Sunday evening near 7 pm the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was called to a one vehicle accident on highway 12, a mile and half west of Grove City. An SUV driven by Dominga Cortez of Windom lost control on the ice, went into the ditch and crashed into a line of trees. Cortez was seriously injured and taken to Rice Hospital in Willmar. One passenger suffered minor injuries and 5 others were not hurt.

With winter in full swing, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be careful around snowplows. There have been more than 25 crashes involving vehicles and state snowplows so far this winter season. The main causes have been drivers going too fast, driving to close to the plow and driver inattention according to Todd Stevens, acting state maintenance engineer. Last year there were 84 crashes involving drivers and MnDOT Snow plows. And the State Patrol reminds you that it is a law-you must have your headlights on when it’s snowing, as well as any other time when weather conditions impair visibility.

The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meetings this morning, the health and human services committee at 9 am and the board meeting at ten. The agenda today includes this year’s aquatic invasive species delegation agreement, the highway 71 detour agreement and the vacating of county road 4. Congressman Colin Peterson’s office will give a update and there’ll be various committee reports & an update on appointments. The meeting takes place at the Health and Human Services Building on north 71 in Willmar.

2 cases of Legionnaires disease are being investigated in Alexandria by the Minnesota Department of Health. Alomere Health Hospital has reported the two cases, dating back to last November. Legionnaire’s disease is a serious type of pneumonia, with symptoms that include fever and headache, chills & muscle aches, fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath and loss of appetite. It is a bacterial disease and people over 50 are more at risk. The Department of Health and the hospital in Alexandria is working on trying to find the source of the bacteria.

Last Friday around 4:30 the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center got a call about a fire in Miltona. The caller was reporting heavy smoke coming from the top of a side by side duplex at 148 4th Avenue. Renters were not at home, and firemen from Miltona, with help from Carlos and Parkers Prairie also responding to the scene. There was extensive damage to the kitchen and attic and smoke damage throughout the building. No official word yet on the cause of the fire.

Slippery roads have caused numerous accidents in recent days. 56 year old Wanda Beilke of Cosmos lost control of her SUV on highway 7 east of Cosmos Monday morning just after 6:30 am. She was taken to the Hutchinson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 58 year old Doug Fortune of Pipestone lost control on highway 212 a miles west of Bird Island yesterday around 2:30pm. His pickup went into the ditch and rolled. He was taken to the Olivia Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

And how not to stay warm, Willmar firemen and emergency crews were called out to a car fire around noon yesterday on U.S. Highway 71 Northeast. Drivers, since this past Sunday have rolled their vehicles into ditches, hit guard rails and utility poles, and hit each other on the icy and snow covered roads.
Police remind you to simply slow down, and don’t tailgate!


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