The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle crash Saturday night at 10:40 at the intersection of county road 40 and 141st Street NE. A vehicle driven by a 49 year old Atwater woman drove straight off the road at the intersection and hit a tree in the yard of a home. The woman was airlifted to St. Cloud with serious injuries. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

A vehicle went through the ice on the northeast side of Lake Lilian Friday night just before 7:00. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle was pulling a fish house and broke through. It did not completely submerge and 2 people were able to get out and were not hurt.

A driver in Cold Spring hit a Stearns County Squad car Friday night just before ten. The squad car, with lights activated, was making a u-turn on county road two to make a traffic stop when a vehicle driven by 24 year old Tyler Klein of Cold Spring, who was behind the deputies car, hit it on the driver’s side front tire area. Both drivers were checked out at the scene and needed no medical attention.

So far so good, just minimal if any flu activity at all in Minnesota so far this season. Two states, Georgia and Louisiana report high activity and two more, Colorado and South Carolina, moderate flu activity so far. Officials say that it is not too late to get a flu shot, and remind everyone to do a lot of hand washing, and keep the disinfectant handy!


46 year old Chad Monson was sentenced last Friday to 36 months of prison time and 3 years supervised probation. He was in U.S District court with the sentence being less than what prosecutors were hoping for. They had wanted up to 78 months jail time. He was jailed for illegally possessing pipe bombs, machine guns and silencers. The case started last January when police found ammo, firearms, pipe bombs and drugs at his home as well as at a commercial building near his home.

An accident last Thursday morning just after 7:30 injured 26 year old Kassandra Ervin of Olivia. She was headed east on highway 212 when her vehicle crossed the centerline and rolled into the north ditch. She was taken to the St. Cloud hospital with non-life threatening injuries according the to state patrol.


A women in Ag networking meeting will be held on Thursday at the Regional Extension office in Willmar on 18th Street NE. Guest speakers from the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, the Farm Service Agency and an extension educator will be on hand from 10-2 with topics including how to seek farm financing, and what lenders want. Cost of the event is $15.00. Contact the Willmar Regional Extension Office for more detail.

According to the state board of water and soil resources, and the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Grass lake Prairie Wetland Project was selected for the 2018 County Conservation award. Restoration of the lake has been underway, and Kandiyohi County was
selected for its promotion of water and soil conservation, assistance to residents and managing water resources. The award was handed out Tuesday at the Association of Minnesota Counties state conference.


The Willmar School Board meets this afternoon at 4:30 in the board room of the Willmar Education and Arts Center. They’ll be discussing the Community Ed and Rec and City of Willmar facilities agreement. Also, adopting a resolution establishing a combined polling place ••• and approval to seek bids for windows at Kennedy school along with air conditioning, electrical, corridor, media center and theatre work. There’ll also be a closed session to evaluate the performance of Superintendent Jeff Holm. The school board re-organizational meeting will take place on January 14th at 4:30 pm.

The Alexandria City Council meets tonight at 7:00. The meeting will include a public hearing for the 2019 Budget and Tax levy presentation, and next year’s capital improvement fund priority projects. The council will also look to publish by reference an ordinance amending the  city code providing for the licensing and inspection of short term vacation rental property, regulating design, operation and maintenance, and providing for administration and enforcement. And a resolution establishing the 2018 benefit and per year pension amount for the Alexandria fire fighter relief association.

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