Willmar police report that two bogus one hundred dollar bills were used in Willmar on Monday night. In one incident, two men were reportedly trying to use a fake bill in the
1200 block of south first street. Another was used in the 800 block of Litchfield Avenue.

A small amount of money was stolen from the Willmar City Offices on 6th Street Southwest. The break in happened sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning according to the police report. There was damage to the buildings doors and some locked rooms and
cabinets were forced open as well.

With the election coming up in November, local option sales taxes will be on the ballot in some towns. The yes or no vote question will be on the ballot in Willmar and in Glenwood. One half of one percent would be the added tax if approved in each community, with money to be used for various projects.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office is looking into some swindling/fraud cases in the area. Reportedly, there are companies soliciting homes and business to have their driveways done with asphalt. They are making it look like they have left over asphalt from a previous job, then put down a thin layer and grossly over charge for it.The Yellow Medicine county sheriff’s office asks that you call them if approached by any of these companies.

State representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City and State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake have been recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities for their work and impact on the state’s environmental policy. Urdahl is chair of the Capital Investment Committee, helping craft bonding bills so cities can get grants and loan programs to upgrade water treatment facilities. Westrom, in the Senate, has strongly supported rural issues and has been instrumental in helping cities afford infrastructure upgrades. The two were honored July 26th at the Coalition’s 3 day summer conference.

The annual Minnesota FarmFest will be held next Tuesday thru Thursday at Gilfillan Estates outside of Redwood Falls. The annual event brings together farmers, agribusinesses, government and ag organizations from all over the state. Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish said that this years event falls at a crucial time with State Primary Elections coming just a few days after FarmFest. He’s urging people to come to FarmFest to visit with those running for office to find out where exactly they stand on various issues and policies.

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