A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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NEW LONDON — Residents in the New London-Spicer School District are being asked for their advice on where to tighten up the budget and potentially expand revenues through a voter-approved operating levy. The district has had budget deficits for the last two years and used money from the reserve fund to cover the shortage. But that fund balance has "been dwindling," said Superintendent Paul Carlson. "We can't keep the current spending."
LAKE LILLIAN – A home in rural Lake Lillian was destroyed in a fire Wednesday, leaving two people homeless. The fire was reported at around 12:30 p.m. by a passerby who noticed smoke coming from a tree-covered residence located in the 12100 block of 154th Avenue Southeast, which the lake road on the northside of Lake Lillian.
NEW LONDON — Preparations are being made for a changing of the guard in the New London-Spicer School District. After 34 years in education, including 23 years as NLS superintendent, Paul Carlson is retiring at the end of June. His replacement, Bill Adams, takes over July 1 as NLS superintendent.
NEW LONDON – Two men were airlifted from the scene of a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon north of New London. Their injuries are life-threatening, according to the State Patrol. The accident was reported at 12:25 p.m. on state Highway 23 near 115th Street Northeast, located between New London and Hawick.
ST. PAUL — Legislation to rename a portion of Highway 23 in Kandiyohi County in memory of New London serviceman, Ryane Clark, was unanimously approved by the Minnesota House of Representatives Sunday. The bill has already passed the Senate and now heads to Gov. Tim Walz for his signature. Clark, a 2007 graduate of New London-Spicer High School, was killed in action in Afghanistan on October 4, 2010. The bill designates a portion of Highway 23 between New London and Spicer, as the "Ryane Clark Memorial Highway."
KERKHOVEN – A Canadian truck driver was injured Sunday afternoon when the semi he was driving rolled on a rural highway in Chippewa County. The incident was reported at 4:26 p.m. on state Highway 40 in Grace Township, southwest of Kerkhoven. According to a report from the State Patrol, a 2016 Freightliner semi driven by Satinder Palsingh Brar, 33, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was traveling east on Hwy 40 when it lost control, went into the ditch and rolled.
WILLMAR — Nobody sets out to deliberately kill their community. Seriously, who would? But government leaders, business people and plain, ordinary folks talking smack at the coffee shop could be doing just that. In a presentation Thursday afternoon at the Willmar Conference Center, Doug Griffiths told a full house about the 13 ways communities can die at the hands of people who at the same time wonder why their town is dying.
BENSON — Motorists on Highway 9 north of Benson will encounter a road closure because of a semi rollover. The accident occured near mile marker 39, which is just north of town. According to the State Patrol, traffic is being routed around the crash until the semi is moved from the site, which is expected to take 3-4 hours. The road will reopen once the semi is cleared.
WILLMAR — Jason Duininck has 20 jobs available right now at Duininck Inc. for applicants with a commercial driver's license. He's concerned those jobs may not be filled. His company is not alone. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, in the next decade central Minnesota is projected to have just over 4,000 job openings to fill — a combination of new positions and departing heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. The 13-county region included in DEED's data stretches from Pine County to Renville County.
WILLMAR — Plans to open a large day care center in the Green Lake Mall in Spicer have been launched in an effort to address the unmet needs for child care in Kandiyohi County. Pending fundraising efforts, the center could be open this fall and provide enough space for 90 children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years. That would be a start in efforts to fill a gap in child care services in Kandiyohi County, said Jenny Holweger, executive director of the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA.