A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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ST. JOSEPH -- After nearly 27 years of not knowing what happened to Jacob Wetterling -- the 11-year-old boy abducted on a dirt road in 1989 near his home in...
NEW LONDON -- Four people were injured in a two vehicle accident Friday night on state Highway 23 north of New London. All of the injuries were classified as non-life-threatening...
WILLMAR—Because of recent wet weather, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will delay several concrete rehabilitation projects that were scheduled to begin Tuesday. Unless weather creates additional delays, many of the projects are now scheduled to begin Sept. 12, according to a news release from MnDOT.
NEW LONDON—Mark Tanner's business of raising walleye to stock popular fishing lakes is about as Minnesotan as you can get. But he hopes his new sideline business of raising saltwater shrimp for people to buy fresh by the pound and take home to grill, boil or saute with butter will become a new Minnesota tradition. "They're good," said Tanner, commenting on the home-grown shrimp he taste-tested recently. Locals will have a chance to find that out for themselves this week when his first batch of shrimp goes on sale.
NEW LONDON—Built in 1886 and moved in 1976, the original New London train depot made another historic move Friday. It should be the last. As Boy Scouts and parents from Boy Scout Troop 228 watched, the old depot was moved off the Peace Lutheran Church property, where it sat for 40 years after it was donated by Burlington Northern Railway to the Scouts for use as a meeting site.
NEW LONDON -- Built in 1886 and moved in 1976, the original New London train depot made another historic move Friday. It should be the last. As Boy Scouts and...
Construction that's underway at the New London-Spicer School High School/Middle School will create challenges for student drivers and parents dropping off students when school begins Monday. It's a challenge that'll...
NEW LONDON—Among the hard-hat-wearing, gold-shovel-wielding officials lined up Monday to break ground on the $20.6 million construction project at the New London-Spicer High School/Middle School was a row of students. There was a senior who will graduate before the project is done and won't have a chance to perform in the new 650-seat performing arts auditorium or have physical education classes in the two-court gym. And there was a fourth-grader who will.
SPICER—With 500 acres of land in need of continual maintenance, there will be plenty of projects for volunteers to work on during a one-day volunteer effort scheduled for next month at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. The focus for the day will be a piece of virgin prairie possibly thousands of years old that is being cleared of invasive cedar trees, sumac and buckthorn so that native big bluestem and sideoats can be restored.
APPLETON—News Thursday that the federal government intends to phase out use of privately owned prisons has renewed questions about the future of the privately owned prison in Appleton. The 1,640-bed prison in Appleton has been empty since 2010 when the owners—Corrections Corporation of America—closed the facility. During the last year Corrections Corporation of America and officials from Appleton and Swift County launched a campaign to persuade the state to lease—or buy—the prison to ease overcrowded state prisons.