21 year old Jesse Rhoades of Willmar was in court this past Monday on three felony charges including kidnapping, 2nd degree assault and intentional restraint. He is charged in an alleged kidnapping of a teen age girl in Willmar, cuffing her and choking her. The girl was able to get away after Rhoades unlocked the cuffs-she called her parents and police were called. The girl had known Rhoades and police were able to find him, along with evidence of the kidnapping, and made the arrest. He is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail with another court date coming up in December.

Rainy weather has postponed the road work on 19th Avenue Southwest in Willmar until Friday. Traffic will be detoured with work to be done from 22nd street to county road 5.

Candidates for Governor were in Willmar last night debating a number of issues. Republican Jeff Johnson and DFL candidate Tim Walz were on the Minnwest Technology campus covering issues like refugee resettlement, broadband, child care, affordable housing, taxes, health care and more. One of the men will replace Mark Dayton with the election less than a month away.


Roxanne Schmiesing and Chad Powers, teachers in the New London-Spicer School District, have won grant money that will allow NL-S to offer a class on becoming first responders and EMT’s. The grant was made available by The Voya Unsung Heroes awards program. The instructor’s won $2,000 as they were among the top 100 winners, then found out last Friday that they’d won the top prize of $25,000 when a Voya rep came to the school to let them know. The plan also includes teaching CPR and first aid for middle schoolers.

If you like seized and surplus property auctions, Saturday will be of interest. Stearns County will be selling items via auction that is surplus, and items that were seized after arrests were made. The auction Saturday will begin at 9:30 at the Stearns County Highway
Department, in Waite Park.


Today is International Walk and Bike to School Day. Over 200 Minnesota Schools and thousands of students will be participating. The day is designed for students and parents to develop and practice pedestrian and bicycle safety, and increase physical activity. Participants scan also join in Minnesota’s Walk to School Day photo contest by submitting photo’s to the MnSRTS facebook page.

The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting 3 meet the candidate forum lunches. Featured will be candidates for the Willmar Mayor and Council positions on
the 16th• Board of Commissioner and Sheriff Candidates on the 23rd and District 17B
House of Representative candidates on the 30th• Forums will at the conference center in gallery 7 beginning with lunch at 11:30 and candidates talking and answering questions from noon to 1 :30. The cost is $15.00 and registration is required. Contact the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce to register.

Producers who are enrolled in or would like to apply for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program have access to wetland reserve easements funds to help restore, enhance or construct a wetland on their property to benefit water quality. Participants can receive 100 of restoration costs and 100 of easement value while retaining ownership and control of access to the land. Local land owners should contact your local soil and water conservation district office for information and an application for the funding.

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