The man who drowned after falling out of his boat late Wednesday afternoon on Lac Qui Parle Lake was identified as 60 year old Richard Abel of Maynard. 2 fishermen had noticed an empty boat about a mile south of the Milan Bridge and called authorities around 3:40 pm Wednesday afternoon. Abel was found offshore in the Dahlen’s Bay area.

CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force agents executed a search warrant Wednesday at a home in Cokato. The Wright Co. Sheriff’s Office and DEA agents were also involved. 2 people were arrested after over 400 marijuana plants and several pounds of harvested marijuana were seized. The harvested product was packaged and ready for sale. Police report that this is the 2nd large scale operation in the past year located in the Dassel-Cokato area. Last year over 1400 plants were seized from a Dassel home.

Willmar Police will be conducting readiness drills today at Community Christian School on 19th Ave. SW. School is not is session and you may see a number of emergency vehicles and personnel with training weapons on school property. Willmar Police request that the public remain off the property for safety reasons today while the training is going on.

With weather warming up, fishermen will be hoping the Muskie bite will be warming up as well. Saturday June 1 st is the opening date for this season’s Muskie fishing. The minimum size limit is 54 inches long. Minnesota is a state known as a Muskie fishing destination and despite the challenges of pursuing the trophy fish, about 1 in 6 resident anglers give it a try at least once a season.

Yesterday morning the Kandiyohi Co. Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident at the County Road 2, County road 23 intersection. A semi driven by a 61 year old man from Buffalo Lake collided with a pickup driven by a 60 year old Fairfax man. The pickup driver was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. The semi driver was not hurt. The crash remains under investigation.

There’s a recall being done by ALDI grocery stores involving specially selected paleo maple almond granola due to the potential presence of a foreign material. The product was sold in an 8 ounce pouch with best by dates of 1/22/20 and 1/23/20. You can discard it or bring it to the store for a refund.

Ridgewater College in Willmar is offering motorcycle training courses. Steph Felt and Rick Loge, who were on our community roundtable show a couple weeks ago, mentioned that courses will include basic, intermediate, advanced and expert rider courses. Felt said that increased training, even for those who’ve been riding a years, can help reduce the odds of fatal accidents. For info, go to: www.ridgewater.edu

State Senator Andrew Lang of Olivia reports that he and other Republicans were pleased with investments made in education, transportation and health care without asking tax payers for more money. Lang said the budget compromise meets the needs of Minnesotans, and while the state is still on an unsustainable spending path, reaching a compromise was big in the state that has the only divided legislature in the nation. Minnesotans will see the first middle class income tax cut in nearly 20 years, going from 7.05% to 6.8%. Minnesotans will also see the state’s tax laws conform to the federal tax code, easing the extra steps required for tax filing.

There’ll be a birthday bash at Sibley State Park west of New London on Saturday June 8th as the park celebrates 100 years. There’ll be a variety of events from 9 am until 4 pm including live music, old fashioned baseball, a voyageur canoe paddle, and free admission for all to enter the park, no annual sticker required. The park is looking for volunteers to help with fishing activities, a scavenger hunt, paper making and more. Call or stop by Sibley State park for more info.

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