An accident north of Willmar yesterday took the life of a Shakopee man. The Kandiyohi Co. Sheriff’s Office was called shortly before 4 pm to the County Road 9 and county road 127 junction. A 40 year old woman from New London was headed north on 9 in an SUV, and was hit by a truck driven by a 42 year old Shakopee man who was headed east on 127. The New London woman was taken to Rice Hospital in Willmar after being extricated from the vehicle. The 42 year old truck driver was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced
dead at the scene. The crash is under investigation.

Shopko, based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is announcing that they are closing 39 stores, including the Paynesville store. The report says that a liquidation sale is underway and will continue through February. One other Minnesota Shopko will close, located in Mahnomen. The company has 363 stores in 24 states.

An animal complaint call came in to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office around 8:15 yesterday morning. 72 year old Dean Suter of Belgrade had noticed a couple of female donkeys along the road near his pasture. Suter was able to get the donkeys Into a confined area to take care of them. One is black, the other is bay in color, about 14 & a half hands tall….the donkey’s owner has been found this morning.

 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Willmar Lakes Are Chamber of Commerce says that the Red Carpet event on December 28th will be re-scheduled to Thursday night February 21 st. Comedian and entertainer Justin Willman and his wife will be having their first child around the end of December and he is cancelling all performances from the end of December through the end of January. For ticket info for the 21 st of February event, to be held at the Willmar conference center, contact the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sky watchers will get a treat next week, cloud cover permitting·····the comet named 46P Wirtanen will be visible, with its closest approach on Sunday night the 16th. The comet will be 7.1 million miles from earth and should be visible to the naked eye but better seen with binoculars or a small telescope. While 7.1 million miles may see a long way off, the sun, in comparison, is 93 million miles away. It will be among the ten closest comet approaches to
earth since 1950. The comet is about  of a mile in diameter, and will be moving along at
21,000 miles per hour. It will remain within ten million miles of earth for several weeks, giving scientists an extended chance to study it. It was first seen by Astronomer Carl Wirtanen in January of 1948 from a California Observatory.

 

Dates are set for a number of winter festivals and ice fishing tournaments around the state. Spicer Winter Fest events will be held January 18th through February 10th• The Ice Castle Classic fishing tourney will be held on February 9th• The Brainerd JCs $150,000.00 ice fishing extravaganza will be held January 26th. Walker’s Eelpout Festival is slated for February 21 st the 24th. For ice fishing, festivals, downhill ski updates and more log on at: www.exploreminnesota.com.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday train will be on the move in Minnesota this Sunday through the 14th of December. The train will stop in more than two dozen towns total with free
entertainment at each stop. You’re asked to bring food or money for the food shelf at each stop. Around the area, the train will be in Annandale Wednesday Dec. 12th at 7:15 pm and in Eden Valley on the 12th at 8:55 pm. On Thursday December 13th the train stops in Glenwood at 10 am and in Alexandria at 11:30 am. The stop in Elbow Lake will be on Friday December 14th at 4:15 pm.

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