Minnesota Health Officials urge private well users to prepare for the chance that their well may flood. Contaminated wells pose a health risk. The Department of Health recommends having casings checked, having them extended higher than the expected flood level, make sure the grade around the well allows water to flow away from it, and use a watertight cap or cover if possible. Officials say that if floodwater reaches your well, assume that it is contaminated. If flood water comes within 50 feet of your well you should have the water in it checked.

Summer hours begin April first at the Kandiyohi county landfill north of Willmar. Hours will be Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm through the end of October. Costs vary at the landfill depending on what you’re hauling and what day you bring items to the landfill. Call ahead at 354-2707 if you have questions.

Over $300,000.00 in two competitive grant programs for Ag Education will be awarded this year from the Minnesota Ag Education Leadership council. Grants will be awarded in “strategic initiatives” and “common fund”. Application deadline is April 15 th and the apps can be found on-line at www.mn.gov/maelc/grants.html

32 year old Dane VanderVoort of Fairfax faces a number of felony charges after an incident at a woman’s home in Fairfax. It’s alleged that he held the woman and a friend at gunpoint and pointed the gun at an officer who answered a call from another person who’d gotten a text message. Bail Tuesday was set at $750,000.00 for VanderVoort, who has 9 charges
against him. He’ll be back in court April 5th .

Ronny Oleson of Olivia was in court on Monday on sexual assault charges against a girl under the age of 13 over a two year period. Oleson, 59, was arrested last Friday and will be back in court April 12th . He is facing 3 charges, two of them felonies.

There will be alternating lane closures on I-94 beginning today between the highway 27 and 29 interchanges near Alexandria. Crews will be clearing snow to prepare for projects that could begin next week. For real time traffic and travel info log on at: www.511mn.org.

Monday afternoon between two and two thirty the Kimball Fire Dept. was called to a building on fire on county road 150 in Stearns County. An off duty fireman happened to drive by and see smoke coming out. The building, a pole shed about a mile southwest of Kimball, was owned by Joe Borman and sustained moderate damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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