The first northern pike state record in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources catch and release category has been recorded. Maddy Ogg, a member of the Women Anglers of Minnesota caught, and released a 43 & a half inch pike on Lake Mille Lacs October 6th• Mille Lacs has been gaining a reputation as a trophy pike lake with some fish
being recorded in the 40 plus inch size and weighing over 20 pounds. Minnesota has two kinds of state records: one for catching and keeping the biggest fish in each species based on certified weight, and the other for length of a caught. released musky, northern pike, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish.

Wildlife researchers with the DNR report that Minnesota Bear Hunters did not harvest any radio collared research bears in the recently completed season. While taking a collared bear is legal, it is discouraged. This season, which ran from the first of September through October 14th, was the first season in which no collared bears were taken. The DNR monitors about 30 bears around the state. Most of the collars have GPS and the bears can be tracked in near real time. Many of the bears this fall did some long distance travel, with some going from 90 to 100 miles outside of their home range, something they tend to do when natural food conditions are good.

Construction on 22nd St. SW in Willmar has been delayed and is now scheduled to begin Monday the 29th• A storm sewer project is being done, and the road will be closed through the 12th of November, depending on the weather. 22nd St. SW is the road that goes past the re-cycling center and the Stingers Ball Park.

Police responded to an incident at the Speedway Convenience Store just before midnight Wednesday. Two men who knew each other had been in the store arguing. They were asked to leave and once outside, one of the men pulled out a flare gun and shot at the other man, who was not hurt. The man with the flare gun fled. He has not been found, but police know who the person is.

56 year old George Kates of Redwood Falls was injured when the semi he was driving went into the ditch and tipped. Kates was on highway 29 yesterday morning when the incident happened around 6:45 near Forada. Kates was on a curve and the load shifted, tipping him into the ditch. He suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Zebra mussels have been found in Elkhorn Lake near Spicer according to the DNR. They were initially found on the northwest side of the 79 acre lake just off highway 23 south of Spicer. Then while searching equipment in the water on opposite sides of the lake,
more were found. 11 lakes in Kandiyohi County now have had zebra mussels reported in them.

The Montevideo City Council has called a special meeting for next Monday night at 7:00 in the council chambers at city hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the city manager employment and any other business that may come up.

An assault with a gun took place this past Wednesday afternoon over the noon hour on 617th Avenue in the Eden Valley area. Police learned that the victim had his gun taken from him by his adult son, who then threw the victim to the ground, put the gun to his neck and pulled the trigger. The gun jammed and did not fire. The son, 55 year old Tim Scholtes of Eden Valley fled, but was later arrested in Eden Valley without incident. He was taken to the Meeker County jail. The victim received minor injuries.

On Tuesday, the Brown-lyon-Renville county drug task force along with police in Marshall arrested, without incident, 3 people in connection with underage sex trafficking in the area. 55 year old Todd Roberts of Marshall, 55 year old David Onken of Hadley, and  29 year old George Croucher of Sioux Falls were jailed for being involved in the on-line solicitation of a female believed to be 15 years old.

Wednesday just after 4 am, the Meeker County Sheriff’s office was called out to a one vehicle accident at county roads 15 & 6. The driver, 20 year old Justin Simonson of Cokato went off the road and hit a tree. He was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in the Twin Cities.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow. Unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off with a deputy at the law Enforcement Center lobby on the north side of Willmar from ten until two. Also, the Sheriff’s Office has a permanent drop box in the lobby available to the public weekdays from 8 am-4:30 pm.


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