Spring road restrictions in the City of Willmar begin today. Restrictions will probably be in effect until early May. Call the City Engineer’s Office at 235-4202 or log on to see a map of restrictions at: www.willmarmn.gov

The Kandiyohi County Management and Public Works are providing free sand and sandbags for Kandiyohi County residents. A distribution station is set up in the parking lot behind the community center on north business 71. It will be open until the supply runs out. Bring a shovel to fill the bags, which should be filled about half full. Call the emergency management office at 235-5133 extension 3804 for info.

State Representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City reports that the Minnesota House approved legislation authorizing 0% interest loans for farmers through the rural finance authority’s disaster recovery loan program. Over 70 barns have collapsed due to heavy snow. The senate has passed legislation on this and the bill now awaiting the governor’s signature.

You may have to change your habits while driving if you’re one who has a phone in your hand. The Minnesota House is expected to vote Monday on a bill that would ban hand held phones while driving. Minnesota is one of 47 states that ban texting while driving and the new law, if passed, would allow voice-activated and hands free devices, but ban hand held phones from being used. For more on distracted driving, tune in Sunday at 7:30 am on AM 1590 and FM 105.7 for community roundtable, with Kandiyohi County Sheriff Eric Holein and Steph Felt from the Sheriff’s Office as well, talking about distracted driving.

Here’s a sign of spring—open water fishing. The DNR says that anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015. Anglers can keep one walleye from 21-23” long or one over 28” long from Saturday May 11 thru Friday May 31 st . A night closure for the walleye season is in effect on Mille Lacs from 10 pm to 6 am beginning May 13th . Walleye catch and release will begin June first.

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