Last Thursday just before 3:30 pm the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office got a call concerning a domestic situation. The caller said she’d been threatened and the suspect was following her in a pickup. Deputies found the truck, being driven by 34 year old Ben Miller of Litchfield, headed South on Sibley Avenue. He would not stop and a short chase ensued. Miller finally stopped near the courthouse on west 4th St. and was taken into custody. He is facing a number of charges.

New London-Spicer school board chairperson Lucinda Dahlberg reports that the board will be going into negotiations with Superintendent Candidate Bill Adams. The board has been looking for a replacement for longtime superintendent Paul Carlson, who’ll be retiring this year.

Area military veterans and spouses, and widows of veterans are invited to this forenoons coffee and doughnut get together at the Willmar Community Center. The get together begins at 9:30 this morning and goes until 11 am.

Area State Senator Andrew Lang has introduced legislation to make use of the empty Prairie Correctional Facility. Lang says that by the year 2022, there’ll be 1,300 more inmates projected than capacity in the Minnesota State Prison system. His legislation calls for either a purchase or a lease-to-own agreement between the state and the facilities owners.

2 vehicles went through the ice on Big Kandiyohi Lake on Saturday. Bennett and Deb Bonema of Raymond had their pickup go through east of the island, possibly near an ice heave. It was totally submerged and will be removed later. They were able to get out and were located by rescue personnel. Another pickup went through near the northern lights access. Logan Niedzielski and Levi Milhausen were about to get out and make it to a nearby fish house. The truck is partially submerged. And, there are reports of a long stretch of open water on Green Lake that people should look out for as well.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office got a call from a railroad company of a building fire near Eden Valley early last Saturday morning. Firemen from Eden Valley and Watkins, along with Paynesville ambulance personnel responded. The barn, owned by Steve and Jamie Ries was empty. They were expecting a load of turkeys later that morning. The barn is a total loss.

52 year old Melissa Bengston of Pennock was sentenced last week in Kandiyohi County District Court after pleading guilty to a charge of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, a felony. She pleaded an Alford plea, not admitting to the crime but realizing that there was enough proof to convict her. She’ll spend 90 days in jail and must follow probation rules, do community service work and pay back over $19,000.00.

The Willmar City Council will meet tonight at 7pm at the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. The short agenda includes a resolution adopting a citizen participation plan for a 2019 small cities grant, then setting a public hearing for the grant application.
The Kandiyohi County board of Commissioners meet tomorrow morning at 9 am at the Health and Human Services Building. An upcoming MnDOT project will be on the agenda, and a staff person from Congressman Collin Peterson’s office will be providing an update on legislation activities.

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