Last Saturday night around 9:45, Alexandria Police responded to a call of a gunshot victim in the 400 block of Elm Street. The victim was taken to the Alexandria hospital to be treated. Police believe the assailant new the victim and it was not a random incident. The name of the victim is being withheld and an investigation is underway.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the person in a one car accident Saturday night east of New London on county road 40. The person, 49 year old Julie Moen of Atwater, was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries. She ran off the road and hit a tree. Police say alcohol was a probable factor in the accident.

An open house -in Appleton today begins at 4:30 at the Appleton Civic Center. There’ll be discussion on the U.S. Highway 12 project that is scheduled for the year 2021. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend, today from 4:30 until 7 pm in Appleton.

A reminder for city of Willmar residents that are dog and or cat owners. Licenses will be due and payable by January 2nd. The cost is $4.00 for a neutered male or spayed female dog or cat and $7.00 for those that are not fixed. You must have proof that your pet has been vaccinated for rabies within the past 3 years before a license will be issued. Licenses can be bought at the City Office Building, Willmar Pet Hospital, South 71 Vet Clinic or the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar. They are also available at Country Lake Vet Clinic of Pennock and the Green Lake Pet Hospital in Spicer. After January 15th a penalty of $50 will be in effect for all dogs & cats that are not licensed. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor that is punishable up to 90 days in jail and or a one thousand dollar fine.

 

Four rural members of the Minnesota House of Representatives say they will split from fellow Republicans and form their own caucus to oppose the incoming DFL majority. State Rep Tim Miller of Prinsburg, along with Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa, Cal Bahr of East Bethel and Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal notified house leaders Friday of the plan. Miller said that he has come to the conclusion that the attitudes and actions by the House Republican Caucus leader and some of his supporters have become too hostile toward him and are making it impossible to properly serve his district and the state of Minnesota.

3 Attorneys are being recommended to Governor Mark Dayton to fill the 8th district Judge position being vacated by Randall Slieter, who is leaving to serve on the Minnesota court of Appeals. Aaron Welch, assistant county attorney in Kandiyohi County, Laurence Stratton, assistant Renville County attorney and Keith Helgeson, the Yellow Medicine County Attorney are being considered. The 8th district covers 13 area counties. The judge will be chambered in the Renville Co. District Court in Olivia.

Stearns County officials are warning of another fraud going around the area. It became known recently that a Collegeville are person had received a call a few months ago from someone saying they were from Publishers Clearing House and that they’d won six and a half million dollars. The scammer kept in contact with the Collegeville person, and convinced them to start sending money. Cash was sent via FedEx and also to money deposited into a bank account. The victim says they have lost around $150,000.00. Police say the money is most likely not recoverable. Police remind everyone that you do not have to pay a fee if it is a legitimate sweepstakes, you don’t have to pay to claim a prize, and buying something will not increase the odds of winning.

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