Carlos Javier Miranda Martinez, 21, of Willmar was in court yesterday on charges of 2nd degree assault, fourth degree assault and false imprisonment, along with a driving while impaired charge. Martinez allegedly took 2 people on a wild ride while drunk and tried to run them over once they escaped. He had picked the two people up at Super America in Willmar early one morning this past March. Police found an empty rum bottle in the car after they caught him. Martinez also reportedly drank windshield wash fluid, was acting violently towards police and was taken, in restraints, to Rice Hospital and then on to the
Hennepin Co. Medical Center in the Twin Cities.

In an announcement made yesterday, Carris Health, and Avera Marshall have plans to integrate the Carris Health Clinic in Marshall, and the same day surgery center, into Avera Marshall. A letter of intent has been signed by the two. Details have to be finalized before anything can happen. Carris health is the new regional system operating with Rice Hospital in Willmar.

Willmar Police report that a person attempted suicide yesterday morning in the 3000 block of South First Street. Police were called around 8:45 am to the parking lot where a person was found with a gunshot wound. The man was transferred to St. Cloud with serious injuries.

The City of Willmar will be holding a public input meeting to discuss the 2019 Budget. The September meetings will be held in the Fire Station Training Room. September 18th, Fixed Operating vs. flexible Operating Costs.  September 25, Total Operating and Capital Improvement Summary. The public is encouraged to attend any or all of these meetings.  Call 235- 4913 for more information.

The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will host an informational meeting regarding International Trade and the Impact of Tariffs. Suzanne Cormie, acting Consul General of Canada, and Jeff Phillips, International Trade Manager for the MN Dept. of Agriculture are schedule to speak. The event is Thursday the 20th at 7 am, beginning with a breakfast, at the Conference
Center in Willmar. RSVPs for this event, open to the public, should be made by contacting the Chamber office in Willmar by Sept. 18th

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering free in person grant information sessions this fall. There’ll be an overview of all grant programs for organizations, schools and individuals about the process as well as a chance to have questions answered. A session in Willmar will be held on October 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30 that night at the Barn Theatre in 4th Street downtown.


According to a recent West Health Institute/NORC survey, 75 of Americans consider the prices of prescription drugs in the United States to be unreasonable. And, those surveyed said that neither President Trump nor Congress get high marks from the public for their handling of the issues despite promises to fix the problem. 82 said they’d rather see Medicare handle the drug price negotiating, and 88 said reducing high drug costs should be a major priority for those in or wanting to be in office.

The Kandiyohi County Commissioners meeting this morning at the Health and Human Services Building. Grant agreements with the MPCA and the Office of Traffic Safety are on the agenda, as well as discussing steps to be taken for the North Fork One Watershed One Plan. The Eagle Lake Sewer District Ordinance will be discussed. Meeting time is 10 am, with the Human Services Committee leading things off at nine.


Litchfield Police arrested a 61 year old Litchfield man early Sunday morning for 4th degree DWI, driving after revocation, 5th degree possession of a controlled substance, open bottle, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s being held in the Meeker County jail. The incident happened around 1:30 Sunday morning.

With the holiday season approaching, Target Corporation says they expect to hire 120,000 seasonal workers, a 20 increase from last year. They also plan to double the number of temporary workers dedicated to fulfilling online orders over the holiday season. The company says they’ll start with an hourly wage of $12.00, and offer various discounts, in addition to setting aside $2 million for rewards to seasonal workers through an appreciation program.

The bad play of the Minnesota Viking special teams Sunday at Green Bay maybe upset some people in Willmar. Willmar police were called out to the 1300 block of 19th Avenue SE where an  intoxicated person was yelling loudly at the football game on TV and had thrown pizza on the floor. And police were called to an incident on Sunday evening in the 400 block of Lakeland Drive SE in Willmar, where they arrested a 19 year old woman after she assaulted an officer.

Stearns County Officials released the name of the 4 year old girl who was saved from drowning this past Saturday at Quarry Park near St. Cloud. The girl, Hazel Dobbs, was saved by other swimmers and was taken to the hospital in St. Cloud where she is in critical condition.

Country music superstar Garth Brooks will be in concert at this year’s national FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Brooks will take the stage on October 24th. Tickets will only be available to registered attendees of the convention. Brooks said that “this will not be a concert, it will be a party!” He went on to say that he’s always wanted to play the convention, and that he “loves the FFA, and its mission.” The convention draws more than 65,000 attendees annually and is one of the largest student conventions in the world.

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