A truck-train accident last evening took the life of a 79 year old man. The man was driving a semi rig hauling beets when he was hit by a train around 6 pm at the Kandiyohi-Chippewa County line/highway 23 area just west of Raymond. The beet hauler was headed south, approaching highway 23 when the accident happened.

Fire caused damage to a grain dryer on 555th avenue in the Cosmos area this past Saturday around 4 pm. The dryer sustained minor damage, and there were no injuries.

76 year old Ron Olson of Canby suffered non-life threatening injuries when the semi rig he was driving went into the ditch and rolled. The accident happened around 4:20 am Monday morning as he was approaching highway 67 and was going too fast to stop at the stop sign. Olson lost control and the semi ended up rolling in the ditch. He was taken to the hospital in Marshall for treatment.

Litchfield Police arrested a 30 year old homeless man on Saturday on a number of charges. The man was taken in for domestic assault, disorderly conduct, damage to property, possession of drug paraphernalia and felon in possession of a firearm. He’s being held in the Meeker county jail.

34 year old Greg Scheel will remain in prison for the murder of his grandparents and will not go to court in Chippewa or Kandiyohi County according to officials. Motions dismissing other charges unrelated to the murders were filed by prosecutors.

Scheel will be in prison with no chance of getting out until he is at least 93 years old, and officials said that bringing him to court could give him a chance to try to escape. Scheel is serving two consecutive life sentences.


A Candidates forum will be held today at the Conference Center in Willmar. The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will host candidates for Kandiyohi County Sherriff, Eric Holien and Greg Stehn. Also, board of Commissioner Candidates from District one, George “Corky” Berg and Dale L. Anderson, and district 3 candidates Bruce Shuck and incumbent Rollie Nissen. Lunch will be served at 11:30, followed by comments and a question and answer session. Cost for the event is $15.00. Contact the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber to RSVP.

The personal finance website Wallet hub has released its 2019 Best College and University rankings in Minnesota. Carleton College tops the list followed by Macalester and St. Olaf. The U of M Twin Cities and U of M Morris round out the top 5. Also making the top ten were St. Ben’s, followed by Augsburg, St. John’s, Hamline and St. Catherine. The survey was based on 30 key measures in 7 categories.


Fire destroyed a shed near Paynesville on highway 23 Sunday around 3:30 pm. The shed, 40′ by 60′ in size had a boat and motor, ATVs, tools, fish houses and related fishing gear, waterfowl decoys and more. Cost of the contents alone that were lost totaled around $40,000.00. A lawn mower that was used earlier in the day may have been the cause of
the blaze. The shed was owned by Jeff Thibodeau of Paynesville.

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