Highway 12 west of Appleton was closed for about 8 hours yesterday while works cleaned up after a 3 vehicle accident. A pickup pulling a trailer driven by 50 year old Chris Yang of Ham Lake drifted over the centerline and hit a semi driven by Rick Daley of Grant, Nebraska. A box truck driven by 29 year old Abdallah Mohammed of Minneapolis ended up in the ditch to avoid the accident. Daley, the semi driver was treated for non-life threatening injuries and the other two drivers were not hurt.

Willmar police were involved in a chase early Thursday morning after noticing a vehicle with no tail lights. The driver, a 15 year old boy is in custody and two others, a 14 year old girl and 13 year old boy, were released to their parents. The incident, around 3:35 am Thursday morning, began on business 71 &10th st. NE. The 15 year old drove through the northwest side of Willmar, eventually hitting a tree at Gorton Ave. NW and 12th street and tipping on its side. Numerous charges are pending against the 15 year old, who had taken the vehicle without permission according to the police report.

An accident Wednesday night on highway 23 near Hawick injured 66 year old George Hooper of Brainerd and 67 year old Janice Hooper. Hooper crossed the center line and hit a semi driven by 46 year old Shawn Breckman of Balaton. He was not injured. Janice Hooper suffered life threatening injuries and was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center. The report also said that the driver, George Hooper, who suffered non-life threatening injuries, had alcohol detected in him.

25 year old Jawaanza Jones of St. Cloud, one of the men accused of robbing and threatening a man in Montevideo in April, was sentenced in Chippewa County District Court to 5 years in prison. In a deal, Jones pleaded guilty to one felony count. The other man, 21 year old Ken Roundtree of Franklin, will be in court on Monday. The two men allegedly threatened the man at gunpoint last April in Montevideo, then had him drive them to Clara City where they were eventually arrested.

Tyson Foods is recalls chicken fritter products that may contain hard plastic. The recall includes frozen ready to eat fully cooked whole grain golden crispy chicken chunk fritters with a code P-1325on the USDA inspection marking. They were distributed nationwide. Johnsonville is recalling jalapeno cheddar smoked sausage packages with a best by date of 6/9/2019 because they may contain plastic. They were made March 12th & 13th . And Perdue is recalling simply smart organics poultry products that may have bone fragments.
Products include breaded chicken breast tenders. Breaded chicken breast nuggets.
Breaded chicken breast strips. And ten pound bulk boxes of chef quick boneless tender breast patties and breast strips. All are whole grain and have use by dates of May 20th , 2019.

LaVerne Gleason was recently named 2019 volunteer of the year by the Minnesota Network of hospice and Palliative Care. She was chosen from 100 nominees in April at the annual state conference. Gleason has been with Rice Hospice in Willmar since 1996. She has put in well over four thousand volunteer hours through the years. A celebration in her honor will be held Friday June 21 st from 4-5:30 pm in the Lakeland Auditorium at Rice Hospital. The public is welcome to attend.

The state health department is telling Minnesotans to prepare for a summer full of mosquitoes. With an abnormal amount of standing water around the state creating an abundance of prime larvae area, battling mosquitoes could be tough. Minnesotans have already been dealing with gnats, aka black flies that thrive in areas with moving water in particular. Their bites can prove itchy, and some retailers have reported a short supply of topical lotions with customers loading up in the effort to relieve itchiness.The traditions of summer are underway with town celebrations, followed by county fairs, and then the state fair, which runs from August 22nd to September 2nd this year. The DNR will be looking for a variety of volunteers to take shifts at the fair. If you’ve ever wanted to be Smokey Bear, his voice, or be Smokey in the parade, here’s your chance. The DNR is also looking for emerald ash borer costumed characters, fire prevention building hosts, wildlife wing interpreters, and parks and trails legacy exhibit volunteers. Positions do have certain requirements concerning age, along with height and size. Volunteers must pass a background check and safety quiz, and will be given tickets to get in. Parking and meals are the volunteer’s responsibility. Go to the DNR website for more information.

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