Heavy snow and narrow streets are not a good mix, especially with vehicles parked on those streets. The city of Willmar is putting up no parking signs on 2nd , 3rd , 4th and 5th streets Southeast in Willmar. The roads, narrow to begin with, are now worse due to all the snow, and no parking will be allowed until the snow is gone this spring.

The Willmar City Council meets tonight at 7 pm at the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. They will consider the approval of a resolution to establish residential, seasonal no parking restrictions; a resolution to support a grant application for local trail connections. And public hearings will be held on amending the zoning ordinance in regards to the technology district and on the planning and development department fees.

Friday afternoon a train derailed north of Alexandria near Carlos. There were no injuries and no other issues. Over 10 railroad cars were involved. The train was carrying grain and potash.

A 2 vehicle accident on I-94 in Douglas County Friday morning around 10 am injured Al Pranke of Jamestown, North Dakota, along with a passenger, Pam Pranke. They were trying to pass a MnDOT plow truck when they hit the plow in white out conditions. The two suffered non-life threatening injuries. The plow driver, Chris Ranweiler of Alexandria was not injured.

An accident at the intersection of county road 5 and 19th Ave. SW. in Willmar on Friday afternoon seriously injured a woman. She was turning of county road 5 onto 19th Av. SW and pulled in front of a semi around 2:30 pm Friday. She was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. The semi driver was not hurt. Names were not released.

Two Willmar men driving near Morton on highway 71 last Thursday night suffered non-life threatening injuries when they hit a deer. The two were identified as Hudeife Mire, a 17 year old, and 19 year old Adnan Muhumed. The accident happened around 7 pm.

18 year old Kori Denhartog of Belgrade suffered non-life threatening injuries Friday forenoon around 11:30 am when she rear-ended a vehicle driven by 30 year old Steve Spanier of Belgrade. The accident happened on highway 71  on slippery roads.

Police report that the Lake Lilian Post Office was hit by a truck overnight last Wednesday. The building suffered what they called “significant” damage. Deputies were able to talk to everyone involved.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the CEE-VI drug and gang task force recovered a stolen vehicle from Duluth, found in Spicer last Friday. There were two people in it, an adult and a juvenile who were taken into custody.

A number of nationwide food recalls in the past few weeks include products in stores around Minnesota. They include concord fresh success mild salsa, Victoria Marinara Sauce, TV Foods Golden Boy frozen fish products, Boston Market boneless pork ribs and Russ Davis crazy fresh chicken products. Recalls were made for a variety of reasons, from undeclared allergens, foreign matter contamination to not being presented for import re-inspection. Any items you have should be taken back to the store you got them at, or simply throw them out!

The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources reminds you that the end of today is the day for fish houses to be off lakes. This is for the southern two thirds of Minnesota. The deadline for the northern third of the state is Monday march 18th . After the removal dates, shelters can remain on the ice from midnight to one hour before sunrise when occupied or attended. Storing or leaving shelters at public accesses is not permitted. The DNR reminds you to pick up after yourself on the ice, leave your area clean!

And while it may still be winter, noxious weeds are in the news. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture reports that 4 species of weeds are now on the state eradicate list for the first time in 6 counties. Locally, palmer amaranth was found in Redwood County, and poison hemlock was found in Chippewa County. Governor Tim Walz is proposing a $1.8 million dollar investment in the MDA’s noxious weed program to help battle the invasive weeds.


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