The Willmar city council put the brakes on “no parking” due to narrow streets and all the snow this winter. The city charter says that a super majority of at least 6 votes is needed to make such a move. 2 council people were absent last night, and the remaining vote went 5-1 with Rick Fagerlie voting against the parking restrictions the public works dept. and public safety committee had moved forward with on 2nd , 3rd, 4th and 5th streets SE. Fagerlie proposed a citywide snow ordinance, which other council members and departments said would be nearly impossible to make work. For now, it’ll be up to city residents to take it upon themselves to move cars off the streets if they want their street plowed.
A number of vehicles left on the streets and covered in snow are now being cited for being abandoned by Willmar police. A total of at least seven thus far. Vehicles from the southwest side of town to a number of them on the northwest side have been ticketed.
Luis Gallegos, age 36 of Willmar, currently serving a prison sentence for first degree drug sale, had his conviction upheld by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Gallegos had said that evidence taken from his home should have been suppressed. The court felt otherwise. He is serving a sentence of over 5 years.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meet today at 9 am for health and human services issues, and at 10 am to go over bid letting, a drainage hearing, drug court graduation, and discuss advertising for the Manager Position for the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed district board. Also on the schedule, committee reports, appointments, and a couple of drainage hearings. The board meets today at the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar.
With ice fishing winding down for many, for DNR reminds you to check out the new regulations around the state, including a continuous season on South Dakota border waters, including Big Stone, Traverse, Mud and Hendricks lakes. Also changes for walleye fishing on larger lakes like Leech, Lake of the Woods, and Kabetogama. Page 7 of the regulations booklet details what is new for 2019. The booklet is on line and available where fishing licenses are sold.
There’ll be an open house in Willmar later today, 3:30-5 pm at the Kandiyohi County Public works on highway 12 east. The public is invited to see a proposed project for county road 8 from south of Kandiyohi, from county road 4 to county road 20. You’re invited to see the design and ask questions about the work. The open house is today from 3:30 until 5 pm, at 1801 highway 12 E. in Willmar.
There’ll be summer and fall roadwork in Maynard and Clara City this year.. County road 4 is slated to be realigned in Maynard at an estimate of $2 million. County road 2 in Clara City will be getting new pedestrian ramps and a new bridge for around $340,000. More work on the road is also on the schedule.
The Minnesota Dept. of Human Services says that $6.5 million has been awarded for nursing home improvements around the state. The money will be distributed over 2 years in this, the 12th round of funding since 2006. Receiving funds will be Carris Health in Willmar, Monarch care with homes in Alexandria and Litchfield. Also RenVilla in Renville, West Wind Village in Morris and the Browns Valley care center.
Domestic assault has no age limit. Litchfield Police arrested a 60 year old woman Saturday night around 7 pm for domestic assault and disorderly conduct. The woman, arrested at an East 5th Street residence, was taken to the Meeker County Jail to await an appearance in court.
Senator Andrew Lang of Olivia recently gave an update on various bills he’s been working on. His legislation to expand broadband in undeserved communities is making its way through the committee process. Committee hearings are in full swing with several of his bills being looked at, including funding for grants to various entities to promote the Veteran’s Voices program. Also a renewal of funding for the Rural Finance Authority, and a bill to modify the existing disabled vets homestead exclusion related to the surviving spouse, to eliminate the 8 year limit. Lang’s bill to provide compensation to businesses affected by the Benson Power Plant was heard in committee as well.