A water leak in Pennock is causing problems. Mayor Kevin Crowley says water in the community will be off today. The leak is located on the southeast side of Pennock.

A 58 year old man was found dead behind the Lakes Area Inn, formerly the Cedar Inn in Starbuck on Sunday afternoon. A 911 call came in around 3pm. EMTs and others could not revive him. Police determined that the man had been shoveling snow, and a family member said that the man had heart issues. The body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

Senator Torrey Westrum of Elbow Lake has received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business Minnesota organization. The group has 10,000 members statewide and honored Westrum due to his support of small businesses in the Minnesota senate. He received a 100% rating for his efforts in the 2017-2018 sessions.

Area Sheriff’s Departments remind you that “text to 911” is and has been available throughout Minnesota since 2017. Text to 911 is a great option for deaf and hard of hearing people who cannot make a voice call. And it is a valuable tool for someone who may be unable to make a call due to being in danger and have to remain quiet or discreet.
A reminder that people using text to 911 will need to give an exact location as it does not have the accuracy of a traditional 911 call. Sheriff’s offices statewide remind you to call if you can, text if you can’t!

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office was called out to Green Lake last night around 6 pm where a pickup went partially through the ice. Two people in the truck, 30 year old Troy Nelson of New London and 32 year old Allen Hillstrom of Spicer were able to get out ok and were not hurt.

Police executed a search warrant in Granite Falls Monday night around 7:30 pm in the 700 block of 7th street to arrest a known felon in possession of a hand gun. The suspect, 32 year old Josh Kenny briefly pointed a hand gun at the officers then at himself, threatening to do harm. After an hour of negotiations he gave up and is now in jail facing a number of charges and warrants from other counties as well.

29 year old Josie Donner of Clara City was injured yesterday when her SUV skidded on icy roads into the path of a semi rig driven by 23 year old Patrick Wendinger Jr. of Fairfax. The accident happened on County Road One south of Renville around 8:30 yesterday morning. Donner suffered non-life threatening injuries.

An accident on highway 23 injured 2 yesterday morning around 8 am. 39 year old Josh Schaefer of Hanley Falls and 41 year old Justin Gylling of Tyler collided on icy roads at an intersection south of Hanley Falls. They were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

There was a fatal accident this morning on highway 27 in Douglas County. Two cars hit head on in the Holmes City area. Drivers included a 77 year old man from Hoffman and a 54 year old woman from Hoffman. The 77 year old man crossed the centerline and hit the woman’s vehicle. The state Patrol, along with deputies & EMS personnel responded. More info will be released Thursday according to the State Patrol.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Clay and Wilkin counties in western Minnesota beginning later today and into tonight and tomorrow. Other area counties continue to be in a winter weather advisory. Varying amounts of snowfall, and blowing snow with strong west/northwest winds will make travel difficult in many areas. MnDOT and the State Patrol remind you to make sure your headlights are on. It is the law in Minnesota during inclement weather.

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