An accident Saturday night just before 8:30 pm in Lac Qui Parle County took the life of one person. The accident happened at county roads 59 and 24 with 5 people in the vehicles. 4 suffered injuries and were treated at the hospital in Madison. The 5th person, who had to be extricated from the vehicle with the use of the jaws of life, was airlifted to the Hennepin Co. Medical Center, and later died.

Saturday afternoon at 2:45 pm the Kandiyohi Co. Sheriff’s Office was called to a motorcycle, pickup accident in the 6000 block of 113th Ave. NE. The motorcycle driver, 28 year old Brandon Ritt of Spicer, and 24 year old passenger Mickenzie Kelash of Spicer, were hit by a pickup making a u-turn. The driver of the truck was 87 year old Robert Sietsema of Spicer. Ritt and Kolash suffered non-life threatening injuries. Ritt was airlifted to HCMC, Kelash was taken to Rice Hospital in Willmar.

A driver in a hurry caught the attention of the Kandiyohi Co. Sheriff’s Office Sunday morning around 2:45 am. The driver was going 96 mph on Highway 71 north of Willmar. A deputy followed the speeder, who turned west on County Rod 25 and ended up in King’s Lake near 1 st St. NE. The driver swam to shore, uninjured. No one else was in the car. The driver was taken to the Kandiyohi Co. Jail.

An accident 2 miles west of Sauk Centre Saturday just after noon injured 3 people. 19 year old Elizabeth Amelung of Sauk Centre made a left turn in front of a vehicle driven by 65 year old Bob Hens of Sauk Centre on county road 17. A passenger in the Amelung car, 13 year old Isaac Amelung, asuffered non- life threatening injuries. Hens also suffered non-life threatening injuries. They were treated at the Sauk Centre hospital.

No wake zones are in place due to high water around the area. In Kandiyohi Co. wakes are restricted with 300 feet of shore on Norway & West Norway, Games, Diamond, Green, Andrew, Calhoun and Nest Lakes and the middle ford Crow River. Restrictions on Meeker Co. Lakes include Lake Minnie Belle, Erie, Jennie & Belle Lakes. Due to the wake restrictions, the Little Crow Ski team had to cancel its show in New London last Friday night. And the weekend started off with an air quality alert last Friday. Open burning permits were shut off and while campfires were allowed, they were discouraged. Counties in the alert included Kandiyohi, Meeker, Swift, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Big Stone, Lac Qui Parle and others.

The Willmar City Council meets tonight with a special labor committee meeting at 6, and the council meeting at 7. At the labor meeting they could possibly take action on a recommendation for the interim city administrator position. The council meeting topics include the curling club agreement amendments, and licensing for a business concerning Robbins Island Park property for water toy rentals.

Motorists will encounter lane closures and flaggers on U.S. Highway 12 between highway 59 and the Swift/Big Stone County line beginning today through Thursday June 6th .
Crews will be completing excavations of survey monuments and 14 locations near the center line of highway 12 and at 6 locations on surrounding county roads.

Ridgewater College is no longer charging a $20.00 application fee, effective as of this past Saturday June first. The decision came after a lot of internal talk about reducing student barriers to getting a higher education. President Craig Johnson commented that they did not want an application fee discouraging anyone from applying at Ridgewater. The college is participating in Minnesota State week June 24-28, with extended hours Monday thru Thursday of 8 am to 6 pm to help students navigate the college process. A variety of personnel will be on hand to help students start and complete the application process.
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The world’s largest high school trap shooting conference championship will be held June 10th thru the 18th at Alexandria. Over 330 Minnesota high school teams and over 8500 students will be on hand in the novice, JV and varsity divisions.

State Representative Dean Urdahl of rural Grove City said he is pleased that most of the tax increases proposed by Governor Tim Walz and the House Majority were struck down in the process of setting a new two year state budget. Urdahl went on to say that there were victories in not only what was passed, but what was not passed. A former social studies teacher, Urdahl mentioned that he was happy to see a 2% increase for funding in each of the next two years for Minnesota’s K-12 system.

4 Renville County Businesses were recently awarded Business Innovation Grants from the Renville County HRA/EDA. Grants given to the Farmer’s Co-op Oil Company in Olivia, the Main Street Bar & Grill of Renville, Northland Lumber and Supply of Fairfax and Schultz
Electric of Hector will help them with a variety of expansion and update projects. The grant program was started in 2016 and are awarded quarterly.


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