27 year old Maria Elmore of Hawick suffered non-life threatening injuries Saturday around noon from an accident in Menahga. She was a passenger in a vehicle headed north on highway 71 driven by 16 year old Tate Usher of Park Rapids. They were stopped to make a left turn and got rear-ended by a car driven by 41 year old Stacy Aho of Menahga. Aho was not injured. Usher also suffered non-life threatening injuries.

An accident near Avon took the lives of two people who were in a horse drawn buggy. The crash happened on county road 9 just north of Avon yesterday around 11:15 am. 23 year old Marc Knapp, driving a pickup when he hit the buggy. Both were headed north when Knapp hit them from behind. The people in the buggy, ages 72 and 66, died at the scene and were taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office.

 

The Willmar City council has a work session scheduled for 5:00 this afternoon. where there’ll be talking about the Robbins Island Legacy Grant, the parks 4 season shelter and the trail project. The council meeting at 7 pm includes the Willmar Wye agreements and talk on the Baker Field dugouts.

The Benson city council meets at 5 this afternoon at city council chambers. Along with a number of reports, the council will consider approval of the 2018 budgets and levy and certify the 2019 operating budget and property tax levy collectible 2019. There’ll also be information on the council retreat scheduled for January 18th and 19th

 

The BOLD School board meets tonight at 7:00 in Olivia at the district office. New business includes the adoption of the 2018 payable 2019 property tax levy, which totals a million, 363 thousand, 654 dollars and 39 cents. It is broken down between the general fund, debt service and community service. The board will also adopt a resolution establishing combined polling places for multiple precincts and designating hours when they’ll be open for school district elections not held on the day of a statewide election.There’ll also be a closed door meeting to end the night.

 

An accident last Thursday on highway 12 near Atwater sent a woman to the safety of the ditch after a pick crossed the center and came at her. The woman avoided the head on collision, and was able to drive back up onto the road. The pick, a white ford, did not stop. The incident happened around 4:45 last Thursday afternoon.

A rear end accident on highway 23 near Clara City injured Carrol Breitreutz of Belview, who was treated for non-life threatening injuries. She was stopped, waiting to make a turn when she was hit from behind by 18 year old Cole Richter of Granite Falls. Richter was not injured. The accident happened around noon last Thursday.

25 year old Brady Hutchinson of Willmar was convicted on a 5th degree assault account last Thursday in Kandiyohi County District court. He was sentenced to a year in jail with 335 days stayed. He’ll be on probation and pay fines and fees for his involvement in an attempted burglary and altercation this past summer in Willmar.

District Judge Charles Glasrud has ordered a one day court trial at the Stevens County Courthouse in Morris for Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher. The 47 year old chief has been on sick leave since a restraining order was filed against him by at 18 year old woman who says he’d sent her hundreds of texts, some sexual in nature. The trial will be February 26th

Meetings to talk about developing a Mid-Minnesota Regional Transportation Coordination Council will be taking place this week. The Mid Minnesota Development Commission says meetings will be held Tuesday in Willmar at the Library at 9:30, Wednesday in Olivia at the Renville County Government Center at 10:30, Thursday in Litchfield at the courthouse at 10:30, and Thursday in Glencoe at the McCleod County North Complex at 1:30. The
public is encouraged to attend and provide input on transportation for this area. The council would work with people, businesses and others to coordinate transportation options for people in Kandiyohi, McCleod, Meeker, Renville and Sibley counties.

The Alexandria City Council meets tonight at 7:00. The agenda includes 2019 license renewals. They’ll get a look at the Viking Speedway race schedule for next year and the request for an on-sale beer license. Also, an update on the Veterans memorial, talk on decertifying tax increment financing districts, and a number of resolutions and ordinances along with other reports.

The Minnesota Farmers Union, a grass roots family farm organization, says they are pleased that congress has passed a farm bill. The Union says an improved dairy program, keeping crop insurance well intact, along with funding for conservation, beginning farmers and local foods were all important parts of the bill for West Central Minnesota farmers. Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish says that the bipartisan Farm Bill achieved many of the group’s priorities.

 

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