The Willmar Fire Dept. was called to a garage fire in the 1300 block of Ella Ave. NW yesterday afternoon around 2:00. The garage, a detached single stall building, had smoke coming from the roof and the overhead garage door. Firemen contained the blaze in less than an hour. The building sustained smoke & fire damage, and a car inside was damaged as well. The cause of the fire is thought to be discarded cigarettes. There were no
injuries reported.

Willmar Police were busy this past weekend with a number of assault calls, with calls coming from Rice Hospital, where a person was in the E.R.; From 7th Ave. SE, and a couple from the 400 block of Litchfield Ave. SW.

A vehicle had its windshield broken early Saturday morning while headed north on highway 71. Police got the call around 6:30 am. The driver said they don’t know what hit it. No one was injured.

Thieves were busy in Willmar, with Haug Implement reporting a John Deere Compact Tractor last week between Wednesday and Friday. The tractor, with a loader and a back hoe on it, was valued around $25,000.00. And a trailer was stolen from Industrial Drive SW in the 200 block last Thursday night or Friday morning. It was reported on Sunday morning to
Willmar Police.

Last Saturday a vehicle was destroyed after catching fire while out “mudding” on private property on 154th street NE near Hawick. The vehicle had gotten stuck before catching fire.

With the NCAA men’s basketball finals in Minneapolis this Saturday & Monday, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota is urging people to be vigilant about buying tickets. With tickets going for anywhere from $165.00 to $31,000.00 through the NCAA ticket vender, scammers will more than likely be looking for an opportunity to score with fake tickets.
Sellers/Brokers can be checked out at www.bbb.org. Looking at a web address can save you-scammers like to use addresses that are very similar to legitimate ones. And check the refund policy before buying. Prices that are to low are a fraud indicator. Last year there were almost 400  ticket scam reports to the Better Business Bureau.

The Kandiyohi County commissioners meet today at 10 am. Bids area to be awarded for grading and aggregate base work and for a couple of bridge replacements in St. John and Mamre townships. A resolution for the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water district facility plan, a Woodland Centers Grant Approval and carious committee reports are all on the agenda.

Bruce Nustad, president of the MN Retailers Association, will be in Willmar at the Oaks on Friday from noon to 1:30 pm. He’ll discuss the current state of Minnesota’s Retail Industry and talk about today’s challenges and opportunities. Businesses in the area are urged to attend. RSVP by Wednesday to the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber.
www.willmarareachamber.com.

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