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 Local 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.

Alexandria Police have released more information about a recent shooting in  Alexandria that took place last Saturday. 2 men, Zachary Gordon and Jacob McCoy, are in custody, believed to be involved in the shooting. Michael Wells, the man shot, continues to be
treated for injuries sustained in the shooting, which happened in the 400 block of Elm Street in Alexandria are 9:45 last Saturday night.

There is an air quality alert for the Willmar area today, along with the Twin Cities and Hutchinson and surrounding areas. Fine particles due to stagnant conditions are trapped near the ground and can be an irritant for some people that suffer from asthma, COPD, heart disease or high blood pressure, or anyone who is doing heavy physical activities outdoors for an extended period of time.

 

37 year old Abel Villaneuva of Willmar was in court in Willmar yesterday, charged with fifth degree drug possession, and assault charges in the 2nd and 5th degree. Charges stem from discharging a flare gun at another man back in October at the Speedway Convenience Store on south First Street in Willmar. A hearing will be held on December 17th.

An accident in Kandiyohi yesterday morning resulted in 25 year old Tyler Dunn of Pennock being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Rice Hospital. Dunn was driving a semi rig west in highway 12 around 9:50 am, and when turning north onto County Road 8, lost control and tipped the rig. Some of the load, a tanker of animal feed, spilled out.

29 year old John Bergstrom of St. Paul has been charged with 2nd and 3rd degree burglary and theft, felony charges involving a burglary near Morton in December of last year. Police say that blood recovered at the scene matched Bergstrom’s. He later posted on face book about the sale of items that had been taken. Bail was set last week at $25,000.00 with conditions.

 

The Kandiyohi County Solar Co-op has selected MN Solar and More to install solar panels for the 14 participant group. MN Solar was chosen over 3 other companies. The Co-op is open to new participants until the 31st of January. There is no charge to join and it isn’t a commitment to purchasing panels. MN Solar will provide proposals to people based on the group rate. For info, log on at: www.solarunitedneighbors.Org/kandiyohi.

Minnesota Organic Conference organizers have announced conference keynote speakers for January 10th and 11 tho They include Mary Jo Forbord, who’ll present a talk on “Organic Food from Minnesota, Our roots and culture.” Forbord is the co-owner of Prairie Horizons Farm, comprised of 480 acres in southern Pope County. They market beef, fruit and vegetables directly to customers. Also Sean Sherman, who’ll present “The evolution of Indigenous Food systems of North America.” He is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and an internationally known chef and indigenous foods scholar. The Minnesota Dept. Of Agriculture will host the Conference in St. Paul.

The Dept. of Agriculture announced on Monday that a state-specific restriction for use of the herbicide dicamba in Minnesota will be in place for the 2019 growing season. The Minnesota restriction is in addition to those established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The cutoff date for using dicamba is June 20th next year and is expected to reduce the potential for damage to neighboring crops and vegetation. 253 reports of alleged “dicamba drift” were reported in 2017 impacting around 265,000 acres. After restrictions were put into place this past growing season complaints dropped to just 53 with just over 1800 acres impacted.

State Representative Tim Miller of Prinsburg along with 3 others have been busy this week clarifying their position on forming a new house Republican Caucus. Miller says they have desire to be more productive for constituents by facilitating a transparent and inclusive environment where all Republicans are welcome and civil debate can take place, along with being honest and showing integrity in all efforts. The formation of a new House Republican Caucus is a technical change allowing the hiring and management of their own staff. Miller, along with Cal Bahr of East Bethel, Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal and Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa mentioned that this move is of their own free will and not at the request of any special interest group or other organization. They also mentioned fully supporting the platform of the Minnesota GOP and is not an effort in recruiting candidates to run against other GOP legislators.

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