this week on a family’s year-long project to renovate the one-room School District 25 building, which was also used as the Lake Andrew town hall...
WILLMAR -- The cost of immunizations provided by the Kandiyohi County Public Health Department will cost more. Starting Sept. 1 the cost of a vaccination will go from $14 to $21. At the current rate, the fees do not cover the cost of providing the service, said Denise Kragenbring, from the county public health department. Counties had been required to cap vaccination costs at $14.68. That cap has been raised to $21.22, which will bring in an estimated $10,000 in additional revenue for the program.
WILLMAR --EMDASH-- When a house or barn catches fire in a rural community, property owners expect fire trucks to come screaming down the road. And they do. But the cost to provide that service takes a big chunk of the budgets for small cities and the neighboring townships that collaborate to keep residents safe. Providing quality fire protection is taking an "ever greater and inordinate part of our budget," said Dan Kleven, a supervisor for Kandiyohi Township. "Every year it takes a bigger bite out of our budget."
For eight years Nancy Peterson Salmi walked about a mile from her parent’s rural New London farm home to a one-room prairie school house where her love of reading was...