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Carolyn Lange


After initially working in broadcast news, Carolyn Lange has spent the majority of her nearly 40-year career in print journalism and photography.
She lives on a farm in rural New London, where she raises chickens and maintains ridiculously large vegetable gardens.

A three-person dairy goat operation in Murdock uses goat milk to make hand-crafted soap and lotion to sell at farmers markets and craft shows. As the herd quickly grows, the partnership, which operates under the name C-R Farm, is preparing to take its business to the next level.
RJ and James Orsten, two brothers who raise cattle north of Willmar under the name Cardinal Creek Cattle Company, are trying to get the message out that they are looking for land to rent and that they do, indeed, know what they’re doing.
Former West Central Tribune reporter Carolyn Lange tried her hand at painting, with instruction from New London studio artist Kristin Allen. Allen teaches painting classes every Monday night, and drawing classes every Tuesday night at her studio, the greenwater garage + gallery in New London.
The woodshop at the Willmar Community Center is available for anyone to use for their own projects, and provides a warm, well-equipped shop in which to work during the winter, in addition to a cost-effective way of exploring a potential new hobby that gets people building something with their hands.
After the tragic loss of her youngest son, Andrew Hatlestad, Carolyn Lange is stepping away from her career as a journalist at the West Central Tribune and will help her husband, Phil Hatlestad, on their farm in northern Kandiyohi County.
A new “Freezer Meal Ministry” at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer aims to provide not only physical sustenance, but a deep sense of being loved by a caring community to those who are grieving, recuperating from illness or swamped with the demands of a new baby.
Winter will be celebrated in its full frigid glory the next few weekends during Spicer’s annual WinterFest. Due to COVID-19, event organizers curtailed some indoor events and are adhering to guidelines promoted by the Minnesota Department of Health for scheduled events.
The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra's winter concert, set for Sunday, Jan. 16, includes featured violinist Emma Andersen and a diverse collection of music that director Stephen Ramsey promises will provide an escape from the harsh reality of a cold winter.
As the MPTL celebrates its fifth anniversary, staff are keenly aware of the potential for a future widespread avian influenza, but hopeful that if on-the-farm safeguards continue to be followed — along with the well-equipped and well-trained laboratory — that diseases can be kept in check.
The MNyou Youth vegetable garden near Willmar is located on a scenic former horse pasture owned by Brent and Debbie Larson, just north of Willmar. Currently, about three acres of land is used for the gardens — with plans to expand and add another two acres next year by building terraces on the sloping hills.