An injunction has been filed against the Willmar city hall project and mayor Marv Calvin. Former mayoral candidate Zeke Dahl filed paperwork in an effort to stop the project, which he says costs too much and isn’t needed as repairs to the current building could be done for a lot less. Dahl wants the court to appoint a mediator, and get impartial estimates. He also wants to form an exploratory committee that he would oversee, get volunteers of his choosing and says they would be totally impartial with any findings reported to the court.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office reports that a woman fled two men early yesterday morning after leaving the bowling alley in New London with them. After feeling unsafe in a vehicle, she grabbed the steering wheel and the car went into a ditch on highway 9 northeast. She ran to a house that had a light on, went into the garage and honked a car horn, then rang a door bell and went into the house to get away. The incident happened between 3-4 am and no other details were disclosed.
A 3 vehicle crash injured 3 near Litchfield yesterday around 2 pm. A truck driven by 19 year old Elijah Rasmusssen of Willmar didn’t stop at the sign at highways 24 & 12 and hit a semi driven by 61 year old Dennis Wall of Paynesville. They also hit an SUV driven by 72 year old Warren Kelm of Darwin. Kelm, Rasmussen, and a passenger, 25 year old Jesse Taylor suffered non- life threatening injuries. Wall was not hurt.
MnDOT reminds drivers to be aware of large and slow moving farm equipment on gravel roads and highways. Planting season is starting to ramp up, and alot of the equipment can take up more than one lane of the road. In the last 3 years there have been 386 crashes involving farm equipment, with 6 deaths and 166 injuries. Speed and inattentive driving were the biggest factors in those crashes. MnDOT reminds farmers to have lights on and flashers going be more visible and to consider using a follow vehicle, especially at night.
The Minnesota Dept. of Human Services is reporting a shortage of Foster Care parents for children in crisis. The number of children in the foster care system has gone up from 11,500 six years ago to 16,500 last year. Foster parents can be married or single, a homeowner or renter, and with or without your own kids. Training is provided along with support offered along the way. May is Foster Care Month, and for more information about getting involved and helping out, log on to the Minnesota Dept. of Human Services website.
MnDOT reminds anglers to plan ahead this fishing opener week-end with roads closed to flooding, and construction zones around all areas of the state. In our area, I-94 near Lake Latoka by Alexandria has single lane traffic in both directions and the rest area is closed. There is work going on in Elbow Lake on highways 55,59,79. Highway 12 between highway 75 and county road 36 is closed due to flooding. Highway 55 from Annandale to Maple Lake is closed. And there is road work on highway 119 between highway 40 and county road 34. 119 is closed in that stretch with detour signs up. Go to www.511mn.org for road construction info.
Midnight tonight’s the time—-the walleye and northern fishing opener! With 4500 of our lakes considered fishable, the DNR reminds you that they provide detailed info on “DNR LakeFinder” on their website. Minnesota also has about 16,000 miles of fishable rivers, including 3800 miles of trout streams. Fishing contributes $2.4 Billion to the state’s economy in direct retail sales. The DNR reminds you to have your license on you. New licenses can be found at a number of retail outlets, as well as online or by phone. And there are new regulations as always. Pick up a booklet or look online. The fishing opener is generally considered the start of the summer travel season.
The latest Minnesota food recalls include P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Fried Rice. Parent company Conagra says misbranding and an undeclared allergen, milk, is not declared on the label. The items have best by dates of Sept. 26th 2019 and April 5th 2020. And Tyson foods is recalling nearly 12 million pounds of frozen ready to eat chicken strip products that may have metal in them. The chicken, made under many brand names has use by dates of Oct. 1 st 2019 to March 7th 2020. Look for the number P-7221 on the back of the packaging. Consumer complaints alerted the Tyson Company with some people saying they needed oral surgery.