An accident shortly after 6 pm last Saturday night took the life of a 21 month old. The child was run over by a vehicle in Lac Qui Parle County according to the sheriff’s Office.

33 year old Morgan Oehrlein of Sauke Center went through a stop sign at the intersection of county roads 26 & 192, two and a half miles west of Forada and hit a pickup driven by 68 year old James Barchenger of Glenwood. Barchenger, two passengers, and Oehrlein all were taken to the hospital to be treated.

Congressman Collin Peterson recently announced the winners of the congressional art competition from Minnesota’s 7th District. Aumbra Manley of Fergus Falls won this year and her painting, “Hidden Struggles” will be displayed along with other winners from across the country. Manley will have the opportunity to travel to D.C. to see her work with the others. “Coach Solem” a painting by Olivia Hanson of Olivia, will be displayed in Peterson’s DC office. “PTSD” by Heather Post of Willmar will be on display at Peterson’s Detroit Lakes office. And “Through the looking glass” by Ashlyn Schmidt of Clara City will be on display at Peterson’s Willmar office.

Minnesota Anglers harvest about 16 million Sunfish a year, making them the state’s most harvested fish. To protect big Sunnies and avoid stunted populations of them, the DNR suggests throwing the big ones back and taking smaller ones for eating. The fishermen keep just the biggest, which are usually males guarding a next, the remaining smaller Sunnies don’t need to compete with larger ones to spawn, and instead of growing, they spend energy spawning at younger ages and smaller sizes. More info on sunfish biology and management can be found at:

A semi on county road 82 that was crossing highway 59 in Ottertail County ended up in the ditch. The accident happened Monday around 6:45 pm. The driver, 61 year old David Vogt of Parkers Prairie suffered non-life threatening injuries.

40 year old Laura Kittleson of New Munich lost control of her motorcycle on loose gravel last Saturday morning around 8:50 am on county road 186 southeast of Sauk Centre in Stearns Co. She was thrown from the motorcycle and injured. Kittleson, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to the hospital in Sauk Centre then airlifted to St. Cloud.

The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources is in the midst of updating regulations for the 2019 deer hunting season. There’ll be details forthcoming on the DNR’s deer hunting web page. This will also be the 2nd year of a study to learn more about habitat use and survival of deer in northern Minnesota. The DNR is trying to get a better understanding of winter habitat requirements and improve population estimates by using high tech g.p.s. collars on deer. 60 deer have been fitted with the collars.

Willmar Fests 2019 get underway tomorrow (Wednesday) with the flag raising ceremony at Selvig Park in downtown Willmar. Coffee with the candidates takes place at 8:30 am at the Goodness Coffee House. The Willmar Community Center hosts the Senior King & Queen coronation at 2 pm. The Queen’s splash at the Aquatic Center is at 4, the pie & ice cream social at Robbins Island Park is at 5:30 followed by the West Central Connection Chorus at 7 pm. The Prairie Winds Summer band concert takes place at 7:30 pm also at Robbins Island. The block party downtown is at 4:15 pm Thursday, the parade Saturday begins at 10:30 am. The beach party will be later Saturday afternoon at Robbins Island park.

The Kandiyohi Co. Board of Commissioners meet today. The health and human services committee meets at 9 and will go over the approval of bills and minutes. The 10 am board meeting includes a 2019 performance measurements report; the broadband engineering study; A request from “Suite Liv’n for a public hearing for a tax abatement; A MNLARS Reimbursement grant; planning and zoning updates and committee reports. The meeting this morning will be at the Health and Human Services Building on the north side of Willmar.

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