The Midwest Medical Examiner’s office issued a preliminary autopsy report to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office last Friday, stating that the manner of death was homicide in the death of 24 year old David Medallin Jr. of Willmar. Medallin’s body was found shortly after 3 pm last Wednesday in a plowed field east of Willmar near 8th Avenue East Northeast and 49th St. Northeast. The Sheriff’s office is asking you to call them if you had any contact with Medallin, at 235-1260.

Emergency responders were called out to a farm a couple miles northeast of Franklin last Friday forenoon around 10 am. 47 year old Chad Noethe of Courtland had his arm get caught in a power take off. He had been freed from equipment before responders arrived. They took him to an area hospital with serious injuries.

58 year old Michael Juenemann of Granite Falls was in Renville County district court and found guilty of not filing tax returns. Juenemann is a professional tax preparer. He was convicted of 2 gross misdemeanor counts after originally being charged with 9. He’ll have to pay taxes, along with fees and fines and is now on 2 years of supervised probation.

Last Friday around 5:30 pm, emergency personnel were called to a farm 5 miles north of Albany where 60 year old Dale Zimmer of Albany had gotten a leg caught in a power take off shaft. His daughter called 911 and rescuers were able to free him. He was taken to the Hospital in St. Cloud with significant injuries.

Republican Candidate for Governor Jeff Johnson will be in the area today, stopping in Morris at the Old #1 at 12:15, the Bakery in Benson at 1 pm and in Willmar at the Foxhole Brewery at 2:15. Johnson began hitting up numerous towns in Minnesota yesterday. Other
Republican candidates as well as a number of Democratic candidates have been canvassing the state on the eve of tomorrow’s midterm elections.

The Willmar City Council meets today at the Health and Human services building with a work session at 5, and the meeting at 7 tonight. The agenda includes talk on property annexations, possible upgrades at the Flags of Honor Memorial Park, and a public hearing on the rezoning of several parcels of land along industrial drive. They’ll also consider a new bike sharing program.

The Benson city council meets at 5:30 this afternoon. They’ll hear an appraisal of real property of the former Benson Power Plant. A pool boiler replacement project and also hear from the Benson schools and a fire suppression pay request of $20,000.00.

With the election tomorrow, there are some area schools on the ballot including operating levies in the Willmar and BBE districts.  Also, ACGC and MACCRAY will have bond referendums for renovation and building projects.

With the election upon us, Minnesota’s 3 minor political parties are working together to try to climb back into being more relevant. A plan involving Minnesota’s Libertarian, Green and Independence parties has candidates on the ballot, with the Independence Party having a person in the secretary of state’s race, the Green Party with a U.S. Senate Candidate and the Libertarian Party with candidates for governor and state auditor. Independent Party Chair Phil Fuehrer said the 3 parties working together should, and will work for at least of couple of the parties-going on to say that 3rd parties offer relief valves in tense times, and with people not happy with the old school two party system that has been failing for the past number of years.

Area officials are reminding everyone that November 5th through 9th is Winter Hazard Awareness Week. The¬†Minnesota Department of Public Safety the National Weather Service and other state, federal and non-profit agencies are working together to get reminders out for Minnesotans Daily topics this week include Winter Storms, Outdoor Winter Safety Winter Fire Safety, Indoor Winter Safety and Winter Driving. Local Sheriff’s officials remind you to make a plan, stay alert, dress for winter weather and stay informed on our ever changing weather.

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