27 year old Edgar Montoya of Renville received a 3 year probation sentence after being arrested last spring for feeing police while having two kids in the back of the car. He’ll also have to pay fines and fees totaling nearly $1500.00. I a plea agreement, other charges were dropped. The vehicle he took was owned by another person who was not home at the time he took it. Montoya wound up being tased after police managed to block the vehicle. The two children were uninjured.

29 year old Rodney Vega Jr. of Willmar was sentenced for meth possession in Kandiyohi County District Court Wednesday. The 2 third degree sentences, which will run concurrently, are 39 months and 54 months long. Vega was arrested in April of last year. He has 4 convictions for drug possession and sale dating back to 2010.

22 year old Madison Vagle of Redwood Falls, a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an accident last Friday, died from her injuries this past Sunday. She was in a car driven by 18 year old Haley Winslow of Franklin when it was struck by a semi driven by 62 year old Mark Wagner of Bird Island. Wagner failed to yield after stopping at an intersection on county road 1 south of Danube.

A fire in Benson last Friday night destroyed the home of Heather Ollendick. The call came in to the Benson Fire Dept. around 10 pm last Friday. No one was injured and the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshall’s office as well as insurance investigators. The house is located at 501-16th Street South.

Redwood Falls area farmers Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz (brite’ kritze) will be hosting a 3 day Soil Health Academy August 13th thru 15th at their farm. Stoney Creek Farm, 400 acres, was selected because of their successful implementation soil health focused regenerative agricultural principles for many years. Their practices and principles will be fully illustrated for learning how to breathe new life into farming operations August 13th thru 15th near Redwood Falls.

Minnesota 4-H and the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association are looking for college students with an interest in serving as spokespeople for animal agriculture. Students will serve as mentors to selected 4-H state fair livestock exhibitors in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, goats, poultry and rabbits August 21-25th . College students must be 18 or over with an interest or experience in livestock exhibits, and have good leadership, teaching and speaking skills. There will be some compensation including money, fair entry tickets and 4-H food tickets. Go to: www.agrifolks@gmail.com for more info.

This week is Minnesota Turkey Grower’s Week, as proclaimed by Governor Tim Walz. The week is in honor of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s 80 th Anniversary. The Association was formed in 1939 by a group of turkey farmers across the state who wanted to create a more formal organization for education, research, product promotion and connecting with each other. Over $800 million is economic activity is generated annually in Minnesota.

Hunters can start applying on Monday for the regular archery deer hunts and Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Application deadline is August 16th . There’ll be two seasons, October 17-18th , and October 26-27th . Hunters may apply for one of them.

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