34 year old Greg Scheel was given two consecutive life sentences yesterday in court in St. Cloud for murdering his grandparents last spring. Wilbert and Gloria Scheel were murdered in their Paynesville home last March. Scheel had pleaded guilty to the murders in court last August. He will not be eligible for parole until he is 94.

46 year old Ed Heckmaster of Hoffman was injured when his semi went off highway 55 near Paynesville and rolled late Wednesday afternoon. He was treated for injuries at the Paynesville Hospital.

Roadwork on highway 23 from north of Willmar to just east of New London is complete. The 2.2 million dollar project began with sidewalk, crossing and traffic signal work in Spicer last August. Paving followed. There is some striping left to do, that will be over the next
few days weather permitting.

A deer taken during opening weekend of the archery season in Southeast Minnesota tested positive for chronic wasting disease according to the DNR. The deer was taken about a mile east of Preston in the middle of the CWD management zone. The DNR reminds you that they have videos to help explain how to get a deer tested, how to quarter the deer, an remove lymph nodes. Go to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.


The Willmar lakes Area Chamber of Commerce voted to stay neutral on the proposed local option sales tax at their recently held board meeting. The board acted on a recommendation from the public policy committee, along with information provided by a membership survey. The chamber will assist with helping people understand the local option sales tax. Public open houses are coming up including Wednesday October 10th from 4-7 pm at the Community Center, and October 29th from 4-7 pm at the Civic Center. Call 235-0300 for more information.

The public is invited to attend the Barn Theatre’s annual Board of Directors meeting at the barn Theatre. The gathering will be held October 22nd at 6:15 pm. The theatre is located on 4th Street Southwest in Willmar. For information about the meeting, call 235-9500.

Anglers are reminded and encouraged to comment on the DNR proposal To open the South Dakota-Minnesota border waters to continuous fishing for walleye, bass and northern pike beginning in the spring of 2019. Lakes include Big Stone, Traverse, Mud and Hendricks. Also the Mustinka and Bois De Sioux rivers. The comment period will run through October 29th. Go to the DNR website to comment.

A barn fire took down one barn and did a lot of damage to another this past Wednesday night around ten, 7 miles northwest of Hector on 490th Street. Both structures were considered total losses. Fire departments from Hector, Cosmos and Buffalo Lake were on the scene, and they worked to save other buildings that were nearby. Lost in the fire were approximately 500 sows and 700 gilts. No foul play is suspected, and the investigation into the cause of the blaze continues.

68 year old Sue Dewald of Brooten was injured in a one car crash Wednesday night shortly after 10:30 after she hit 3 black cattle that were in the road. DeWald was driving on county road 18 in Stearns County north out of Padua. Her minivan was off the road and inoperable after hitting the cattle. The cattle’s owner, Ken Moscho of Sauk Centre said that several others were out of their pens as well and he was working on getting them rounded up. Dewald was taken to the Sauk Centre Hospital.

With still more reports of inappropriate spending by its former general manager, the elevator at Ashby has reopened its doors under a lease to the Wheaton Dumont Elevator company. The Ashby Farmer Co-op announced the lease deal after a board meeting this past Tuesday. Russ Dewey, President of the Ashby Co-op board said it was a “real kick in
the teeth” to the community after it had closed. Dewey will be handling day to day decisions.

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