The Minnesota State Fair gets underway today and along with rides, food, exhibits, kids showing their livestock, and music, you’ll find the DNR with a number of events and things to see. The fish tank has been stocked, there’ll be park naturalist activities, and, new this year, a 40 years of snowmobiling program and exhibit. You’ll be able to learn about Minnesota’s more than 21,000 miles of interconnected trails. And if you’ve ever wondered about those camper cabins you see at state parks, there is one on display that you can go through at the fair this year. About 500,000 people visit the DNR’s State Fair Building and surrounding park area each year.

Local Sheriff’s offices are reminding students of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2018. The fund will award up to 15 six hundred dollar scholarships for this year. Students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges are eligible.For more info, log on at


Minnesota’s dairy community crowned its 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way last night—20 year old Rebekka Paskewitz of Browerville. She will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 3000 Minnesota dairy farm families. 12 county dairy princesses from around the state competed for the title. Locally, that included Katherine Gatkey of Richmond, representing Meeker┬áCounty, and Korissa Lindquist of Kerkhoven, representing Kandiyohi County. Paskewitz will have her likeness carved in butter today at the state fair; Gatkey will have that done on the 31st of August and Lindquist on Sunday September 2nd. They’ll all have turns sitting in a rotating cooler in the dairy building on the fairgrounds where the sculpting takes place.

Willmar police were involved in a chase Tuesday night around 11:45 pm after they tried to pull over an SUV on the south side of Willmar on First Street. The chase went out of town on 71 south, where the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department took over. The suspect went on county and township roads before driving into a corn field near Svea where the driver ran off. The suspect was not found. The State Patrol and Patrol Air-Wing division were also involved in the search.

If you’re a gardener who’d like to profit from your canning, the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture invites you to stop by their exhibit at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, where you’ll be able to learn about selling your home canned and baked goods. The MDA will explain how to get training and registration required to make and sell homemade foods in Minnesota. The exhibit is located in the north hall of the Agriculture/Horticulture building at
the corner of Underwood Ave. and Judson St. on the state fairgrounds.

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