Motorists traveling on Minnesota highways need to be aware of large farm equipment taking crops to market, grain elevators and processing plants according to the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation. Harvest season is underway and will get busier, meaning large, heavy and slower equipment on our roads. From 2015 to 2017, there were 6 deaths and 386 crashes involving at least one farm vehicle. Factors in the crashes included being distracted, speed, alcohol and overly tired. Pheasant hunters looking forward to the coming season should see a few more birds this year. The DNR says central and western Minnesota roadside surveys shows an increase in pheasants of 19. Kandiyohi, Pope, Big Stone and Stevens Counties show fair hunting prospects while southern Chippewa and Lac Qui Parle, and a lot of Yellow Medicine Counties show good hunting prospects. Good means more than 49 birds per square mile, fair meaning 25 to 49 birds per square mile. Swift County showed fair hunting south of a line from the northwest corner to southeast corner. And poor hunting above the line. DNR officials were surprised at the bird count considering April had heavy snow and rain that can hurt the nesting season.
With a “click it or ticket” law enforcement campaign underway locally and throughout Minnesota, local police and emergency medical service staff are paying people to buckle up today! Local responders are handing out dollar bills to people arriving at local drive
through restaurants who are wearing seatbelts! The Kandiyohi County Traffic and Safety Education Team is coordinating the “buckle up for a buck” event with donated money. Local participating restaurants include Arby’s, both Burger Kings, Culver’s, Hardee’s and Taco Bell in Willmar the A & W Country Stop in New London. Many of the businesses also are providing coupons as well. Teams of responders will rotate through the restaurants today from 11 to 1.
Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmondson says there were several missed chances for quick answers in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling. He said that investigators had tire tracks, a shoe print and a tip that linked Danny Heinrich as the prime suspect that were not focused on. He went on to say that investigators chased far flung leads and conferred
with psychics instead of tracking evidence close to home. Files were released for the first time yesterday and the lead FBI agent on the case refuted claims made by Gudmondson. AI Garber said yesterday that he was shocked and sad about his comments. He went on to dispute the assertion that law enforcement didn’t communicate across agencies and jurisdictions well.
A two car crash injured 3 people yesterday in Chippewa County. A car driven by Sara Hankel of Clara City pulled out from county road one and into the path ‘of a minivan on highway 7 driven by Twyla Zaske of Renville. Zaske, a passenger, Lowell Zaske, and Hankel, suffered nonlife threatening injuries.
Highway 71 from state highway 9 up to Belgrade is done being re-surfaced. The road still has some permanent striping to be done, that’ll be done under traffic, weather permitting. The 1.6 million dollar project began this past September 4th.