If you are traveling on 1-94 today, there’ll be a slowdown by Monticello. The eastbound lane is having work done and will be reduced to one lane of traffic. The work will be wrapped up by around four this afternoon.

Montevideo city manager Steve Jones will be leaving his position. Council members, at the meeting Monday night approved a couple agreements with Jones. His last day will be Friday, with his leaving a “retirement through resignation”  He will be hired as an independent contractor to keep working on the flood levee project for the city for the next 6 months. Assistant city manager Angie Steinbach will take over as manager thru the end of the year. She’ll be moving on to Granite Falls in January to become the Yellow Medicine County Administrator. Jones leaving was not expected. He has been City Manager in Montevideo for 20 years.

A fugitive former manager of the Ashby Farmers Co-op Elevator is in custody after being on the run since this past September. Jerry Hennessey surrendered and was in court yesterday. He is accused of stealing nearly 5 million dollars.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s office got a call of a car on fire last night around 8:20 on County Road 11. They could not put it out, and the Carlos Fire Department was called in to extinguish the blaze. The car, owned by Phil Kraft was a total loss. He said he had gotten home and later smelled something burning in his garage. After seeing it was the vehicle he got it out to the driveway where it burned. There was no other property damage.

 

 

Police in Litchfield arrested a 30 year old woman Tuesday night around 9:30 on a number of charges. They include domestic assault, interfering with a 911 call, and terrorist threats. She was arrested at a West 3rd St. residence and is being held in the Meeker County Jail.

The Kandiyohi County board of commissioners meet this morning. At the human services committee meeting a nine, the fee schedule for public health for next year and action on service contracts will take place. At ten this morning the board will hear a grant request from Woodland Centers concerning behavioral health crisis facilities. Also there’ll be action to certify the 2019 county budget. And this after they’ll tour West Central Steel.

The Willmar City Council Labor Committee meets this afternoon at five. The meeting will cover topics including commercial building inspection, the early retirement program, and discussing the replacement for the soon to be retiring planning and development services director.

The Minnesota Department of Veteran’s Affairs and partners will hold a press conference to announce a major gift to the State Veteran’s Home project in Montevideo. Details of the private donation will be announced Wednesday December 5th at 11 am at the American Legion in Montevideo. A number of guest speakers will be on hand for the conference and a
presentation highlighting the preliminary design concepts will be shown. A 13.5 acre site at the intersection of William Avenue and County Road 15 will be the location for the new Veteran’s Home in Montevideo.

Distracted driving sent a Richmond man to the St. Cloud hospital after an accident around 2:30 yesterday morning. 26 year old Raymundo Villavieencio-Quijas was on county road 43 when he said he was distracted by his phone, went into the ditch and rolled several times. He made it to a nearby residence to call for help. He did have his seat belt on. He also said he was driving around 55 mph. He was issued a citation for driving after suspension, careless driving and use of a telecommunication device. His injuries are thought to be non-life threatening.

 

Firemen from Albany and Avon responded to a house fire at the Bob Power home on 307th street near Farming Monday morning around 2 am. Officials say the fire started in a kid’s bedroom where blankets may have caught fire on a heater. Both parents and 3 kids made it out ok. The 2 & a half year old that was in the bedroom where the fire started was treated for smoke inhalation and released.

According to the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program, almost 450,000 acres of farmland are now enrolled. Nearly 680 producers have gotten involved, and the report went on to say that nitrogen losses have been reduced by up to 49; over 48.1 million pounds of sediment have been kept out of Minnesota Rivers, and 122 million pounds of soil has been save on Minnesota farms. The program, which is voluntary for farmers and ag land owners wanting to take the lead in conservation practices to protect waters, began back in 2014.

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