Sunday night just before 10 pm the Willmar Fire Dept. was called to a house fire in the 400 block of Augusta Ave. SE. They discovered a fire in the kitchen area with heavy smoke and high heat. The damage was contained in the kitchen area while some smoke and water
damage happened elsewhere. There was one injury as a man jumped from the 2nd floor window to get out and hurt his arm. Cause of the fire was believed to be a cooking accident.

A name has been released in an accident that happened Saturday night around 8:30 pm in Lac Qui Parle County. 63 year old Cheryl Klefsaas of rural Bellingham was killed in the two vehicle crash as the intersection of county roads 24 & 59. Her vehicle collided with one driven by Alan Erdman. 4 people in the wreck were taken to Madison, treated and released.

An accident early yesterday morning injured 2 people. The wreck, around 5:40 am in yellow Medicine County happened at the County Road 5—Highway 59 intersection. A car driven by 51 year old Titus Perry of Canby ran the stop sign at 59 and hit a vehicle driven by 43 year old Rony Villalta of Clarkfield. Both drivers were treated at the Granite Falls Hospital.

A 5 vehicle accident on I-94 near Alexandria injured one person yesterday forenoon around 11 am. A car was slowing for construction work in the west bound lanes when it was rear-ended, causing a chain reaction of crashes. One vehicle went into the east bound lane and hit a vehicle there. Injured was 62 year old Mark Trumm of Alexandria. His injuries were non-life threatening. Other drivers were from Fargo, Ashby, Virginia and Canada.

A crash in Willmar last Friday night around 6:30 injured two people on 19th Ave. Se.
The crash was head on and one person had to be extricated from a vehicle. Both drivers were taken to Rice Hospital.

Willmar police reported a crash at the Robbins Island Park entrance Saturday night. Two vehicles were headed north with the person in the right hand lane suddenly turning left to go into the park, hitting the vehicle in the left lane. 2 people were taken to Rice Hospital.

A driver got stuck on railroad tracks on the west side of Willmar Friday evening near 30th St. NW and highway 12. The police report said the driver was making a left turn in front of traffic, overcorrected and wound up on the tracks and got stuck. The vehicle was towed away and the driver was treated at the scene.

The Midwest Farm Energy Conference will be held at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris July 10th and 11th . The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jerry Hatfield, director of the USDA ARS national Lab for Agriculture and the Environment. The keynote dinner will be July 10th . The conference will showcase energy efficient systems for Ag production, from crops to swine and dairy. You’ll also be able to view solar systems, electric vehicles and equipment upgrades. Contact the West Central Research and Outreach center for conference info.

The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture is offering a number of workshops around the state. “Navigating Conflict & tough Conversations in Agriculture”, a workshop designed to help Ag Pro’s navigate situations. Workshops will include help and discussion on anxiety, conflict, change and more. A workshop will be held in Marshall at SW State July 8 th from 9-12. There’ll be a workshop in St. Cloud at the Tech/Community College July 10 th , also from 9-12. There is no charge, but registration is required. Contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture through their website for info.

State Rep Dave Baker of Willmar reports that the Tax Omnibus bill had language in it, authorizing Willmar’s Local Option Sales Tax that voters had overwhelmingly approved last November. The money raised is expected to fund a number of things including a new community center, improvements at Swanson field and Robbins Island and a storm water management project. Baker also invites the public to reach out to him with ideas and concerns at: www.rep.dave.baker@house.mn.

The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meets today, health and human services committee at 9, and the board meeting at ten. The agenda includes bid letting with Colleen Thompson, director of the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District, and Public Works Director Mel Odens, reclamation and bridges. Also Sheriff Eric Holein on the project for jail remodeling, a nuisance abatement hearing concerning Jason Dahlberg from Gary Geer, the Environmental Services Director, an update on Lake Wakanda and more.

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