43 year old Dave Koskela of Sacred Heart was killed in a crash on highway 4, near Hector around 6 pm Saturday evening. He was headed north when a vehicle driven by 61 year old Steve Grussendorf of New Ulm crossed the center line and hit Koskela. Grussendorf, and a passenger in the Koskela vehicle, Duane Koskela, were injured.

An accident at highway 24 and county road 34 near Litchfield Monday injured 23 year old Sarah Larson of Willmar. Larsen pulled out from county road 34 and ran into a vehicle driven by 45 year old Mike Kryduba of Ramsey, who wasn’t hurt. 2 passengers in the Kryduba vehicle were injured and two others, were not.

Former Willmar mayor Frank Yanish passed away last Friday at his home in Sartell. Yanish was mayor from 2011-2014. He also owned Central Tire and Auto in willmarfor a number of years. A funeral service will be held at 11 am Thursday at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.

The Minnesota state Patrol reported a fatality that happened on I-94 near Fergus Falls last Friday around 11:40 am. A truck driven by 41 year old Shawn Ottum of Aurora, Colorado went into the ditch and rolled. Ottum was seat belted in and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Passenger Leslie Cline, 34, of Danville, Illinois was not belted in and died in the crash.

The Central Community Transit Operations Board will meet at 10 am today at the Willmar facility. They’ll have 2019 elections, a director’s update on ridership and financials, discuss the MnDOT 2 year contract and more. Meeting time is 10 am today.

Applications for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit Scholarships are now open according to the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. The summit will be held in Grand Rapids October 3 rd thru 5th . Apps can be submitted thru July 15th , 4:30 pm. Each person attending must apply, no group applications will be accepted. Funding is made available by Minnesota voters thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing Bill Blazer, a retired Senior Vice President of the Minnesota State Chamber, to Willmar on Thursday June 13th . Blazer will talk about the economic necessity of immigration reform what is driving increased immigration to the upper Midwest, along with the roles they play and importance to the areas development and growth. The meeting takes place from 7:30-9 am at the conference center in Willmar, And the presentation is free with required RSVP. Contact the Willmar chamber by June 12th . The event is on the 13th at the Conference Center.

Everyone has their happy place, and in Minnesota Carver county and Scott County are extremely happy. According to a Smart Asset survey, Carver County is the Happiest County in the entire country and Scott County is the 8th happiest! Money can maybe make people happy but 8 other metrics were used in the survey including unemployment, poverty, marriage, divorce, bankruptcy, life expectancy and physical activity rates. A total of 980 counties were looked at across the country with populations of at least 50,000. The Midwest ranked well with counties from Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota also making the top ten!

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