28 year old Tamara Mendoza of Willmar was arrested last Thursday night around 7:30 after an incident involving a knife on Cambridge Lane SE in Willmar. Police had responded to a call of a 20 year old woman with a cut on her leg. She was taken to Rice Hospital to be treated. Mendoza was arrested and charged with assault, threats of violence, criminal damage to property and interfering with a 911 call.

The Willmar City council meets tonight at 7 pm with a busy agenda including possible closed session to talk about the purchase of land to build a new city hall on. The land in downtown Willmar between Benson Ave. SW and highway 12, and 2nd and 3 rd streets SW includes half a block already owned by the city, and the other half owned by two others, each with an asking price of $100,000.00. Also on the agenda, bids for pool resurfacing at the Olson Aquatic Center, plans & specs for airport paving, and the search for an interim city administrator. The meeting tonight will be at the Health and Human Services Building at 7.

The Benson City Council meets at 5 pm today for a personnel meeting with the regular meeting set to begin at 5:30 in council chambers. Council members will discuss this year’s COPS grant, will consider the re- bidding process for Airport bids, more talk on Gustie’s road and a grant update, and will set the special City Council meeting concerning flood protection for June 19th .

The Centers for Disease control says that 52 people have fallen ill due to salmonella linked to backyard chickens. 5 of the 52 had to be hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Most of the people came in contact with chickens or ducklings that were obtained from hatcheries and agricultural stores. A number of states have reported the salmonella, stretching from Virginia to Texas, Arizona, Utah and 17 others. There have been no reports from Minnesota or our neighboring states. The CDC says it is recommended that you wash your hands after handling any live poultry.

The Minnesota DNR is taking thoughts and ideas through the end of May concerning updated management plans for ducks and pheasants. The ideas will form the basis of the DNR’s approach to management. Plans will focus on habitat, populations and outdoor recreation as they relate to ducks or pheasants. Go to the DNR website for info and follow the link to submit comments on the plans being formed.

The city of Olivia is continuing its plan this spring to provide boulevard trees to residents. 25 trees will be available this spring, and each resident can select one. Trees are first come first served. Stop by the Olivia City hall to fill out a form and view a list and pictures of trees available. You can also call the Olivia city office or info.

The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meet Tuesday morning at 9 am at the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. The agenda includes bid letting for 6” solid line paint. A bid will be awarded for the Lake Wakanda enhancement project. Also Pheasants Forever and the Bercheid Property Acquisition, a boat and water safety grant and committee reports are scheduled. Meeting time is 9 am.

Hunters who applied for a bear license in the quota area can find out beginning today if you were chosen to receive a license in the DNR preference drawing system. If selected, you’ll have until August 1 st to get your license. Any that are unpurchased will be sold over the counter August 6th . Also, an unlimited number of licenses in the no-quota areas are available. To see you were selected in the quota area go to the bear hunting page on the DNR website. The season runs from Sept. 1 st through Oct. 13th .

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