A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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SPICER, Minn. — A historic Spicer community landmark that operates as a restaurant and bed and breakfast on the southeast shore of Green Lake is closing and is for sale. The change could bring an end to the 123-year ownership of the Spicer Castle by the family of the man who built the structure and helped found the town that bears his name. "This is the last season the Spicer Castle will be open," said Mary Latham, a fourth-generation member of the John M. Spicer family who has owned the classic old lake home since 1895.
SPICER, Minn. — Artwork for a new speciality Minnesota license plate honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty was created by Spicer artist Michele Steffen. The new plate will be available soon through state Driver and Vehicle Services offices. Money raised through the additional license plate fees will help support families of Minnesota's fallen officers.
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. — The grandson of a Paynesville couple found dead Thursday in Kandiyohi County has been arrested for second-degree murder in their deaths. Gregory Allen Scheel, 33, of Paynesville, is currently in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail in Willmar. Initially held Thursday on a probation violation warrant, he was arrested for second-degree murder Friday, according to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office and the Paynesville Police Department. He had been living with his grandparents.
RAYMOND, Minn. — After explaining how technology-driven, prescription fertilizer methods make economic and environmental sense because fewer chemicals are applied to farmland, Noah Hultgren invited Matt Dean to climb into the cab of a John Deere combine. Even though there was too much snow to harvest corn and the combine was in a heated shop, Dean got the rundown on how the mammoth machine operates and then followed Hultgren outside to see a grain dryer that was reducing the moisture content of already harvested corn.
SPICER, Minn. — A dime-sized hole in a slender copper pipe could be the culprit in a 1.4 million-gallon loss of drinking water every month in the Green Lake Sanitary...
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The snow that hit the state last week led to a deadly weekend on snow-covered, icy Minnesota roads and numerous crashes on city streets and county roads...
GROVE CITY, Minn. — Students and staff in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District are mourning the loss of high school senior Zach Junkermeier, who was killed Tuesday in an avalanche in Montana. Junkermeier, 18, of Lake Lillian, was snowmobiling with friends — including others from the Atwater and Lake Lillian community — when he was swept away by an avalanche near Cooke City, Mont. “Today is the day everybody’s numb and in shock and at a loss for words,” said Superintendent Sherri Broderius. “Students don’t know what to do. Teachers don’t know what to say.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A statewide homeless coalition with roots in west-central Minnesota wants the Legislature to approve $100 million in bonds this year to build affordable housing. The money is needed to ensure stability in families, schools and communities, said Rhonda Otteson, southwest regional coordinator for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. Otteson is based in Willmar. Gov.