25 year old Jawaanza Jones of St. Cloud and 21 year old Nate Roundtree of Franklin were in Chippewa County District Court Monday and will face 7 felony charges for allegedly going into a man’s home in Montevideo, threatening him with a gun and robbing him, then having him drive them to Clara City. The incident happened April 29th . The vehicle and the two were found at Donner’s restaurant/gas station. Friends at the home in Montevideo called 911 to report the incident. Jones will be in court again on Friday, and Roundtree on May 13th.

It’ll be the northeast corner of downtown Willmar for a new City Hall after Monday night’s council meeting. Mayor Marv Calvin said that a resolution was approved on a 6-1 vote with councilperson Audrey Nelson not taking part due to a conflict of interest. The city owns half the block which is now a parking lot. 2 other properties are on the block, one owned by the Nelson family. The only no vote came from Rick Fagerlie, who thought they should look into the old Hardware building downtown. The task force has said that that building did not meet the priorities they’d set forth. The city will now negotiate to buy the half of the block that sits between highway 12 and Benson Ave SW and 2nd & 3rd Streets SW.

A man was injured in a car accident around 10 am yesterday. 67 year old Tom Batters of Hoffman was on highway 27 near Holmes City when he started choking, swerved off the road and hit a tree. He was taken to the Alexandria Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Kandiyohi county officials say that spring load restrictions on roads will be lifted Friday morning at 12:01 am. 3 roads will have restrictions still in place. They include county road 136 from county road 17 to country road 20 northeast of Lake Lillian. County road 134 from county road 8 to county road 26 north of Lake Lillian. And county road 109 from county road 9 to county road 2. Those restrictions are in place until further notice. For more info you can call the Public Works Department for Kandiyohi County.

Senator Andrew Lang of Olivia will serve on the conference committee for the judiciary and public safety budget bill. The committee includes 5 members of each legislative body and is responsible for working out a compromise on the differences in the budget bills passed by the house and senate. In April the Senate passed a $2.385 billion dollar budget for public safety and judiciary, but unlike the house version, it did not include any gun control measures. Lang has said that he won’t compromise on any constitutional rights of the Minnesotans he represents.

The Minnesota Dept. of Health is reporting that 40% of Minnesota students have tried E-Cigarettes. Statistics show that the number of younger people trying cigarettes had been dropping for years, but in 2017 the number started rising again. The Dept. of Health attributes that to E-Cigarettes and the flavors they have that some say are meant to attract younger users.

MnDOT will host an open house for people to learn more about the Milan Bridge Project that is set to begin in about two weeks. The open house will be at the Milan City Hall later today from 5-6:30 pm. There’ll be a short presentation and 5:15 and lots of time to visit and ask questions. Construction should be done in November, weather permitting.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with 5th graders as they tour a couple of area dairy farms, contact the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Tours begin Thursday the 10th , and will also be held May 13th , 16th and 17th with around 400 area 5th graders attending. You can pick your day or days and also can pick either morning or afternoon.
Contact the Willmar Lakes area Chamber to sign up or get more info.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a shooting involving a Douglas County Deputy and a suspect. The incident happened just before 1 am yesterday in Kensington near the West Central Area South Elementary school. 3 Douglas County deputies and one from Grant County were on the scene, involved in an altercation with a man which resulted in a Douglas County Deputy using his gun. 2 Douglas County Deputies were treated for injuries at the hospital in Alexandria. The suspect was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for surgery on his wounds. The road in front of the school was closed and classes cancelled yesterday in Kensington. The incident was not connected to the school. The BCA is
processing the scene.

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