The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office reports that two people have been arrested that were involved in the murder of David Medellin Jr. of Willmar. Names have not been released. The arrests were made by the Sheriff’s Department along with officers from the City of Willmar Police, the Bureau of criminal apprehension and the C-VI drug and gang task force. The two were arrested for probable cause 2nd degree murder and probable cause liability for crimes of another 2nd degree murder. Names will be released once the two are formally charged.

An accident in Meeker County injured 20 year old Tyler Mack. The accident yesterday was on highway 4. Mack’s car left the road, hit an approach and rolled. He was taken to the Paynesville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

30 year old Richard Hauske of Willmar pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of 24 year old John Schlegel of Blomkest. A plea agreement was reached yesterday in the case in which Hauske sold fentanyl to Schlegel and led to his death. Sentencing for Hauske in January.

The owner of Sally Tobacco in Willmar, Hamzeh Wazwaz of Blaine, has been charged with having untaxed tobacco products, a gross misdemeanor, and for buying untaxed tobacco products from a seller who isn’t licensed, also a gross misdemeanor. Each charge has a maximum of a year in jail and or a $3,000.00 fine. The report says that over $1700.00 in taxes should have been paid. Investigators found and seized nearly $900.00 in product during an inspection.

The Brown/Lyon/Redwood/Renvilie Drug Task Force searched a home in New Ulm last Friday and arrested 28 year old Damion Ristau, 38 year old Ashley Swanson, 49 year old Barbara Mordah and 55 year old Scott Mordah on felony counts of 5th degree possession of a controlled substance. Meth, drug paraphernalia and items involved in the sale of drugs were found. The 4 were taken to the Brown County jail.

The University of Minnesota Extension will be holding meetings around the state dealing with fair farm rental agreements. Topics will include projected rental rate trends, current values and sales, a worksheet and more. Meetings coming up include: November 26th at the County Government Center in Olivia at 9:30 and Willmar at 1:30 at the Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center. In December, on the 10th in Benson at the Fire Hall at 9:30 and in Madison at 1:30 at the County multimedia room. And December 19th in Litchfield at 9:30 at the Meeker County Courthouse.

A shed fire early Sunday morning caused $70,000.00 in damage on the Richard Walls farm on Curran Street in Meeker County. The Dassel Fire Department and Meeker County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. The 40 by 96′ shed stored 6 tractors, a combine, back hoe and other farm machinery. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meet today at the Health and Human Services building at nine. The agenda includes a wetland bank application from Duane Hultgren, lobby renovation at the County Office Building, also insurance and buffer
compliance updates and a closed session for talk on the county administrator’s contract.


Ridgewater College will host a free, interactive program called “You, Me, We”, addressing racism, sexism and sexual orientation phobias on Tuesday November 13th in Hutchinson at 11 am and Thursday November 15th in Willmar beginning at 11 am at the college and again at 6 pm at the high school auditorium. The program is a 90 minute high impact training for students, community members and Ridgewater employees. Contact Ridgewater College for more information.

Renville County Officials remind you that the county parks are now closed for the season. Though gates are shut, parks are still open for walk in use. The gates re-open again next April 15th

State of Minnesota Community Living Structure grants totaling $7.07 million dollars have been awarded to a number of counties around the state along 3 Native American Tribes to help with a variety of initiatives to help people with disabilities get housing, move out into the community or remain in their homes. The grants will be distributed over 4 years and in our area will include $100,000 dollars for the Southwestern Minnesota Adult Mental Health Consortium, which includes: Kandiyohi, Renville, Swift, Chippewa, Big Stone, Meeker, Lac Qui parle, Redwood, Yellow Medicine and other southwest Minnesota counties dollars.

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