An altercation in Willmar early yesterday morning resulted in the arrest of a 46 year old man. He’d been pounding on the door of a residence on 19th Avenue Southeast, and also reportedly threatened someone in the house and allegedly was armed with a steak knife. Police, who had been there a half hour earlier to handle a dispute over an eviction, took the man into custody. 25 year old Jordan Rollings of Mankato is facing charges that say he stole
and ditched a number of vehicles last June. Rollings was in court in Renville County after being charged with stealing a vehicle from a home in Franklin. He is charged with stealing vehicles in Redwood and Murray counties, as well as the Mankato area. He is also charged with theft, receiving stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

According to reports, the possibility is strong that a significant portion of corn and soybean producers in southern Minnesota could qualify for crop insurance indemnity payments. Much of the region dealt with planting delays last spring, then excessive rain during the growing season and severe storms toward the end of the growing season. Smaller yields could be common in part of Southern Minnesota, and that, along with price declines from crop insurance base prices on March first increases the likelihood of indemnity payments. Nationwide, the USDA is projecting record corn and soybean yields this year.

DNR small game hunter survey results are in and license sales last year were down about 4% compared to 2016. Duck licenses were down 6%, pheasant 32% down, Ruffed Grouse stayed about the same and Canada Goose licenses saw an 8% increase. The annual survey does not ask why hunters did or did not hunt.

 

Insurance rates for medical insurance for those that have to buy on the individual market will be going down next year. While the double digit percent price drops is welcomed, premiums are still too high for many people to afford. Minnesota has over 349,000 people without health insurance. Governor Mark Dayton, in a statement made recently, said that Minnesota tax payers cannot afford to keep footing the bill for big, wealthy insurance companies. The coming rate cuts were achieved in part by a $543 million dollar tax payer funded subsidy to health insurance companies.

A Minnesota survey done recently is showing that 74 of those responding support the state making investments in transit, including buses, trains and light rail. Support was shown across all parties, including 54 of Republicans, 92 democrats and 72 independents. A poll of 500 people was taken statewide by nationally known pollster group “Public Opinion Strategies”.

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