Willmar City Officials have announced that the intersection of 7th Street and Park Avenue near the fairgrounds entrance will be closed Monday and Tuesday for utility work, weather permitting. Traffic will be detoured and signs put up will route you accordingly.

Minnesota’s Gray Wolf populations is holding steady, and healthy, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The annual estimate shows 2,655 wolves with 465 packs. DNR large carnivore specialist Dan Stark says long term trends show that the
wolf population in Minnesota is fully recovered.

Richfield artist Tim Turene won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp Contest with his painting selected from among 11 submitted to the DNR. Turene, a three time winner, will have his painting featured on the 2019 pheasant habitat stamp. The stamp validation for hunting costs $7.50 for pheasant hunters age 18 to 64. It is also sold as a collectible with money going to habitat management and protection. 2nd place in the contest was Ryan Stigman of Perham and 3rd went to Ed DuRosse of Roseville.

The West Central baseball Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the 2019 class. The Hall was started in 2014 as a collaboration between the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and the Willmar Stingers baseball team. The Hall of Fame covers a 45 mile radius of Willmar. Nominees must be a successful professional player, coach or manager, a successful Amateur, or a person who has been a longtime resident and a supporter and contributor
to baseball in the 45 mile area. Contact the Kandiyohi County Historical Society for info or to submit a nominee. All nominations must include a nomination form. The nomination
deadline is Friday October 26th.

With October approaching, thoughts turn to October Fest gatherings for many people. New York City heads the list of top 20 October Fest cities in the U.S. While no cities in MN made the top 20, two in Wisconsin did, Madison and Milwaukee, at #16 & #17. Attending an Octoberfest in Munich, Germany will set you back about $5,000.00 per person. In Munich in October, an estimated 1.98 million gallons of beer will be consumed, along with 700,000 whole roasted chickens, 60,000 sausages and 59,000 port knuckles. The economic impact on Munich comes to around 1.53 Billion dollars! CHEERS!

An accident Wednesday evening around 8:00 injured two people. A car driven by 59 year old Abdi Matan Mohammed off Willmar pulled out from a driveway at hit a car driven by 17 year old Emalea Edberg of Murdock. Both were treated at Rice Hospital in Willmar for non-life threatening injuries.

According to Court Documents, a woman in Willmar reported an alleged rape earlier in September. Police have arrested 31 year old German Tot-Che of Brooten in connection
with the case, and warrants are out for a 39 year old man and a 20 year old man. A 16 year old was also alleged to have been involved. Also involved in the incident, cocaine and meth, and pills. The woman, who got herself to Rice Hospital, had finger marks around her
neck and ankles according to police who talked to her. She gave detailed descriptions of the suspects and identified the 16 year old, as well as Tot-Che. Tot-Che is currently in the Kandiyohi County Jail with another court date coming up in October.

A two vehicle crash in Renville county Wednesday afternoon around 5 injured one person. A minivan driven by Sharon Stark, 72, of Buffalo Lake failed to yield at an intersection on highway 212 and hit a vehicle driven by 62 year old Carol Evenson of Bird Island. Stark was taken to the hospital in Hutchinson to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Olivia Police are investigating a fire that happened earlier in September as an arson. A camper sustained significant damage from the fire, which happened in the 2700 of Lincoln Avenue West. Investigators are asking the public for help with any information they may
have. Contact the Olivia Police Department or call the arson hotline number. Tips may remain anonymous.

Ridgewater College has suspended is football program for the rest of the season.College President Craig Johnson said that numbers of players on the team have dropped from 54 down to 22, with number dropping for a variety of reasons, including injury, dropping out of college and personal reasons among them.Johnson went on to say that the player’s safety is a top concern and with just 22 players left, they did not want to risk injury to any of them. The college is in the process of evaluating the future status of the football
program.

A motorcycle rider was seriously injured on highway 108 in Ottertail County when he hit a deer. The rider, 42 year old Nathan Brines, did not have a helmet on was taken to
the hospital in Fargo with life threatening injuries.

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