NEW LONDON — As the story goes, New London’s notorious prankster lit the fuse on an empty — and totally harmless — stick of dynamite and threw it into the crowded pool hall. The previously lounging players madly dove under the billiard tables and screamed profanities, only to realize they’d been had when the dynamite stick fizzled and went out. Anecdotes like this 1960s-era tale could find their way into a script for a one-of-a-kind play about the 150-year history of New London that will be performed on the Mill Pond in July, at the peak of the town’s sesquicentennial celebration and communi
WILLMAR — Minnesota road construction and repair projects involve miles and miles of highways and hundreds of millions of dollars. The numbers can be so staggering, eyes start to “glaze over,” said Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl. But by breaking down the big dollar numbers into pennies, the picture becomes clearer. Printed on a laminated look-alike dollar bill, a simple document created by Kandiyohi County Public Works Director Mel Odens traces how much money each penny of the state’s gas tax raises and what it will buy. He wants to give the penny brochure to legislators to h
Snow shovels and sleds are on display next to spring garden seeds at Runnings in Willmar. With unusually warm temperatures, one might wonder if it’s really still winter. (TRIBUNE/Carolyn Lange)
WILLMAR — Two west central Minnesota counties are near the top of the list in the nation for recovering from the recession. According to a recent report from the National Association of Counties, Pope County and Stevens County — along with seven other rural counties in Greater Minnesota — have met or surpassed prerecession economic levels. The report, which measured recovery based on jobs, unemployment rate, economic output and home prices, ranked Minnesota as third in the nation for the number of counties that have recovered from the recession. There are 3,069 counties in the nation and 65
WILLMAR — The efforts of a rural Kandiyohi County man to develop on his family’s Colfax Township property into a private cemetery for veterans has come to an end. While fighting back tears Monday night at the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission meeting, Marlyn Marquardt said the county and township had “failed” him in his quest to provide a final resting place for veterans, like himself. “I have nothing to say to this county and this township anymore,” said Marquardt, who withdrew his request for a conditional use permit for a cemetery that could have accommodated the remains of about 1,700
WILLMAR — The service and the routes will stay the same, but next year the look of buses for Kandiyohi Area Transit and Renville County Heartland Express will feature the new name and logo of the soon-to-be-merged systems. Starting Jan.
WILLMAR — Two friends out for breakfast at the same restaurant where a man collapsed were described as “miracles” by the man’s wife. On Tuesday, the heroic actions of Justin Klein and Luke Cruze were celebrated during the Kandiyohi County Board meeting when the men received life-saving awards from the Sheriff’s Office and hugs from the man they saved. “I’ve never seen an angel before and here’s two of them,” said Mark Peterson, of Atwater, in a light-hearted moment after the brief ceremony at the Health and Human Services Building.