There were "tears of joy" Friday celebrating the safe return of Jayme Closs of Barron, Wisconsin. Jayme and her parents, James and Denise Closs, are members of the Jennie-O Turkey Store community, which is headquartered here in Willmar. Word spread quickly through the Barron community, across the Midwest and nationally Thursday evening that Jayme had been found alive in a northwestern Wisconsin community and was in the security of law enforcement.
State Sen. Jerry Newton, DFL-Coon Rapids, questions the $32 million state allocation towards the construction of veterans homes in Montevideo, Preston and Bemidji in a recent Star Tribune op-ed piece. He asks Governor-elect Tim Walz to create a committee to determine if the homes are needed. Much of his underlying argument is metro-centric. He points out that Hennepin County is home to 59,000 veterans with a facility to house 350 veterans, while Chippewa County is home to 857 veterans (with no such facility).
With the start of the new year, various government entities will be reorganizing next week with returning and new officials. One of the significant changes will be the number of local officials who are leaving their public service role - some with decades of service. The dedication, knowledge and experience of these public servants will be missed. Kandiyohi County Board
The Bush family and America bade farewell to President George Herbert Walker Bush this week, the patriarch of his political family. It was fitting to honor this former president and military veteran who faithfully served his country in multiple occasions. Bush 41, like many of his generation, answered their country's call following the famous attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago today. Upon his 18th birthday later, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, quickly earned his wings and became one of the youngest pilots in the U.S. military service.
Tuesday is Election Day in west central Minnesota and the rest of America. The most important role of citizens is to vote. Quite simply, your vote matters. Here is a summary of the West Central Tribune's Editorial Board endorsements for the 2018 election City of Willmar Local Option Sales Tax: Willmar city voters have an opportunity to "Invest in Willmar" by voting yes on the proposed local option sales tax question on Nov. 6.
Voters in the Willmar School District face two questions on their Nov. 6 ballots: renewal of a portion of the 2008 operating levy and the election of three individuals to the school board. Both are critical to the future of this school district and its students. Operating levy question
For once, it has been a rather quiet election season in the region, with neither District 17 House race drawing much attention from outside political action committees. While the candidates have some differences on policy, they all have been relatively cordial and respectful of each other. It has been frankly a refreshing campaign among a politically hateful campaign elsewhere this year. House 17B
Voters in Kandiyohi County’s First and Third Districts will go to the polls on Nov. 6 to select their next commissioners. Both seats had primaries with multiple candidates in August. Two candidates in each district have advanced to the November election. First District