The Kandiyohi County Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to give themselves a 2% pay  raise, totaling an extra $604.00 a year. Commssioners salaries are now at $30,765.00 a year plus per diems and expense money, as well as health insurance. Commissioners Jim Butterfield, Harlan Madsen and Roger Imdieke voted in favor of the raise, with Rollie Nissen and Steve Ahmann voting against it.
Nissen said he’s happy with what he is already paid, and Ahmann said the board should not be paid at all, as it is a public service position. Ahmann also mentioned that what they get paid for a part time job is more than a lot of people get working full time for an entire year.

Ridgewater College in Willmar is dropping its football program. President Craig Johnson said dwindling numbers are the reason. The program last fall suspended the program after 4 games when player’s numbers, that had begun with 54, dwindled to 22 for a variety of reasons. The College will now have $70,000.00 in student life funds to be redirected elsewhere.

More closings at the KandiMall in Willmar. The Hallmark Store will be shutting it’s doors after being a fixture since 2006. Dwindling traffic due to other store closings are one of the main reasons.
Regis Hair Salon could not renegotiate the lease they wanted and will be closing. Hair stylists at the store will reopen their own salon under a new name in January at the same location.

Bill Lavin and Richard Almich will be interviewed by the Montevideo City Council to serve as the interim City Manager. Almich retired after 29 years of service in LeSeur. Lavin worked in Granite Falls for 31 years. Montevideo Council members will begin a search for a full time city manager early next year. City manager Steve Jones is retiring after working in that position for 20 years.


A one car accident yesterday near Clara City injured 65 year old Allan Adams of Montevideo. He was headed east on highway 7, lost control and went into the ditch
around 4:40 yesterday afternoon. He was taken to St. Cloud with non-life threatening injuries.

Makenzie Ehlers, 27, was airlifted to the hospital around noon Monday after an accident on County Road 1 just north of highway 68. Her SUV went into the ditch and hit a field approach then rolled onto its top. She was the only person in the vehicle.

An accident near Alexandria injured 2 people last night just before 7 at the intersection of county road 82 and E. Lake Victoria road. Steven Stixrud, 54 and a passenger, 58 year old Lori Stixrud, of Osakis, collided with a truck driven by 27 year old Jacob Haan of Alexandria. Haan was thrown from his pickup. He and Lori Stixrud were taken for
treatment at the Alexandria hospital.


There will be a hearing for 51 year old Lori Gafkjen of Brooten, also known as Lori Glense. She is charged with 3 felony counts of aiding an offender, 35 year old Caleb Blue in the death of 24 year old David Medellin Jr. of Willmar this past fall. She had originally waived her right to an omnibus hearing, but now her lawyer, John Mack of London, filed a demand for a hearing to review any alleged confession and evidence. The hearing will be February 7th.

30 year old Rogelio Torres of Willmar pleaded guilty to felony charges in connection with kidnapping, assault and robbery charges. Charges stem from holding a teenager against his will in Willmar last May. Torres will serve prison time, and sentencing will be next month.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office reported an accident that happened around 9 am yesterday just northwest of Morton near county roads one and fifteen just northwest of Morton. 61 year old Vicki Phillips of Redwood Falls swerved to miss a deer and went
into the ditch. She was taken to be treated to the Renville County Hospital in Olivia.


The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota are warning people shopping for vehicles on line to be aware of the “to good to be true” prices you might find. Since this past summer over 20 fraudulent vehicle shipping companies have been reported, One of the bogus companies, Yellow Shippers, was reported earlier this year, and now the BBB is investigating other fraudulent online places with addresses listed in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Rochester, Duluth, Staples, Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks.

Sites being used include Craigslist, Autotrader and local publications. The sellers, using a sad story about why they need a quick sell, have been offering cars and trucks, semi’s, boats, jet skis and farm equipment. Sellers have typically been using a woman’s name, and a company name similar to one that is legit. Bottom line, says the better business bureau—if it is too good to be true, it is usually not true!


Retired Meeker County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Dean Schmitz recently received the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Volunteer of the year award. A letter nominating Schmitz had been submitted, listing numerous times he’d gone above and beyond to help people and groups in a variety of ways. Schmitz retired this past summer due to medical reasons.


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