A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR, Minn. — A registered Level 3 sex offender convicted of molesting a child is set to leave prison Tuesday and move to a home in rural New London. But before that happens, Craig Allan Hargreaves, 49, will be in court Monday in Willmar for a hearing that could result in his civil commitment to the state's sex offender program as a sexually dangerous person. In 2010, Hargreaves was sentenced to 143 months in prison for molesting a 12-year-old boy during the summer of 2007.
WILLMAR, Minn.—Two men who played key roles at two separate area golf courses made their initial court appearances Wednesday, May 10, in unrelated cases alleging they stole from their employers. Phillip Andrew Sam, 31, of Coon Rapids, a former assistant golf pro at Willmar's Eagle Creek Golf Course, is accused in Kandiyohi County District Court of swindling nearly $90,000 from the business during a seven-month period in 2015.
NEW LONDON — Objections from several parents about the content of a book assigned to eighth-grade English students in the New London-Spicer School District could result in the removal of the book from the school's curriculum. Others who praised the book hope to keep it in the classroom. The decision to review the book will be up to the district's advisory committee, but at the very least, the school district will try to better inform parents when their children may be exposed to sensitive material. At issue is the book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."
WILLMAR, Minn. — After a cool, wet spring kept most farm implements inside the machine shed in April, farmers are out in force this week getting field tillage and planting underway. Statewide in Minnesota, 35 percent of the corn was planted. That's 16 days behind last year and eight days behind the average, according to the latest crop report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
WILLMAR, Minn. — About 50 farmers and community leaders from around the region met Thursday in Willmar to talk about issues affecting agriculture and rural communities. "Let your voices be heard," said Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, which is conducting 15 listening sessions around the state over a two-week period. Health insurance was a major topic of debate at this March 30 session in Willmar. Emily Piper, commissioner of Human Services, responded to questions about the high cost of health insurance.
NEW ULM, Minn. — The Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, which includes 15 west central Minnesota counties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday morning. The action was taken in response to 101 lawsuits filed against the diocese and some parishes in the diocese by victims and survivors of child sex abuse perpetrated by clergy. The diocese said financial reorganization was the "fairest way to resolve sexual abuse claims" and to carry out the mission of the church.
NEW LONDON — On a 5-2 vote Monday, as a crowd of more than 200 people watched, the New London-Spicer School Board tabled a proposed transgender inclusion policy. The vote...
NEW LONDON — A petition that opposes a proposed transgender inclusion policy in the New London-Spicer School District was launched this week by a group calling itself NL-S Safe. The...
PAYNESVILLE — As soon as the January sun popped out from behind the clouds, the green computer-generated graph line at Louis Industries soared up in a sharp peak. At the...
WILLMAR — Just nine months after the first case of bird flu was reported in Minnesota, resulting in the loss of 9 million turkeys and chickens, ground was broken Monday...