Motorists on U.S. Highway 12 northwest of Appleton are being re-routed due to a multi-vehicle crash between mile markers 20 & 21. Police think it may be noon or 1 pm before the road is re-opened.

39 year old Richard Ahlbrecht of Grove City was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge for lighting a woman’s hair on fire. He also threw lawn mowers at the woman. The incident happened in August of 2018, and he has other domestic assaults on his record according to police. Ahlbrecht will serve a sentence of 1 year and 9 months.

MnDOT will be hosting two open houses Tuesday June 18th, in Cottonwood and Granite Falls to inform people about the upcoming highway 23 road work from Cottonwood to Granite Falls. The meeting at the Cottonwood Community Center will be from 4:30-5:30 pm and in Granite Falls the meeting at the Kilowatt Community Center will be from 6-7 pm. MnDOT officials will be on hand to talk about the project and the detour that’ll be set up and also answer questions. The road work will include resurfacing, constructing left turn lanes, and realigning Lyon County Road 9 in Cottonwood, and updating the highway 23/212 intersection in Granite Falls.

32 year old Jermiah Shoutz of Grove City will be spending one and a half years in prison for choking and strangling a woman in March. Shoutz was sentenced on a felony charge in Meeker County District Court, and will also pay fines and court fees.

According to the Minnesota Supreme Court, there is a petition looking for disciplinary action against a Willmar lawyer for helping a client hide various assets. The petition seeks the action against Attorney Greg Anderson, who was representing James Rothers of Kerkhoven in a divorce and bankruptcy case. They also allege that there was failure to disclose Rothers ownership in numerous companies. Anderson, who had represented Rothers, a former Mayor in Kerkhoven, since 2003, is now retired.

First Ave. West, located west of County Road 7 near Pennock is closed until further notice. A new culvert is being installed. The location is ¾ of a mile west of county road 7. The Kandiyohi County Public works Dept. thinks they’ll be wrapped up in about a week.

At a special meeting held yesterday morning, the Willmar School Board and the Teachers in the district have approved a contract for this coming school year and for the 2020—2021 school year. The agreement includes a 2% increase for staff members with bachelor’s degrees for the coming year and a 2% increase for all the next year.

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