The Kandiyohi Co. Sheriff’s Office was called about a fire near Lake Lillian at a home. Passersby saw the blaze. The Lake Lillian Fire Dept. with help from Kandiyohi responded to the scene. The mobile home and two vehicles were a total loss. No one was injured. The incident was reported around 12:20 pm yesterday afternoon in the 12000 block of 154th Ave. SE.

22 year old Lateef Mahaffey of Willmar was sentenced to 45 months in prison this week. Mahaffey had pleaded guilty to first degree burglary and 2nd degree assault from an incident last July in Kandiyohi where he and two others went into a home, stole money and phones and pointed a gun at the residents. Mahaffey has multiple adjudications of delinquency and convictions on a variety of charges in his past.

Flood damages are reported at $1,174,797.00 so far in Lac Qui Parle County according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA says that more damage than what was originally thought was reported with those who applied for assistance coming from 22 of the 23 townships in the county.

With Memorial Day week-end almost here, the DNR reminds lakeshore owners that they should become familiar with dock regulations, something that has been in existence for a number of years, but not often thought about. Regulations are in place for public safety reasons, and for aquatic habitat. Requirements include dock width, platform square footage limits, and must not be a hazard to navigation. You can read up on the regs on the DNR website.

This week is Public Works week and the Willmar Public Works Department is hosting an open house today. The event will be from 4-6pm. The Willmar Pubic works office is located at 503-Industrial Drive Southwest in Willmar. There’ll be free food, equipment tours and more.

The Rice Health Foundation held their annual donor dinner recently at the Hospital in Willmar, thanking donors for their support. The Tradition of Caring Award went to Roger and Ruth Gauquie. They’ve lived in Willmar over 40 years with Roger serving on the board of Trustees for 9 years and Ruth being a volunteer for various events. The 2 have helped support many projects through their years. Also honored was Dr. Amy Ellingson and Johnathan Kreps, for completing their 9 years of service on the health foundation board of Trustees. The 12 member board works with the staff to increase awareness of the foundation, raise funds, and support quality local healthcare services.

A pre-summer survey of Minnesota lodging businesses revealed a positive feedback for summer travel statewide heading into the Memorial Day week- end according to “Explore Minnesota”. Over 36% of those responding said they expect summer occupancy to be up and 43% predict increased revenue compared to last year. Reasons for the good outlook included reservations already made, a good economy and marketing efforts. 222 lodging businesses completed the survey including hotels and motels, resorts, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts and vacation home rentals. The biggest challenges listed were the late spring and a shortage of workers.

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