A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR, Minn. — Heavy rain and days of drizzle that blanketed much of western Minnesota earlier this month created muddy fields that kept most farmers inside doing paperwork instead of field work. That changed this week as sun and wind started to dry out fields, allowing farmers to get equipment moving in corn, soybean and sugar beet fields. Compared to the five-year average, harvest of all three crops is behind schedule. With a stretch of good weather ahead, farmers are hustling to make up for lost time.
WILLMAR, Minn. — 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, June 12, 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.
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.
By Carolyn Lange / West Centrel Tribune About three months after a Pope County poultry farm was hit with the deadly avian influenza that resulted in the death of 15,000 commercial turkeys, barns there are once again being filled with new birds. The farm, which was the first in the state to get hit with the virus, is in the process of being restocked. The event marks a “new phase” of the response to the H5N2 high