The Willmar School Board meets at 4:30 this afternoon in the Willmar Education and Arts Center board room. Along with appointments, resignations and retirements, the board will award contracts for the ALC Science Lab and Art room improvements and the tennis court rebuild. Make up days for school cancellations due to snow will also be discussed.

State Representative Tim Miller of Prinsburg reports that Wednesday is the day the Office of the Legislative Auditor will make public their findings on daycare fraud. This is the estimated $100 million dollars alleged to be defrauded through the childcare assistance program and sent to eastern African nations. The findings will have a great bearing on the issue moving forward according to Miller.

Open house style meetings to talk about deer and deer management with DNR area wildlife managers are coming up in March and April throughout Minnesota. A meeting in Marshall at the DNR office will be held March 18th from 5-7 pm. A meeting will be held on the 18th at the DNR wildlife office at Sibley State park west of New London. A meeting in Wheaten at the Traverse County Sportsmen’s club building will be held on March 28th from 9-11:30 am.

Police in Osakis continue to investigate a possible drive by shooting that happened last Tuesday. Police were approached by 2 people around 2 am who said they heard what sounded like gunshots around the 46 West Main St. area. The next morning bullet holes were found in the building in a window and a 2nd floor door of the apartment building. People were in the apartment but did not hear the shots. No one was injured. Police are looking for leads and believe there is no threat to the public, saying the shooter and people in the apartment knew each other.

Signs of spring and summer have been rare since this past Christmas, but this may help——-the Minnesota State Fair! The news may not be the best however-the state fair announced price hikes for tickets recently. Adults age 13 to 64 will pay $15.00. Kids 5-12 and seniors 65 & up $13.00. Kids 4 and under are free. This is for first price hike in 2 years, with officials saying rising costs in upkeep, facilities and more were the deciding factors. The state fair this year runs from August 22nd thru Labor Day September 2nd .

State Representative Paul Anderson of Starbuck says that in recent weeks upwards of 50 Ag buildings have collapsed due to heavy snow on the roods. Anderson is co-authoring legislation that would provide an additional five million to the rural finance authority to issue low or no interest loans to help farmers re-build.

The Alexandria city council meets in special session at 5 pm today to discuss the next steps for the Runestone Community Center, the budget committee report, the housing trust fund ordinance, and to talk about the snow removal/snow ordinance Policy and processes. The regular meeting begins tonight at 7 pm at council chambers. The long agenda includes licenses, special permits, a public hearing with the first reading of amendments to the home rule charter for Alexandria, and a number of reports.

Township meetings and elections will be held Tuesday around Minnesota. The state has 1781 townships and many will hold officer elections tomorrow. They’ll also vote on the annual tax levy and meet to discuss local issues.

State Senator Andrew Lange of Olivia says that legislation to re-name highway 23 between New London and Spicer as the “Ryan Clark Memorial Highway” will be going to the full senate for a vote. Clark, a New London native who graduated in 2007 from NL-S high school, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. He was part of the 57th Engineering Company at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The latest weekly flu update in Minnesota shows another 120 people hospitalized last week, bringing the total to 1184 for the season. 31 have died in the state due to the flu and flu complications. The Minnesota Dept. of Health says the flu is still considered widespread in the state.

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