The MACCRAY school board met Monday night had voted 4-2 to go ahead with a school bond referendum on the ballot in November. The proposal will be for a single campus in Clara City with the cost around $40 million dollars. If passed, the Economic Development Authority of Clara City says they will finance the 500 seat auditorium at a cost of almost $6 million and lease it to the school. The school will also be asking voters to renew a per pupil operating levy of $1,103.03. The MACCRAY district has voted down bond referendums 3 times dating back to 2014, whether it’s been a 3 town school set up or the single school in Clara City.
Willmar Police reported a freak accident that happened at Culver’s Restaurant Monday afternoon just after 5 pm. A patio umbrella came loose with the gusty winds, and flew into the driver’s side window of a car. The umbrella shattered the window of the vehicle, sending glass in and around the minivan. The woman was shaken up but not injured.
With another fishing opener in the books, “Explore Minnesota” has announced that next year’s Governor’s Opener will be held in Ottertail County with Thumper Pond Resort serving as event headquarters. The county, 2200 square miles in size, has 1,048 lakes, more than any other county in the United States. 11% of the county is water. Next May will be the 73 rd annual governor’s opener event.
The Willmar area lakes association’s annual meeting will be held next Wednesday May 22nd at the Willmar Community Center on North Highway 71 across from Robbins Island Park at 5:30. Topping the agenda will be combating invasive species and improving water quality. There’ll be exhibits set up from the city of Willmar, the DNR, the MPCA and others. A program will begin at 6 pm. The association is working on plans to remove curly leaf pond weed, and last winter over 60,000 pounds of carp were removed from Willmar Lakes.
Minnesotans with ATVs registered for private or Ag use will not need to pay the additional registration fee to ride Minnesota’s pubic ATV trails June 7th through 9th . And out of state riders can ride that weekend also, without paying the nonresident trail pass fee. Erika Rivers, DNR Parks and Trails Division Director says it’ll be a great week-end to showcase the state and the grant-in-aid trails around the state. This is the 4th year for the free access program for the state’s over 3,000 miles of trails.
Friday July 19th is the date for the annual Relay for Life of Kandiyohi County. The site this year is Taunton Stadium in Willmar with the opening ceremony at 6 pm, followed by the survivor lap, then the ball game at 7:05. There’ll be fundraising activities including a silent auction, a survivor dinner and also the luminaria ceremony. Go to www.relayforlife.org/kandiyohiMN for info.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office was called to an ATV accident yesterday just after 12 noon in the 2000 block of 45th Ave. SE. 43 year old Amy Monson was injured when the ATV hit a soft spot on the gravel driveway and tipped. Monson fell off and suffered head, back, arm and other injuries. She was treated at Rice Hospital in Willmar.