Motorists on highway 28/29 in Glenwood will see a new detour beginning Monday as crews begin removing pavement, and replacing sidewalks and utilities. This is the 4th phase of the Glenwood Complete Streets project and hopefully will be finished in around 3 months weather permitting. Detour signs will set up and there will be some parking restrictions.

The Better Business bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota has noted an increase in phone calls to the public over the past couple weeks concerning people claiming to be the IRS and asking for money. People are told that they owe and it must be paid immediately. The BBB says that the IRS never makes calls demanding payment. The IRS form of contact is through the mail. You’re urged to hang up on the call and contact local authorities.

A Stearns County Business has paid a $49,325.00 penalty for hazardous waste violations and wastewater discharges into a nearby wetland and Spunk Creek according to the MPCA. EnTrans International, headquartered in Tennessee and with a facility in Holdingford paid the penalty, and is correcting a number of other issues including labeling and storage, recording keeping and inspections.

Juana Jose Larios, arrested last May, was sentenced earlier this week in Willmar on a felony forgery charge. The 21 year old will also be extradited to Nebraska to face criminal charge of taking her 3 kids after losing custody, and leaving the state. The 21 year old pleaded guilty recently in Willmar to forgery for signing a document under an assumed name. She has served time already in Willmar and will pay restitution as well as serve 3 years of supervised probation, in addition to be extradited to Nebraska.

According to Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish, a Renewable Energy work session was held at the Jim Falk seed farm north of Murdock. The event brought together farmers, clean energy experts and others to help people learn the ins and outs of wind and solar energy and energy efficiency. The work session was one of 5 around the state.

An event coming up August 13th at Little Crow Resort near New London will be designed for the progressive farmer. The Talent and Technology event will be a two part event, valuable to not only area farm managers, but for businesses seeking tools for recruiting and retaining workers, along with an inside look at farm operations. For more info contact the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic development commission.

Willmar police responded to an attempted abduction call Wednesday at a Willmar business. A 74 year old man is now in custody after allegedly trying to pull a young girl into a bathroom around 5pm Wednesday. A witness saw what was happening and intervened. The suspect then left but was apprehended in the parking lot. Police report the incident happened in the 2500 block of south first street.

Meet the candidate forums will be held in August by the Willmar area League of Women voters, at the Willmar Municipal Utilities meeting room. County Commissioner candidates for districts one and three will be heard on August 2nd at 7pm.

August 9th at 6:30 Willmar mayor candidates will be featured, followed by candidates for the Sheriff’s position at 7:45pm. The primary election is August 14th with the top 2 vote getters advancing to the general election November 6th.

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