59 year old Michael Klatt of Fairfax is in jail on felony charges of first degree attempted murder, assault causing bodily harm and 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Klatt was in court yesterday in Renville County and bail was set. Klatt entered the Weis Oil service station/convenience store in Fairfax last Friday morning allegedly with a .22 caliber rifle down his pants leg. He tried to force a male and a female employee into an office and ended up shooting the man, injuring his hand and face. The male employee, a 55 year old from Hector, disarmed Klatt before police arrived to make the arrest. The wounded employee was airlifted to North Memorial in Robbinsdale for surgery.

Randolph Douvier of Brooten has been sentenced after he was involved in a high speed chase that happened last May. The 64 year old man will serve 92 days on a felony charge of fleeing police in a vehicle. He was also sentenced to 90 days on misdemeanor charges including 4th degree driving while impaired and for domestic assault. The chase took place from Willmar to Spicer and New London, coming to an end at the Country Stop Convenience store. He had fled after a domestic assault incident in Willmar.

The Kandiyohi County Solar Co-op is holding its last public information session tonight at the Goat Ridge Brewery in New London at 6:30 pm. You’ll have a chance to learn about solar energy and how to have it installed  at your home through a bulk purchase. Sign up deadline is February 28th• Signing up is free and is not a commitment to buying solar panels. The Kandiyohi county solar co-op web page has more information.


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency meets tonight at the Roseville Township Hall in Hawick at 7:30 pm on the draft state permit for Dem-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. Dem-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. Dem-con is from Shakopee and recently bought the current operation.

Rice regional Dental Clinic is joining dental professionals across the country for the American Dental Associations annual “Give Kids a Smile Day”. The one day event will be Friday February 1 st and provides free dental services to children whose families face barriers to dental care. Services will include free oral screenings by a local volunteer dentist, cleanings, fluoride varnishes, sealants, extractions, oral hygiene instruction and family dental education. For info and appointments, call the Rice Regional Dental Clinic 214-2620.

The City of Oliva is looking to fill two positions. The Olivia Economic Development Authority is looking for a committee member, as is the Olivia Parks and Recreation Board. If you are interested in being considered for an appointment to one of the committees, call the Olivia City Office at 523-2361. Application deadline is January 30th.

Katie & Ted Brenny of Goodhue County finished in the top ten in the Excellence in Agriculture contest at the American Farm Bureau Federations 100th annual meeting. The Brenny’s took top honors in Minnesota last November. They farm near Mazeppa and are fifth generation farmers raising beef cattle.

This Saturday, Sunday & Monday are “take a kid ice fishing” days in Minnesota. Residents 16 and older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 with them. The West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris is hosting a Research update on Tuesday February 12th. Highlighted will be current U of M Ag research conducted at the West Central, Southern and Southwest research and outreach centers. They’ll be focusing on results and recommendations with area crop and
livestock producers. The program is open to everyone beginning at 9:30 am  February 12th. Registration will begin at 9 am. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registering is encouraged. Contact the research and outreach center at the U of M-Morris for more information.

The Hawk Creek Animal Shelter will have its biggest fundraiser of the year on February 22nd. This years Save Our Tails event will be held at the Willmar Convention Center and the animal shelter is looking for silent auction items. Crafts, baskets and other items are due by February 15th, and must include a content list and value. For more info on the big night, contact the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar.


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