A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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BENSON — When cancer strikes a young family it's hard to explain to toddlers that mommy is too sick to pick them up and play with them. How can a preschooler understand that the cancer-killing medicine that could keep their parent alive is making them sicker-than-a-dog and the house needs to be quiet so they can sleep? What can a mother say to their first-grader about being scared to die?
SPICER — The light is shining a little sharper, and a little cheaper, in Spicer after the city replaced old fluorescent light fixtures with new LED light bulbs on the state Highway 23 corridor, on city streets and inside municipal buildings. The total cost of the recently completed retrofit was $219,000, said City Administrator Leslie Valiant. The annual energy savings is projected at a minimum of $9,370 per year, according to Kurt Schoenecker, project manager with Apex, an energy consulting company from the Twin Cities.
NEW LONDON — Now that voters in New London and Spicer have given the OK to a local option sales tax, it's up to legislators to give the final approval before additional tax revenues can be collected in each of the towns. "We need to generate a bill and put that on their docket and hope they pass it," said Leslie Valiant, Spicer City Administrator. "Hopefully we have everybody on board with it." So far it looks like getting legislative approval should not be a problem.
NEW LONDON — Concerns about potential health risks of synthetic turf were discussed Monday by the New London-Spicer School Board. The board is considering installing turf in the district's high school football field to make the limited-use grass field available for physical education classes and additional sports practices and games. Armed with copies of articles and documents on the topic, board member Naomi Johnson said her research indicates chemicals, including lead and mercury in some synthetic turfs, could be dangerous for youth.
WILLMAR — For many families, having a home-cooked meal together is a rare event. Given busy work schedules — plus getting kids to school and extracurricular events, volunteering for community organizations and taking care of elderly parents — gathering around the kitchen table is often supplanted by bags of fast-food passed to the back seat of the minivan.
WILLMAR — Willmar lawmaker Dave Baker said he thinks a special legislative session could be held yet this year. Baker, a Republican who won a second term in the Minnesota House representing District 17B, said Wednesday that talks are currently taking place and there's a "reasonably good chance" lawmakers will be called back sometime this month. "I think there's a good chance," Baker said in a telephone interview from St. Paul, where he was busy working on healthcare issues. "Leadership is working on the details."
NEW LONDON — After the frenzy at big-box stores on Black Friday — and before online shopping begins on Cyber Monday — a growing number of shoppers are going to one-of-a-kind hometown stores on Small Business Saturday. The national movement to encourage people to shop at local brick and mortar stores started about six years ago and has slowly been catching on as an antidote to holiday shopping at chain stores. "I think people feel good that they are helping out the small business owner," said Anita Stulen, co-owner of the Mill Pond Mercantile in New London.
NEW LONDON — Need to burn those extra Thanksgiving dinner calories or take a break from Black Friday shopping? Well, take a hike. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sibley State Park near New London is hosting a free guided hike to Mt. Tom. The event is part of "Free Park Friday" when entrance fees to all Minnesota State Parks are waived for the day to encourage people to take advantage of the outdoors.
ROSCOE – A Murdock man was injured in a one-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning in Stearns County. According to the State Patrol, at around 3:15 a.m. Michael A. Shepersky, 53,...
WILLMAR – Freezing rain and icy roads this morning has resulted in some school closing for the day, while other districts are still scheduled to hold classes after a two-hour...