The Willmar City Council meets today at 5 pm for a work session, and the┬áregular council meeting tonight at 7 pm. The work session includes talk about a possible change in the cable franchise agreement. And tonight’s meeting, lots of re-organization for the new year with the swearing in of the mayor and council members, including new member Vicki Davis.
A mayor pro tempore will be elected, along with adopting the rules of order, meeting dates and appointments to boards & commissions.

The state patrol was called to an accident Saturday night at 10:15 after a vehicle lost control on icy and snow covered road conditions and rolled into the center median on 1-94 in Douglas County. 31 year old Ashley Quinn of Evansville suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the Alexandria hospital.

Willmar Police were called to a care center on SE Willmar Avenue around 6 pm last Thursday on the report of a man choking an elderly woman. A 35 year old was arrested outside of the facility after he had ran toward the officers. Staff members got the man away from a 97 year old and called 911. The man left the building and was apprehended on Willmar Avenue. Police said the man had a Willmar address, and is now facing a number of charges.

A Paynesville Police Officer is in custody in Stearns County after being accused in a domestic assault reported last Friday morning just after 2 am. Nathan Johnson was arrested at a residence in the 32000 block of River Vista Lane, booked on 5th degree assault and misdemeanor domestic assault. The caller reported being hit by Johnson. He has been with the Paynesville PD since 2016.

Republican State Senator Andrew Lange of Olivia, along with Democratic Senate Rep John Lesch of St. Paul have announced plans for a bill requiring Minnesota┬áCounties to offer “differential pay” to their employees who are active duty service members who are deployed. The amount due to the soldier would be the difference between their basic
active duty military salary they would otherwise receive as an active duty employee If not on military leave of absence.

Minnesota is ranked 37th in the country when it comes to people moving in, down from 35th in 2017. North Dakota is 36th, while Wisconsin is the 13th most popular state to move
to. For the 2nd year in a row, Idaho leads the way on the “moving to” list. The list was put together by U-Haul, calculated by the net gain of one way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving the state. Officials say it’s an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents.

Area schools have been awarded a total of over $33,900.00 in Southwest Minnesota Arts council awards. ACGC, Appleton-Milan Elementary, Dawson-Boyd and YME all received
$4,000.00 for various projects. Other schools awarded money included Montevideo, NL-S, Lakeview, and Bert Raney Elementary in Granite Falls.

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