The Kandiyohi Co. Sheriff’s Office was called to a one vehicle crash last night around 9:30 west of Spicer. 58 year old Lynette Noreen of Avon was headed north on County Road 9 and did not stop at the county road 10 “T” intersection. She drove about 75 yards into a slough by George Lake. The vehicle filled with water up to the middle of the driver’s door. Spicer firemen helped get her out and she was taken to Rice Hospital in Willmar. Police believe alcohol and distracted driving were factors in the crash.

State Senator Andrew Lang of Olivia says that legislation that would prohibit drivers from making phone calls outside of a hands free mode passed the full senate on a bipartisan vote. The legislation now awaits action by a conference committee, which will meet to work out any differences between the bills passed by the house and the senate. State law already bans texting, using email, and web browsing while driving.

Next week is severe weather awareness week with different topics each day devoted to thinking safety. Monday is all about alerts and warnings. Tuesday-severe weather and lightning & hail; Wednesday-floods; Thursday-Tornadoes; and Friday-extreme heat.
Tornado sirens will be activated on Thursday April 11th at 1:45 pm and 6:45 pm.

The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA has promoted Sarah Ruud to Membership Director. Ruud will continue her duties overseeing the Aquatic Dept. as well. She is a 15 year veteran of the YMCA in Willmar.

Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake has introduced legislation to allow electric Co-ops in Minnesota the option to join in cooperative group health plans. The bill follows legislation from 2017 that established ag coop health plans, which was signed into law by then Governor Dayton.


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