The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Minnesota Job Match to host the Willmar Lakes Area Talent Exchange, an online platform for employers posting job openings and job seekers posting resumes. There’ll be a free workshop about the new statewide cutting edge matching technology Wednesday morning from 7:30-9am at the Willmar Conference Center. Today is the deadline to RSVP. Email

The 7th street railroad crossing in Willmar will be getting worked on beginning today, and 7th street will be closed. Earlier this year the Willmar City Council and Burlington-Northern Sante Fe Railroad came to an agreement on paying for the work. The crossing over recent years had gotten so rough that it was hard for many vehicles to safely navigate it.

An accident in Willmar Saturday morning around ten injured 56 year old Andrew Ryder of Willmar. Ryder’s vehicle hit a light pole and wound up on its top on south first near the Skylark Mall. He was headed east in the parking lot when the vehicle sped up and hit the pole. Ryder was taken to Rice hospital. Police say that wearing his seat belt more than likely saved him from more severe injuries.

Saturday afternoon around 4:20, a 23 month old girl was hit by a vehicle in the parking lot at Chippewa Park near Brandon. The driver, 32 year old Jason Borstad of Alexandria was pulling into a parking space when the little girl was hit. She was walking with her siblings and was pulled out from under the car by people who were nearby. She was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities.

An accident in Grant County injured one man on Saturday around 2:15. 82 year old Leo Riley of Morris pulled out onto highway 59 and into the path of a straight truck driven by Sherman Long, 60, of Hoffman. Long was not hurt. Riley was taken to St. Cloud with non-life threatening injuries.

The City of Olivia has a boulevard tree program underway. The city has purchased 21 trees to be planted this fall, and residents can sign up for one! They must be planted within the boulevard. Contact the Olivia city office to get a form to fill out.

Two people were arrested in Litchfield at a North Sibley Avenue location last Thursday before noon. A 54 year old man from Elk River was wanted on a Carver County warrant,
and a 51 year old woman from Dassel was arrested on Crow Wing and Hennepin County warrants. The two were arrested on drug and paraphernalia charges along with giving police a false name charge. They are being held in the Meeker County Jail.

Low Sauk River water levels led to a rescue near St. Martin by the Stearns County Sheriff and water Patrol Department, along with the St. Martin Fire Department last Tuesday. A caller reported that his wife and niece, canoeing on the river, had not made it to the pickup point at the pickup time, and after 2 and a half hours was unable to get them on a phone. Shortly after, the woman called the Sheriff’s office and said they were hung up in some tree branches and low water but wasn’t sure exactly where they were… Police used GPS coordinates after having the woman call the dispatch center and with the help off St. Martin Firemen, were able to rescue them.

A boat on the Mississippi River in St. Cloud with 5 people on it had to be rescued recently after getting hung up on rocks in shallow water just south of the 10th st. dam. Deputies and water officers tried pulling them off with a personal watercraft, which did not have enough power, and the two officers were flipped into the river. They call the DNR for a River boat, which was able to pull the boat and 5 people off the rocks, all safe and sound, except to the boats damaged prop, which won’t be seeing water anymore!

A Litchfield man, 27 year old Mike Holmes, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree arson charges and was sentence to 3 years, 3 months at the St. Cloud Prison. He was charged in the May fire at a Litchfield house, where he had intentionally lit a fire after an argument with his girlfriend.

A motorcycle-deer collision in Redwood County injured 66 year old Donna Neuman of Jackson. She was driving a trike motorcycle on highway 71 when the deer jumped out. She suffered non-life threatening injuries. The accident happened near Sanborn last Thursday afternoon.

26 year old Ryan Hurd of Litchfield was sentenced on a felony charge of controlled substance last Friday in Meeker County. Hurd will be in prison in St. Cloud for 5 years and 5 months. In the plea deal, Hurd pleaded guilty to drug charges with other charges being dropped. His home was searched in June of 2017 buy the CEE-VI drug and gang task force.

Last Friday just before 10pm, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office was called out to a 2 vehicle crash at the intersection of county roads 9 and 27. SUVs driven by Patricia Hoaglund of Kandiyohi and Brenda Gamradt of Sauk Centre collided. Those two, and a passenger, Michelle Engle of Villard were treated in Willmar for non-life threatening injuries. The crash continues to be investigated.

An incident of “swatting” may have occurred in Alexandria last Thursday according to Alexandria police. Swatting is when someone calls in about an emergency, usually involving a weapons threat and imminent danger to the public with a goal of having police and other respond to the location. In this case, a man called claiming he’d assaulted a female with a gun, but wouldn’t give much other information. The Douglas County Swat team was called out to get into the house. There were no reported injuries-and the investigation continues into who made the call.

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