Snow, ice and slick roads were partly to blame for accidents Wednesday and yesterday.
Wednesday around 1:50 pm, 32 year old Mohamed Abdullahi lost control of his car while headed south on 5th st. He ran into a couple of parked vehicles then struck 35 year old Jesse O’Brien, who was cleaning snow from a vehicle. O’Brien suffered non-life threatening injuries. Abdullahi was cited for careless driving.

Thursday afternoon just before 2 pm, a chuck of ice came off a semi rig and hit the windshield of a pickup driven by 34 year old Craig Severson of Carlos. The incident happened southwest of Willmar on highway 23 near county road 5. The ice came through the trucks windshield. Severson suffered non-life threatening injuries. The name of the semi driver was not reported.

There’ll be vintage snowmobile racing on Lake Minnewaska Saturday. Sleds from around the country along with fans will be on hand, with racing on a groomed track in front of the ballroom. Participants will be trying to win one of two traveling trophies. Races begin at noon on Saturday.

The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual meeting and volunteer appreciation event today at noon at the conference center in Willmar. Awards given out include the MILO Award, going to James Milles of the United Way of West Central Minnesota. The emerging young leader award going to Christina Boike of Christianson’s, and the Exemplary Leadership award, going to the Willmar Rotary club. Membership milestone recipients will be recognized along with the retiring chamber board.

At its annual meeting on February 23 rd in Grand Rapids, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association members voted to support a number of critical legislative initiatives intended to help protect the state’s wild deer herd from chronic wasting disease. MDHA Executive Director Craig Engwall agrees that CWD is the biggest threat to deer in Minnesota and across the country. Over 40 deer have tested positive in southeastern Minnesota, and now a deer has been found positive north of Brainerd in Crow Wing County. A number of initiatives to fight CWD have been brought forward and Governor Tim Walz has $4.57 million in his budget proposal to help the fight.

Minnesota is the state of hockey, and 2 men have broken a Guinness Book of World Records event—-“longest hockey pass”! Zach Lamppa of Detroit Lakes passed the puck 904 feet and three inches to Minnesota Hockey legend Tom Chorske, breaking the old record of 894 feet. The record pass took place last November on clean early season ice on Lake of the Isle in Minneapolis. Regulation equipment was required along with a survey crew and officials. Lamppa is the father of 4 hockey players, and Chorske starred for the Minnesota Gophers and is a Stanley Cup Champion. The record breaking pass is on YouTube video.

Minnesota Farmers can now get help form the Rural Finance Authority’s Restructure Loan Program if they have good credit but are having trouble with cash flow. The program is available for refinancing debt related to Ag activities only and requires a collateral of a first mortgage on farm real estate among other requirements. For more information on the program go to the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture website.

The Minnesota FFA Alumni Association has announced its 2019 FFA hall of Fame class, totaling 9 inductees. The class includes Neil Pearson of the Willmar FFA. Judy Barka of Watkins, past FFA Alumni Association President whose husband Randy teaches in the Ag Dept. at Ridgewater College. And Doug Hoseck of Hector, retired Ag instructor who taught in Hector. The induction ceremony will be the night of Monday April 29th during the 90th State FFA Convention in the Twin Cities.


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