Area residents are invited to Ridgewater College for an open conversation on voting and the factors that inspire or detract people from participating in the election process. Hutchinson’s campus will host the event on Tuesday October 16th at 5:30,  and the Willmar campus will be hosting at 5:30 on Wednesday October 17th. For more information, contact Jehana Schwandt, Ridgewater College Diversity Officer.

A Grove City Program that serves area senior citizens has been awarded a state grant after the Minnesota Department of Human Services initially had rejected an application for funding. State Representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City said that the Grove City Area Community Awareness for Reaching the Elderly had been told that the application for the live well at home grant had been denied. Urdahl expressed concern to the Department of Human Services and authored a house bill to remedy the problem. Last week the group in Grove City was told it would get the grant. A final dollar amount will be determined at a later date. The program serves people 60 & older in a one hundred square mile area.

Artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Walleye stamp this year from October 8th through the 19th•  Judging will take place October 25th at DNR Headquarters in St. Paul. Stamp proceeds help fund an account for purchasing walleye fingerlings used for stocking Minnesota Lakes. For contest information, log on at

On Saturday night, an accident in Atwater at the junction of highway 12 and county road 2 injured one person. A grain truck driven by 18 year old Natalie Barka of Litchfield pulled out in front of a car driven by 47 year old Melissa Sutlief of Browerville. Sutlief was taken to Rice Hospital with injuries. Barka was not hurt.

Last Friday around 3 pm, a 2 vehicle accident near the junction of county roads 82 and 56 injured two people. The head on crash sent Jean Erickson to the Alexandria Hospital. The other driver, Jennifer halter was airlifted to St. Cloud. The crash is still under investigation.

Kitchen Fire Safety, fire extinguisher demonstrations and much more will be taking place October 9th at the Willmar Fire Station during family night. The night will include informational displays and safety information, along with a chance to check out fire trucks and related equipment, a fire fighter gear demo, the life link helicopter display, and the 911 communication bus. The night is designed for parents and kids as an opportunity to think and learn about safety as the fall and winter seasons approach. Events begin at 5 pm with tacos in a bag served and will end with door prize drawings around 7 pm October 9th at the Willmar Fire Station


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