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.
BENSON, Minn.– Construction could begin this summer on a $4.5 million renovation of the historic Swift County Courthouse in Benson to increase security in courtrooms, reconfigure some department offices and update a myriad of maintenance issues that are decades overdue. On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Swift County Board of Commissioners agreed to have architects prepare bidding documents for the project.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Nebraska-based company said Thursday morning, Dec. 29, that its president, Daryl Ingalsbe, of Spicer, and Deb Solsrud of New London, were killed Tuesday in a plane crash near Inglasbe’s second home in Florida. In a statement, Independent Technologies, Inc. confirmed that Ingalsbe, 67, was killed in the accident. The company “suffered a tragic loss” when Ingalsbe died in a plane crash near his home in Spruce Creek, Florida,” the statement read.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A plane reportedly owned by a Spicer businessman crashed in a residential neighborhood in Florida Tuesday night, Dec. 27, killing both people on board. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, the 2009 single-engine Epic LT plane crashed in heavy fog just before 6 p.m. in a front yard in the Spruce Creek Fly-In community of Port Orange, Fla. The plane narrowly missed two houses.
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. -- After nearly 27 years of not knowing what happened to Jacob Wetterling -- the 11-year-old boy abducted on a dirt road in 1989 near his home...
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. -- On a 100-acre field where crops grew last year near Paynesville, thousands of metal posts are being pounded into the ground, tracker motors assembled and torque tubes...