According to the MN. St. Highway Patrol, a semi rolled over yesterday around noon, injuring 26 year old Isidro Lopez of Willmar. Lopez was headed west on highway 23 near the county road 9 exit when the accident happened. Lopez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Rice Hospital in Willmar.

This past Monday night just before 10:30, the Lac Qui Parle Sheriff’s Office got an alarm call from the 200 block of 6th Avenue in Madison. Deputies saw that a glass door had been broken out. No one was found inside and as of now it isn’t known if anything was taken. The investigation continues.

According to a Chippewa County Court report, 46 year old Tamara Borstad of Appleton is accused of taking money from the Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo. Borstad, who began her job as administrator last November, was let go from the job this past June. She is accused of taking cash, and using a nursing home credit card with a dollar amount of over $38,000.00. The money was used for gambling at Casino’s in Minnesota. Another court date has been set for the 15th of October.

Highway 119 in Appleton was closed for over 2 hours last night due to a vehicle hitting a train. Tracks had to be inspected and the train moved. No other information has yet been made available.’


An accident Tuesday night sent 25 year old Greg Benedict to the hospital in Granite Falls with non-life threatening injuries. Benedict was headed east on County Road 38 when he hit a semi headed north on Highway 23 driven by 53 year old Jeff Olin of Marshall, who was not injured. A passenger in the Benedict car, Jordyn Crooke of St. Cloud was not hurt.

Ridgewater College has received a grant from the Southwest Initiative Foundation for early childhood career exploration. Ridgewater’s program always has participated in college-sponsored campus wide career explorations and this grant will allow program instructor Cindy Salfer to do additional outreach with the grant of $3,035.00. The grant will target high school students who’ve shown an interest in children by participating in child development classes. Grant supported events will give them more hands on experience with child care centers and help with options for early training.

The AGRI Livestock Investment Grant Program is now accepting applications. Area livestock producers and ranchers can get help with long term industry development to update, improve, and modernize operation infrastructure and equipment. This round of grants will have a $25,000.00 maximum per project. Local livestock producers can get more info by going to the Investment grant web page.

High school juniors have a chance to spend a week working behind the scenes at the Capitol in St. Paul as a legislative page. State Representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City reminds high school juniors that applications to the high school page program are now open for the 2019 session. The deadline is November 28th. Twelve week-long slots are available from earl February through mid-May. Stipends are available to help defray expenses. For more info log on at and click the high school page program link.

The library in Willmar will be busy tonight as they present an “author event”.  In conjunction with the St. Paul Public Library, a tour of Minnesota Book Award Winners will be in Willmar, including Jack EI Hai; Geoff Herbach; Wendy Webb and Diane Wilson. Readings and discussion will take place as a part of the “Moving Words” series. Writers and readers will have a chance to explore various themes together. The Willmar Public Library is located on 5th St. SW


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