An accident on the east side off Willmar yesterday morning around 9 am injured 23 year old Tiffany Johnson of Cokato, a passenger in a vehicle driven by 21 year old Joe Kittock of Waverly. Kittock was headed east on 12, near the county road 9 junction when they were hit by a vehicle that turned in front of them driven by 52 year old Maria Moreno of Marshall. No one else was injured in the accident.

Willmar police received a call that a man had pulled a knife and was swearing loudly at another man Wednesday night in the 1700 block of 5th Street Southwest. The suspect ran off and drove away in a black G6 Pontiac according to the report.

A one vehicle accident took the life of a 20 year old man from Breckenridge yesterday. The vehicle went off an icy state highway 9 South of Doran in Wilken County yesterday morning just before 9 am and hit the side of a train. The driver’s name has not yet been released.

40 year old Jewel Dahl off Glenwood lost control of her vehicle last night around 11 pm on highway 29 near county road 4 between Glenwood and Alexandria. The road was slippery according to the state patrol. She suffered non-life threatening injuries.


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture along with the Sustainable Farming Association and others are bringing finance expert Dave Pratt to the area for a workshop next month. Pratt gives ranching for profit workshops to those wanting to better run their  operation. He will be in Redwood Falls at the American Legion on December 11th from 9- 3. To pre-register, contact Kelly Anderson.

The U.S. Post Office expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages this holiday season from Thanksgiving Day to New Years day.
The Post Office says that there is no longer a “busiest day” for shipping as many people shop early and online. The busy time frame is now the “two weeks” before Christmas when they expect to deliver 200 million packages each of those weeks. For a schedule of mailing and shipping deadlines go to

If you want to learn more about tax reform, the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber will be hosting 5 local CPA firms next Tuesday morning from 7:30-9 am at the Willmar Conference Center. The ten dollar cost includes a light breakfast with coffee & juice as well. Today is the deadline to RSVP. Contact the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.


Law enforcement and emergency medical technicians in Kandiyohi County and Willmar will begin using the VITALS App next month as a way to improve interactions between first responders and people living with invisible and visible conditions and disabilities. It will be a non-intrusive real time resource to enhance policing and will give people with various health conditions and families more peace of mind. The VITALS App is free and can be downloaded in the Apple and Google play stores. A total of 35 Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Deputies, 26 Willmar police officers and 30 Willmar EMTs will be trained to use the App. Willmar will be the first EMS agency in the state to utilize the App.
Seed money was raised through the Willmar Community Foundation and the United Way of West Central Minnesota in collaboration with the Police and Sheriff’s offices to get the serviced launched next month.

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