A crash Sunday afternoon injured 29 year old Kaafi Adeys of Sauk Rapids and a passenger, 27 year old Mursal Shire of Waite Park. Adeys was turning at the intersection of highway 12 and county road 5 when hit the railroad crossing arm. An investigation is underway and according to the police report, a controlled substance may have contributed to the crash.

Yesterday afternoon around 5:30, Renville County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two vehicle accident north of Hector at the intersection of county roads 2 and 16. 21 year old Uriel Resendez of Buffalo Lake did not stop at the controlled intersection and hit a vehicle driven by 60 year old Doug Raitz of rural Hector. Both men denied any medical attention.

An accident yesterday morning just before 1 am injured two people after their car hit a deer on U.S. Highway 59 in Yellow Medicine County. The driver, 41 year old Salvador Pena of Fulda swerved to miss the deer and ended up rolling the car. Pena and 33 year old Kimberly Remer of St. Paul were taken to the Granite Falls Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Willmar City officials have announces that the intersection of 7th street and park avenue near the fairgrounds entrance will be closed today for utility work, weather permitting. Traffic will be detoured and signs put up will route you accordingly.

The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meet today at the Health and
Human Services building. Following the Human Services meeting at 9, the board convenes for a public hearing on the Eagle Lake Sewer Ordinance. There’ll be a resolution to adopt
and implement the NFCR Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan, along with a highway 212 coalition request. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, slightly more Minnesota children received vaccinations for the flu last season as compared to previous years. Around 62 of Minnesotans from ages 6 months to 17 years old were vaccinated. Health officials remain concerned that too many children are still not  vaccinated. The U.S. Government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of the flu and its
complications last winter, the highest death toll in the last 40 years.

A section of US Highway 71 north of Willmar will be closed today for up to 5 hours while crews install rumble strips and do striping. The section closed will be from the 71/23 split north of Willmar, to County Road 27. The detour will on county roads 27 and 9.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department, credit card skimmers were found on two gas pumps at the St. Augusta Mini Serve. The skimmers were on pumps closest to county road 7, and neither employees nor customers noticed them or the broken security seal on the pumps. It’s not known how long they’ve been there, but one person a credit card being compromised. The skimmers may have been blue tooth capable, meaning the crooks could download info from credit cards without removing the skimmers. Anyone who has used pumps at the St. August Mine Serve within the past month should check their credit card statements for suspicious activity.

Litchfield Police arrested a 29 year old man from Hawick Sunday on 5th degree possession of controlled substance, driving after revocation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a pending DUI! He’s being held in the Meeker County Jail pending a court appearance.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension, has confirmed a new Palmer Amaranth infestation in a soybean field in Redwood County. A farmer noticed the weeds and genetic testing confirmed it. Palmer Amaranth is highly invasive and other fields within a 5 mile radius have been looked at to see if it is spreading. Officials are optimistic that the infestation is confined to a small area. The weed was first discovered two years ago in yellow Medicine and Lyon Counties. They can grow 2-3 inches a day and can reach heights up to 8 feet with a single plant producing up to a half
million seeds and has been resistant to multiple herbicides.

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council is offer an informational session in Willmar tonight. The meeting will be held at the Barn theatre on 4th St. SW in downtown Willmar from 5:30 until 7:30. You’ll be able to learn more about grant programs for schools. Organizations and individuals and gather info about the grant process. There is no charge to attend the meeting tonight, which begins at 5:30.

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