A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — Farmers and representatives from power cooperatives and ag-related agencies weighed in on the Senate's proposed farm bill during a meeting Thursday morning in Willmar with staff from Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office. Based on the questions and comments from the crowd of about 25 people, there appeared to be support for many of the provisions in the Senate bill, which is different from the bill that narrowly won approval in the House Thursday afternoon with only Republican votes.
SPICER — Kristene Foreman was busy folding napkins in the dining room and checking last-minute reservations Tuesday afternoon at the Spicer Castle. Since it was announced last month that the restaurant and bed-and-breakfast would close on Saturday, Foreman said there's been a flurry of phone calls as people try to squeeze in a final meal or overnight stay at the 123-year-old "castle" that overlooks Green Lake.
WILLMAR – It’s mid-June and most Minnesota backyard vegetable gardens are nothing more than a promise. But at a farmers market two weeks ago at the Kandi Mall parking lot in Willmar, there were heads of fresh lettuce, beets, carrots, radishes and long green cucumbers that were grown just down the road at the Larry and Mary Larson farm.
ST. PAUL – A Willmar man pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon in federal court in St. Paul to 18 weapons charges. Chad Lee Monson, 46, appeared in a hearing that lasted just three minutes, according to court documents. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported that bail was denied.
WILLMAR — Federal weapons charges have been filed against a Willmar man who had been set to face a jury trial on similar charges later this month in Kandiyohi County. Chad Monson, 46, made an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on 18 federal charges, including possession of machine guns, possession of machine guns with obliterated serial numbers, possession of unregistered destructive devices described as pipe bombs and possession of unregistered silencers.
WILLMAR — Heavy rains fell with car-wash force across west central Minnesota Monday, dumping 3 to 4 inches in some areas. The day-long rain caused storm water drains to back-up on city streets and filled farm fields with ponds. Outdoor activities, like community recreation classes were cancelled and the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center in Willmar closed during what would've been its first full day of the 2018 season. "We're trying to keep our head above water," said John Douville, Cosmos city administrator.
WILLMAR — The pager on Denny Jordahl's hip squawked out a rapid-fire message about an accident north of Pennock, but number 9514 on the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad took a pass on this call. After serving for 46 years, Jordahl — who is just a few days shy of turning 85 years old — earned the right not to hop in a rig and respond to this crash.
NEW LONDON — Fresh from winning the DFL endorsement for governor, Erin Murphy made a campaign stop Thursday afternoon in New London to hear concerns from voters and discuss her views for improving the state if she is elected. "I am excited to be here," Murphy told a crowd of about 80 people who sat outdoors at the Goat Ridge Brewery along the Middle Fork of the Crow River listening to what Murphy had to say. With five Democrats and three Republicans running for governor in a primary election Aug. 14 ahead of the Nov.
OLIVIA — Jose Acension Lopez, 21, of Olivia was arraigned Wednesday in Renville County District Court on three felony domestic assault-related charges. Lopez pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic assault, terroristic threats and domestic assault by strangulation. Lopez, who was convicted in two separate domestic violence-related offenses in 2017, is being held in the Renville County Jail on $75,000 unconditional bail and $25,000 conditional bail.
BENSON — The body of a missing fisherman, whose unoccupied boat was discovered over the weekend in a central Minnesota lake, has been found. According to the Swift County Sheriff's Department, the body of Ricky Longnecker, 60, of Appleton was recovered at around 12:05 p.m. Tuesday on the south side of Lake Oliver. The lake is located north of Appleton. Authorities had been searching for Longnecker since receiving a 911 call shortly before midnight Sunday after someone found his boat located on the shore of Lake Oliver. The boat was reportedly running at the time.