State authorities are investigating Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher after an 18 year old woman got a restraining order against him. She says that Christopher sent him hundreds of texts beginning when she was 17. They recently became sexual. The city of Montevideo is also investigating to see if any criminal activity took place. A two vehicle crash just before 1 pm Monday injured 27 year old Justin Linz of Brookings. Linz blew a stop sign at the intersection of county road 2 and county road 5 in Renville County north of Franklin. He collided with a semi rig driven by 43 year old Greg Graff of Springfield. Linz and 3 passengers from Brookings were treated at the hospital in Redwood Falls.

The Willmar Fire Department, along with Police and Ambulance personnel were called to a house in Willmar early yesterday morning, just before 2:30 am. A caller said they’d heard an explosion and saw flames on the outside of the home. The house was located in the 700 block of 4th street Southeast in Willmar. No other details were reported.

 

Litchfield Police arrested a 19 year old man from Willmar on numerous charges including fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, 2nd degree DWI refusal, open bottle, underage drinking and driving, speeding, driving after suspension, minor in possession of alcohol and a small amount of marijuana. The chase and arrest was made this past weekend.

The “Grow Our Own” summit was held earlier this month in Marshall with around 450 in attendance, including over 60 from Willmar and the surrounding area including New London, Montevideo, Granite Falls, Olivia and Clara City. The Southwest Initiative Foundation launched the program 2 years ago to help close the gap for kids living in poverty. Approximately one in six kids in southwest Minnesota suffer from poor or poverty conditions. The Initiative, founded in 1986, has distributed more than $75 million through its grant making and business finance programs.

The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting Thursday December 6th from 9:30 until noon at the Glenwood State Banks conference room. This will be the Implementation Advisory Team Meeting for the Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area Plan. The plan outlines steps the DNR will take over the next 5 years to ensure that ground water supplies locally remain adequate to meet needs while supporting healthy lakes, streams and wetlands. The meeting again will be held December 6th in Glenwood at the Glenwood State Bank Conference room.

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