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Carolyn Lange

Reporter

After initially working in broadcast news, Carolyn Lange has spent the majority of her nearly 40-year career in print journalism and photography.
She lives on a farm in rural New London, where she raises chickens and maintains ridiculously large vegetable gardens.

RJ and James Orsten, two brothers who raise cattle north of Willmar under the name Cardinal Creek Cattle Company, are trying to get the message out that they are looking for land to rent and that they do, indeed, know what they’re doing.
A Craftsman-style bungalow built in 1910 in Bird Island has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Owned by the Bird Island Cultural Centre, the structure earned the spot on the list in April. After expected repairs are completed, it's hoped the building will be open to the public within the next two years.
Built around 1858, the Endreson cabin has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. Located north of Willmar the cabin is one of the county's oldest existing buildings — still on its original site — with strong historical links to the events of the War of 1862.
A research study that will look at how genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors affect Minnesota families is underway. The goal is to have 10,000 Minnesota families enrolled in the multi-generational project, representing urban and rural communities.
With people translating information given first in English into three additional languages, a meeting Sunday evening in downtown Willmar addressed myths and misinformation making some people hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While there were numerous questions asked about the safety of the vaccine, at least half of the 90 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine available Sunday were administered.
A fire over the weekend in Albany Township burned a pasture and swamp. The fire was caused by a woman cooking maple syrup outdoors. The fire was extinguished and the woman issued a citation.
An 82-year-old Belgrade woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash after her vehicle collided with a semi Friday morning, five miles south of Belgrade on U.S. Highway 71. The highway has reopened.
According to the State Patrol, Aileen Aguilar, 17, of Pipestone, was driving a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee westbound on Stearns County Road 146, failed to stop and collided with a 2016 Mack semi-trailer driven by Jeremiah Evan Andreoff, 43, of Cosmos, that was going north on Highway 15.
A fire Monday afternoon likely started when a welder was in use. About 30 calves were killed in the fire. Fire Departments from four towns were called to the scene.
The coronavirus pandemic has turned most families lives upside-down as kitchen tables are turned into classrooms for students doing distance learning, bedrooms are turned into offices for people working from home and grandparents are isolated from their loved ones in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Through it all, families are finding ways to stay connected and realizing that loving each other can be enough.