Spring road restrictions have been lifted in the city of Willmar. Most road restrictions have been lifted for the county as well, with the exception of 3 county roads. For info call the public works office at 235-4252 in Willmar.

State Representative Dave Baker of Willmar was recently named Minnesota Psychiatric Society’s 2019 Paul Wellstone Advocacy award winner. The award is given to individuals who have displayed long-term commitment to advocacy for Minnesotans with mental illness. Baker accepted the award at a recognition dinner in St. Paul May 4th .

The Willmar School Board meets at 4:30 this afternoon at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. Along with leave requests, resignations and retirements on the agenda, the board will approve the 2019-2020 elementary and middle school student handbooks and go over business and finance items.

The MACCRAY school board meets tonight and is expected decide on whether or not to have another bond referendum this coming November. Two proposals are being looked at again, a single campus in Clara City or keeping the 3 school system with buildings in Clara City, Raymond and Maynard. The single school plan in Clara City is just shy of 40 million dollars, cost to keep the 3 school plan is just over 34 million.The current single school plan is similar to one that voters didn’t pass in 2017, failing by 105 votes. Voters turned down plans in 2014 and 2018 as well. Last year the 3 school plan failed by 258 votes. Back in 2014 the plan failed by 334 votes.

The Minnesota Dept. of Transportation has closed a part of Highway 67 Southeast of Granite Falls. The pavement has fractured apart, much like what would happen in an earthquake. Officials say underground movement is causing the fissures. It’s also affecting a gravel road and trails in the area. Splits in the road are as big as 2 feet across.
The D.O.T. is boring holes to drop down sensors and will try to record what is happening and how a fix might be made. DOT officials say wet conditions likely have played a big part in the underground movement.

Former Willmar candidate for Mayor Zeke Dahl has had his request to waive filing fees in a possible lawsuit against the city of “Willmar’s city hall project, and Mayor Marv Calvin, denied by a judge who called the action frivolous based on the motion and affidavit from Dahl. There’ll be no hearing on the lawsuit until fees are paid. The case will be closed if they’re not paid. Dahl says he thinks the city hall project is a financial burden and unnecessary.

Power lines were down in Raymond early last Friday morning after a driver hit a power pole not far from highway 23 on Babcock Avenue east. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle. Traffic was rerouted. The accident happened around 6:45 am last Friday morning.

39 year old Anthony Kelland of Cambridge was sentenced to 29 months in prison for trying to bribe a witness in a Renville County burglary case from 2017. Kelland was offering money to a woman set to testify against him and made numerous attempts to get her to not testify. Kelland will serve at least two thirds of the 29 months and then go on supervised release.

Road work begins today on highway 28/29 from Glenwood to Starbuck. The road will be closed with resurfacing, widening of shoulders and left turn lanes at Golf Course Road will be done. The detour will be using highway 29 south to Starbuck to county road 18 and highway 104. Access to businesses and homes will be maintained and drivers should watch for directional signs as they may change periodically.

Last week the Minnesota Senate approved Senator Andrew Lang’s bill to designate a part of highway 23 from New London to Spicer as the Ryan Clark Memorial Highway. Lang, a Republican from Olivia, said it passed with unanimous support. Clark lost his life in Afghanistan in 2010.

Bipartisan legislation chief authored by Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake to expand guidelines authorizing EMTs, AEMTs and Paramedics in Minnesota to administer prescription meds to people in lifesaving situations unanimously passed the Senate last week. Current law does not allow it. The idea was brought forth by 14 year old Alexis Lohtka of Morris and her mom. The teen needs lifesaving meds during situations due to a rare disease called Addison’s and having EMTs being able to administer proper drugs during a situation can be lifesaving. The bill now heads to the governor for his signature into law.

Redwood County authorities say that a farming accident took the life of a man early last Friday morning. Orlean Stage was found unresponsive at his family farm and later died from his injuries. Officials have not released any further information about how the accident happened.

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