A highway 23 coalition general membership meeting will be held at 11:30 Friday the 26th of October at the Little Crow Golf Resort on highway 23 just outside of New London. The cost is $15.00 for non-members. RSVP by the 12th of October.

Town hall meetings concerning opioid use will be held on October 22nd and 29th. A panel will discuss drug trends, preventing drug misuse, and efforts to prevent addictions and overdoses. The meeting on the 22nd will be at the Willmar education and arts center at 6:30, and on the 29th at Prairie Woods Elementary in New London.

A rural southwestern Minnesota county is embroiled in the national immigration debate, pitting a sheriff’s detention practices against foreign born residents who claim their civil rights have been violated. The ACLU of Minnesota is suing Nobles County and its sheriff, Kent Wilkening, accusing him of exceeding his authority by unlawfully holding people suspected of violating immigration law.

A 2 vehicle accident injured one person Wednesday morning around 5:46, five miles south of Olivia. AN SUV driven my 26 year old Misty Brooks of Olivia was headed north on 350th st. when it collided with a sugar beet lifter being pulled by a tractor driven by 46 year old Marlo Macik off Hector. Macik was not hurt, nor was a 2 year old passenger in the Brooks vehicle. Misty Brooks had to be extricated from her SUV and was eventually flown to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.

A crash north of Willmar near the Sibley State Park Entrance injured two people yesterday morning at 6:45. A car driven by Becky Knutson, 57, of New London pulled out in front of a
truck driven by Bob Hegstrom, 17, of New London. Hegstrom and a passenger, Marcus Brideau were not hurt. Knutson was taken to St. Cloud with non-life threatening injuries. Another passenger, Scott Pinske, 18, of Spicer also suffered non-life threatening injuries.

A vehicle driven by a 37 year old man went into the ditch and rolled at the corner of State highways 9 and 104 by Sunburg late Wednesday. The man, who was taken to Rice Hospital, was arrested after the accident.

A 911 call to Douglas County reported a field fire on Cemetery road. Firemen from Osakis, Forada and Villard fought the fire that burned several acres of wetland. The fire started when the landlords combine ignited hydraulic fluid as he was harvesting beans. The combine suffered some damage as did a small park of the bean field.

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