A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR—Six candidates from three local legislative races shared their views on issues and participated in some mild political sparring during a forum Friday morning at the Kandiyohi County Fair. There are fewer than 90 days left before the general election Nov. 8 and local candidates are starting to hit their summer stride, shaking hands and milking cows at county fairs. The forum, which drew a sparse crowd at the fair but was broadcast on KWLM, included four candidates who are facing a rematch from the election two years ago.
NEW LONDON—A majority of the contracts to build a performing arts auditorium and gym at the high school and a new cafeteria/auditorium and two classrooms at the elementary school were approved this week by the New London-Spicer School Board. Groundbreaking for the $20.6 million project will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 22, prior to the board's next meeting when members are expected to take action on additional bids.
NEW LONDON—A proposed plan to route a new segment of the Glacial Lakes State Trail through property owned by the New London-Spicer School District was rejected by the school board. While lauding the intentions of the plan, the board said this week that putting the trail through the district's nature area and outdoor classrooms and alongside its playgrounds and athletic fields could jeopardize their top priorities of student safety and protection of school property for future growth.
The $290 million Aurora solar project will be the largest utility-scale solar project in Minnesota. The project includes solar farms at 16 sites in Minnesota including locations near Paynesville and Atwater. The 477,000 solar photovoltaic panels erected on the farms will produce a total of 150 megawatts of direct current power that, when converted to AC power, will generate about 121 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. The electricity produced by Aurora will meet the needs of over 17,000 homes.
PAYNESVILLE—On a 100-acre field where crops grew last year near Paynesville, thousands of metal posts are being pounded into the ground, tracker motors assembled and torque tubes put in place in preparation for the installation of solar panels that will start producing power this fall. The same thing is happening on a 37-acre field on the edge of Atwater. The Paynesville and Atwater sites are two of 16 solar farms in the Aurora solar project.
BIRD ISLAND -- A fire Thursday morning heavily damaged a rural Bird Island house and has left owners Dennis and Roberta Pyland without a home. Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable...
NEW LONDON—A train depot built in 1886 as a transportation landmark in New London will be moving again. This will be the second move for the 60-by-24-foot white clapboard building, which was originally built for the Great Northern Railway and has been used as headquarters for Boy Scout Troop 228 since 1976. The move means the historic building will be preserved rather than demolished and the Scouts will continue to have a home.
WILLMAR—As a self-employed farmer and 1996 graduate of Ridgewater College's agriculture program, Larry Konsterlie said he knows how important it is to have a good education, access to positive opportunities and a strong network of colleagues in order to have a successful ag career. The same is true for Angelica Hopp, who went back to school when she was 47 years old and graduated from Ridgewater with an ag business degree in 2009 and now works in a job that assists farmers with environmental and financial programs.
NEW LONDON—A long row of manilla envelopes lined a table in the New London-Spicer cafeteria Tuesday afternoon as bids were opened on 37 different contracts for the school district's $20.6 million construction project. In a November referendum, district voters approved building a 650-seat performing arts auditorium and two-court gym at the high school/middle school and a new cafeteria/multi-use learning space and two new classrooms at the elementary school.
WILLMAR -- An angel investment group that will have up to $3 million in funds to focus on agricultural development in Kandiyohi County could have enough investors to launch a...