35 year old Caleb Blue of Willmar, also known as Caleb Jorgenson, was in court yesterday and was indicted for first degree pre-meditated murder in the death of 24 year old David Medellin Jr. of Willmar. His body was found last Halloween in a field east of Willmar. 3 charges against Blue were included in the indictment. He will be in court again on February 8th .

Willmar Police and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Dept. have been out on a variety of calls this week with the sub-zero temps and cold wind chills: Accidents, stalled vehicles, including one the train tracks in Pennock for a while; A power line down on highway 71. People in the ditch who needed rides to somewhere warm, and reports of dogs being left outside. None of the accidents were serious according to police, and all the dogs were safe as well.

22 year old Carlos Miranda Martinez of Willmar was sentenced in Kandiyohi County district court on a charge of terroristic threats. He received a stay of adjudication. Last March, Martinez gave two people who were at SuperAmerica a ride around 4:30 am. What was thought by the couple to be a ride home wound up being a scary affair with Martinez speeding driving erratically, and drinking windshield washer fluid. He then tried to run them over when they escaped. Police were called and Martinez had to be restrained and taken to the hospital. He will serve 30 days in jail and be on five years of supervised probation.

According to the American Red Cross, the government shutdown and winter storms have taken a toll on blood and platelet supplies as many drives have been cancelled around the country in recent weeks. The Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for donors. A number of drives in our local have been scheduled including today in Atwater from 1-7pm at the community center. Blood drives will be coming up in Paynesville, Belgrade, New London, Lake Lilian, Olivia, Grove City, Willmar and Litchfield. Call 1-800-Red Cross for times and dates.

State Representative Mary Franson of Alexandria recently submitted a “data practices request” for data regarding fraud in Minnesota’s Childcare Assistance Program. The request concerns the allegations of upwards of $100 million of childcare assistance funds being allocated to fraudulent childcare facilities and possibly going overseas to terrorist groups. Franson says that so far the Department of Human Services has failed to fulfill four previous request for information. The non-partisan Office of the Legislative Auditor is expected to issue its report on the fraud sometime in February.

State Representative Paul Anderson of Starbuck says that according to a news release from the USDA, all farm service agency offices will be open weekdays through February 8 th .
And an abbreviated schedule, if necessary, Tuesdays and Thursdays after that.
Anderson also mentioned that they talked about the dairy industry at a House Ag Committee meeting last week. The Minnesota Milk Producers Association made a presentation and noted that Minnesota is 8th nationally in milk production, with Stearns County 23 rd and Stevens County 70th nationally. Dairy Day at the State Capitol this session will be March 13th .

New Republican House Caucus members last week spoke out against House Democrat’s and their proposed firearm legislation and the Republican Caucus response. Representative Jeremy Munson said that there have been a number of unprecedented attacks on an individual’s right to own and use a firearm by democrats. Tim Miller of Prinsburg brought up the fact that gun dealers, even at gun shows are already required by federal law to conduct a criminal background check on every sale. Miller went on to say that the phrase “gun show loophole” is nothing more than a political slogan and does not exist. Miller is a member of the New House Republican Caucus along with 3 others.

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