There is no word yet on the identity of the body found east of Willmar on Wednesday afternoon. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office hopes to have preliminary autopsy results today. Deputies were called out to the area of 8th Avenue Northeast and 49 Street Northeast shortly before 3:30 Wednesday afternoon where the body was found. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s office is determining the cause of death.

42 year old Amy Monson of St. Paul was in court in Willmar yesterday where she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of 3rd degree tampering with a witness. That was a reduced charge from felony first degree tampering.She allegedly had sent a threatening message to a man who had been charged on firearms charges. Monson will serve a year probation, having already served jail time.

Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit Tuesday afternoon around 1 :15. Deputies stopped the chase after about 5 minutes due to safety concerns.
The incident, on county road 8 near 45th Av. SE saw speeds estimated at over one hundred miles per hour. There were no injuries and no property damage. The incident is under investigation.

The Minnesota Department of Health recently awarded a series of grants to towns across Minnesota to cover the costs of buying new drinking fountains with water bottle filling stations. Recipients include schools, libraries, non-profit groups and more. Local schools receiving money include Benson, and New London-Spicer.

Criminal sexual conduct charges have been filed against 3 Willmar men accused of gang rape. The 3 include Jesse Lopez, Omar Chavez and Sergio Leiva. The 3 were 16 & 17 years of age when the alleged rape occurred in June of last year. The girl was 14. She said she had been walking home when they approached in a car. They took her to a home and provided alcohol before the alleged incident occurred. Courts date coming up for the 3 will be held this month and next.

A driver in Lake Lilian called the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office yesterday shortly after 10 am to report that they’d run a stop sign and hit a pedestrian. The accident happened on county road 8 and 195th st. SE in Lake Lilian. The pedestrian was not hurt. The State patrol was called out to an accident on highway 78 near Battle Lake yesterday afternoon around 2:45.

44 year old Ben Erholtz of Morris suffered non-life threatening injuries. He went off the road with his pickup and hit an approach, sending it airborneĀ and landing on its driver’s side after rolling end over end. Erholtz was taken to the hospital in Fargo to be treated for injuries.

Highway 28/Minnesota Avenue in Glenwood is now open to all traffic as the final detour has been removed. The road had been closed since this past spring as part of a resurfacing and reconstruction project on highways 28, 29 and 104 through Glenwood. There is some final striping and cleanup work still going on.

The Minnesota board off Animal Health is reporting a Stearns county turkey flock with H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza, much like the flock in Kandiyohi County that had been reported a few days ago. This is not the same strain that impacted the state 3 years ago and does not pose a public health risk or food safety concern.


The City of Willmar’s Brush and Compost site will be closed for the season on Saturday November 17th. Call 235-4252 if you have any questions. The Kandiyohi County Landfill north of Willmar accepts brush and leaves at no charge. They are open from 8-4 weekdays and 8 until noon Saturdays.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation this week released its 2019 through 2028 capital highway investment plan, detailing the agency’s planned investments on the state highway network. The plan identifies over 760 pavement projects and almost 380 bridge

Commissioner Charlie Zelle says Minnesota has the 5th largest road network in the country with over 12,000 miles of state highways. The ten year plan includes finishing off highway 23 to make it a four lane highway from Willmar to St. Cloud.

Ice fishermen who enjoy a trip to Lake Mille Lacs will be able to take one walleye from the lake this season. The DNR reported this week that one walleye from 21-23 inches, or one over 28 inches may be kept starting December first with no bait restrictions. According to the lakes population estimate, walleyes 14″ and bigger number 727,000. Up from 250,000 just 4 to 5 years ago.

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