On Tuesday the Douglas County SWAT team executed a search warrant in the 2100 block of Fillmore in Alexandria. There has been an ongoing investigation related to the sale of drugs. 4 adults were arrested. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of heroin, meth, and other drugs with an estimated street value of over $15,000.00. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated.

5 more holding cells could be added to the Kandiyohi County Jail according to the Kandiyohi Co. Commissioners. Authorization to seek proposals will take place. Right now a preliminary sketch for how things might look is on the drawing board. Kandiyohi Co. Sheriff Eric Holein says it is something that’s been needed for a long time.

A survey from Monmouth University released this week shows that 45% of the public says they cannot pay their medical insurance deductibles and other out of pocket health care expenses. And more than 1 in 4 say that they or a family member skipped needed health care in the past 2 years because they could not afford it. Drug costs continue to be a big problem with net prices on 49 most popular brand name drugs rising by a median of 76% from January 2012 to December of 2017. The study was done by the Scripps Research Translational Institute. The current rebate system played a central role in driving up drug costs, incentivizing high list prices, relying on privately negotiated rebates to pharmacies.

MnDOT says parts of highway 67 near Granite Falls will remain closed due to an expanding fault line on the road. The crack is between county road B1 and 600th Street near the entrance to the Upper Sioux Agency State Park Entrance. The road has been closed since March and the crack is moving about one inch a day.

More serious charges are coming against two men charged in the death of a Forada man. 2nd degree murder charges were added against Troy Traut and Jacob Larsen in the beating death of Steve Hlinksy according to the Douglas County Attorney. Larsen was in court for a hearing this past Tuesday.

This week-end, Friday through Sunday, is “take a kid fishing” week-end in Minnesota. Minnesota Residents can fish without a license if they take kids 15 years old or younger out fishing. Kids 15 or younger do not need a license any time of the year. This week- end will make it easy for adults to get out with the youngsters and spend some quality time fishing. For those who are inexperienced, you can learn fishing basics and techniques on the DNR website. www.mndnr.gov/GoFishing.

An accident Tuesday afternoon just before 3 pm happened on Becker Avenue Southeast in Willmar. A female driver said she fell asleep before crossing the center line and hitting a parked car head on. The driver, who was cited for multiple offenses, was taken to Rice Hospital to be treated, and a passenger in the back seat was not hurt.

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