LAKE LILLIAN - An open house in honor of Hanson Silo Company’s 100th anniversary will take place from noon-7 p.m. June 16 at their site at 11587 County Rd. 8 S.E. Tours will be given and crews will be working to demonstrate construction of concrete products. Visitors will be able to powder coat, bake and take home metal items made in the company’s metal fabrication plant.
NEW LONDON — A proposed transgender inclusion policy, which has undergone three revisions so far following strong public opposition, is on the agenda Monday night for the New London-Spicer School Board. The board is expected to take action on the proposal. Board Chairman Robert Moller has said that action could be a vote to approve or reject the policy or a vote to table the policy and send it back for further review. The district had been studying the issue for several months before having a first reading of the first draft of the policy March 14.
SPICER –– On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners agreed to let a nonprofit organization use a portion of the county parking lot in Spicer for three days in June for an obstacle course contest fashioned after the TV show American Ninja Warrior. The event will raise money for Grace Place, a nonprofit, faith-based residential program for women that opened a year ago in Willmar.
WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota will have to pay $37,305 in overdue property taxes on their office and ReStore building in Willmar because the organization failed to file its tax-exempt application on time. The mix-up was apparently the result of a series of missteps and miscommunication that will end up costing the nonprofit agency money that is not in its budget. Paying the taxes will be an “extreme hardship,” said Bruce Shuck, a member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, which helps provide safe, affordable housing to families. “It’s a w
NEW LONDON — A proposal to use the rooftop of the New London-Spicer elementary school to capture solar energy, which would be used to offset the district’s electric bill, was presented Thursday to the school board. Arvind Auluck-Wilson, from Energy Technology Innovations of Milan, said the 75,000 square foot roof at the Prairie Woods Elementary School would be a perfect location to install rooftop solar panels. He estimated using one-third of that space for solar panels would generate 360 kilowatts with an approximate value of $42,000 a year. “It would give you your own independent sou
NEW LONDON — A new partnership has been forged between the New London-Spicer School District and the state Department of Natural Resources that advances a project to extend the Glacial Lakes State Trail through school property. The NLS School Board unanimously approved the cooperative agreement at its meeting Monday night. “We think it’ll be a good partnership,” said Superintendent Paul Carlson. After getting $1.3 million in state funding in the bonding bill for the trail, the DNR has been working out the details of a route to create a five-mile-long branch of the trail from New London to S
NEW LONDON –– The undesignated general fund balance is inching upward for the New London-Spicer District, but it is a long way from the target level recommended by the district’s auditor. At its meeting Monday, the NLS School Board approved the 2013-14 financial report that shows the undesignated fund went from a negative balance of $58,000 in June of 2013 to $321,000 on the positive side a year later. The report from Abdo, Eick & Meyers LLC indicates part of the “swing” was because of an increase in special education funding. The board was cautioned to continue to “monitor its spending
SUNBURG — It’s a beautiful fall morning and Dean Shuck is itching to get on the combine to harvest beans. But instead he will be going to Willmar to attend at least two county committee meetings that are on the docket for the afternoon. Like it has been since Shuck began serving on the Kandiyohi County Board in 2002, farming is squeezed in around his busy county commissioner schedule. It’s a rare day when commissioners aren’t working on county business, but that pace of community service isn’t new to Shuck, who is seeking his fourth term on the board representing District 3, which includes
WILLMAR — Sitting at a dining room table with a stack of campaign materials by his side, Rollie Nissen has a bigger-than-life view out his window of the Eagle Creek golf course that’s in his backyard. Golfing is his passion, he said. But that passion has been temporarily put on hold while he campaigns for a seat on the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Nissen, of Willmar, is challenging incumbent Dean Shuck for the Third District commissioner spot.
NEW LONDON –– At the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street, the Flying Goose Quilt Shop has been –– literally and figuratively –– a cornerstone boutique for more than a decade that has helped make New London a destination shopping location. With more than 2,500 bolts of fabric in vibrant and seasonal colors, examples of quilt patterns with names such as “around the corner” and “firecracker,” and equipment that ranges from small “wonder clips” to the substantial Handi Quilter long arm machine, the Flying Goose is a one-stop quilt shop that brings seven or eight tour buses full of quilters t