34 year old Brad Alsaker was sentenced yesterday in court in Benson on a charge of soliciting a child through electronic media, felony possession of pornographic materials and a felony charge of possessing a firearm. He pleaded guilty back in October and will serve 120 days in jail and 5 years on probation. A prison sentence was stayed. Alsaker was a former Benson hockey coach and rink manager.

At a special meeting last night in Montevideo, police chief Adam Christopher turned in his resignation, effective one week from today. The 47 year old has been on leave since November after a restraining order against him was granted for sending a woman hundreds of text messages, some of a sexual nature.
Montevideo Police Captain Ken Schule was appointed to the interim Police Chief position.

An accident yesterday morning near Buffalo Lake shortly after 7:30 am injured Alissa Snook of Hector. Snook suffered non-life threatening injuries. She was on highway 212 and was hit by a semi rig that crossed over the center line. The Semi was driven by Todd Ewert of Stewart. The semi went into the ditch and rolled according to the state patrol.

The Minnesota House of Representatives will be providing live unedited web and mobile streaming video coverage of all floor sessions as well as select committee hearings and press conferences this coming session. Schedules, links and more can be found at www.mnfhtv/schedule.asp. All programming is archived as well, with video on you tube and audio on the house.co/mn/audio/default.asp site.

The Minnesota Dept. of Transportation reminds you not to throw snow out into or next to a public highway or street, including ditch, sidewalk and right of way areas along roads. It creates hazards such as sight obstruction, drifting, unsafe access and drainage problems.
Moving snow into these areas is a misdemeanor violation and civil penalties can also come into play both for the person who moved the snow and the property owner.
MnDOT reminds you to dial 511 or go to 511.mn.org for real time traffic and travel info this winter. There is also a free smartphone app at google play or the App store.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency meets at the Roseville Township Hall in Hawick January 16th at 7:30pm on the draft state permit for Oem-Con Landfill in Kandiyohi County. The MPCA staff will present info on the proposed permit and the public will
have a chance for input and comment. Oem-Con is currently a class 2 construction and demolition debris disposal facility and the permit would change it from a class 2 to class 3 landfill. Oem-con is from Shakopee and recently bought the current operation.

19 year old Matt Lindbo of Redwood Falls accomplished something not manypeople do—–he has earned every badge, all 137 that you can attain in scouting. He earned 89 of the Merit badges in his final year of Boy Scouts. Badges range from archery to wilderness survival and much more. He pulled off the feat even though he started one year later in scouts than most people do.

The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meet today at 9 am. Reorganization for the new year will take place. There’ll be a water planning task force recommendation, the minimum salary will be set for elected officials, and there’ll be the filling of positions for assistant county attorney and chief sheriff’s deputy. Also set to take place today will be the election of Chair and vice chair, along with the oath of office swearing in ceremony.

For anyone trying to lose weight this year, this mayor may not help you. The Mediterranean Diet has won the gold medal as 2019’s best overall diet in rankings announced by U.S. News and World Report. They analyzed 41 eating plans overall. The Mediterranean took top spots in healthy eating, best plant based, best for diabetes and easiest to follow. It also was shown to help for those with high cholesterol, dementia, memory loss, depression and breast cancer. Those on the diet have also been linked to having stronger bones, a healthier heart and longer life, not to mention weight loss! Good luck with your diet plan!

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