A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — Residents from three Kandiyohi County communities will vote Nov. 8 whether or not to implement a 0.5 percent local option sales tax on taxable goods purchased in their city limits. Even though all three cities are voting on it, the proposed sales tax is a separate issue for each municipality and passage or failure in one community doesn't affect the other.
NEW LONDON — Following a public hearing Monday night that garnered no negative comments, the New London-Spicer School Board unanimously approved a 10-year tax abatement plan that's part of the financial package for constructing a $7.8 million complex at the Little Crow Country Club. Pending final action by the club's board of directors, construction could begin yet this fall on the proposed project that includes a three-story, 51-room GrandStay Hotel & Suites, pool, a 300-seat event center, new clubhouse and 75-seat restaurant.
After adeptly stepping through the livestock ring in their cowboy boots, Glen Fladeboe and his sister Kristine Fladeboe Duininck launch into their auctioneer's chant to get buyers in the bleachers to dig a little deeper and up their bid on the fat steer being led by a beaming Kandiyohi County 4-Her. "Thank you for what you did," said Fladeboe Duininck, calling out the first name of a local banker who got the all-in, all-done bid of $450 at the 4-H Blue Ribbon Auction held in Willmar on a sultry Friday night in August.
DASSEL – A Meeker County man sustained serious injuries Wednesday when the ATV he was driving flipped over. Daniel Miller, 48, of rural Dassel, was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital...
WILLMAR — In a rematch of the legislative race two years ago — in a district that has a history of flip-flopping parties — GOP Rep. Dave Baker and his DFL challenger Mary Sawatzky discussed issues Tuesday night during the Willmar Area League of Women Voters forum. Sawatzky had the job of representing District 17B residents from 2012 to 2014 — after defeating a Republican candidate — but Baker defeated Sawatzky two years ago. Both candidates have served one term in the office and are fighting for a chance to get back to St. Paul.
WILLMAR—Legislative candidates from District 17A and 17B will participate in a forum Tuesday night in Willmar. Sponsored by the Willmar Area League of Women Voters, the forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Willmar Municipal Utilities Building. The candidates include Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, and Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, who are vying for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives from District 17A; and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, and Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, from District 17B.
WILLMAR—A candidate forum sponsored by members of the faith community will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church, 411, Becker Ave. S.W. in Willmar. The "Repairing the Breach: A Faith Community Conversation with Candidates" forum will focus on issues affecting families in Greater Minnesota, ranging from access to driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants to supports for family caregivers.
BENSON—After accepting the resignation Tuesday of Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver, the County Board of Commissioners appointed Jan Fransen as the interim county administrator. Pogge-Weaver's last day is Oct. 21. He will begin his new job as the city administrator in Carroll, Iowa, on Oct. 24. Fransen, who has 35 years of governmental experience—including 24 years in county government—retired last year after working for 18 years as the Jackson County Coordinator.
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.