30 year old Richard Houske of Willmar was sentenced to 58 months in prison on 2nd degree manslaughter culpable negligence in the death of 24 year old Army Veteran John Schlegel. Schlegel died of fentanyl toxicity when found dead back in November of 2017. Houske was sentenced in court in Willmar yesterday.

Jeff Ackerson, 35, of Bird Island was sentence to 41 months in prison yesterday in Renville County District Court. He had pleaded guilty to setting his house on fire in Bird Island last year and left the family dog to die in the blaze. His wife, Sheena Ackerson had pleaded guilty to aiding an offender and was given a one year stayed jail sentence along with unsupervised probation.

Freezing fog & mist yesterday caused numerous accidents around the area. A vehicle was on its side around 9:30 yesterday morning by the Country Stop in New London on highway 23. 28 year old Amanda Olson was not injured.
A vehicle was in the middle of the road on highway 23 just before 9:00 yesterday morning near 187th Ave. NE. The vehicle had hit a sign. No injuries were reported.
Damon Ybarra of Spicer suffered non-life threatening injuries yesterday  morning on highway 23 near 158thAve. NE near Spicer. He lost control on the ice. Ybarra did not have a seatbelt on and was thrown from the vehicle. A passenger, 11 year old Ray Ybarra had a seatbelt on and was not injured. That accident happened around 8 am yesterday.
An accident on highway 7 west of Clara City injured 39 year old Mohammed Ahmed of Willmar, who lost control of the car and rolled into the ditch. A passenger, 53 year old Cara Gare also suffered non-life threatening injuries. Neither had a seat belt on.
A Vehicle slid off 1st Ave. North and 60th Ave. NE and onto King Lake north of
Willmar around 11 am yesterday. 35 year old driver Lah Kaw Htoo and a couple passengers were not hurt.
And just before 11 am an accident west of New London on county road 40 involved two vehicles. 77 year old Luverne Clayton of Sunburg and 90 year old Alice Barker of Sunburg collided. Police did not report any injuries.

Minnesota State Senator from Elbow Lake, Torrey Westrom last week unveiled what he calls his top priorities for the session that’s now underway. Like his colleagues, Westrom says focusing on everything from health insurance to child care to over taxation will be front and center. Westrom is chairman of the Senate Committee on Rural Development, and housing finance.

The Kandiyohi County Commissioners meet this morning at 9:00 at the Health and human services building in Willmar. On the agenda, the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force Grant Agreement; The annual ditch system levy proposal; a work session meeting date will be
set; there’ll be committee reports, and a road and bridge meeting •

The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to a panel discussion on starting a business this Thursday from 7:30-9 am at the MinnWest Technology Campus. From financial planning to structure, legal requirements and accounting, a panel of experts will help guide you through getting started and learning about challenges along the way. To register, call the Chamber in Willmar at 235-0300. Or log on at www.chamber@willmarareachamber.com.

State Representative Paul Anderson of Starbuck has announced that he has been selected as the lead Republican on the House’s Greater Minnesota Jobs & Economic Development and Finance Division. Anderson is also serving on the Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Committee, and the Natural Resources Policy Committee in the House. Anderson invites voters to contact him with questions, concerns and ideas for west Central Minnesota as well as the statewide issues this legislative session.


As we all know, drinking and driving is something no one should attempt, and a woman from Litchfield recently made it even easier for Police to make the traffic stop———-headlight problems! The 60 year old was pulled over for a problem with headlights, and it didn’t take long for the Officer to see she was intoxicated. The woman was arrested on 4th degree DWI, 3rd degree DWI refusal, and the above mentioned headlight issue. The incident happened last Friday night around 7:30 and she was taken to the safer confines of the Meeker County Jail pending a court appearance this week.

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