An Olds Bravada SUV rolled numerous times on I-94 near Fergus Falls yesterday afternoon around 2:30. The state patrol reports that the driver, 26 year old Amanda Karch of Dalton was headed west and went into the median. She suffered non-life threatening injuries as did 32 year old passenger Tabitha Pritchard of Fergus Falls. A one year old, Jayden Westbury, was not injured. The patrol says that seatbelts and a child car seat prevented them from suffering serious injury.

The Minnesota DNR is offering a three part series this fall on “Becoming an Outdoors Woman”. The program is teaming up with A-1 Archery; the Bald Eagle Sportsmen’s Association; Safari Club International and the U of M Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. The program, for women who have archery experience and want to try archery deer hunting will include 3 parts: a hunting clinic and tree stand basics; shooting at realistic 3-D animal targets: and an optional mentored archery deer hunt. The program begins August 28 in Hudson. Info for this program and more is available at: www.mndnr.gov/hunting.

The DNR reminds women who want to learn more on pheasant hunting that today is the deadline for apply for a mentored hunt during this falls Minnesota Pheasant Hunting opener, which will be held in the Austin area the week-end of October 12th . Applicants selected must have the firearms safety certificate and purchase the small game hunting license and pheasant stamp. Hunters will be selected via lottery. For info, contact Kristi Coughlon, women’s mentored pheasant hunt coordinator with the DNR.

Willmar city officials remind everyone that 28th Avenue Southeast at First Street will be closed on Monday at 7 am for a water main project. The road should be reopened by 8 am Tuesday July 2nd . Traffic will not be allowed through the work zone.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding artists entering the Minnesota Walleye Stamp and Trout & Salmon stamp contests that you are NOT allowed to include any photographic, digital or electronic processes within the finished entry. It had come out earlier that they’d be allowed but in fact, will not be. Artwork can be submitted July 15 thru 26. Contest rules are on the DNR website stamp page.

The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture recently recognized the top dairy herds in Minnesota with low somatic cell counts. The count is a key indicator of milk quality, the lower count is better for cheese production and a longer shelf life for bottled milk. Somatic cells occur naturally and are not a food safety concern. Kandiyohi County dairy farms recognized included Youngren dairy farms, along with the Roger & Mary Swart and Marshall & Melanie Korn farms; Nosbush Dairy in Renville County, Riverview in Swift County, Alan and Jessica Klimek in Douglas, Mark Ruegemer in Pope, and the Meeker County dairy farms including Middle Ranch, Brian Libbesmeier, and Del and Cindy Eurle were recognized as well.

Employers participating in Minnesota’s statewide Health Improvement Partnership are reporting positive changes in healthy eating and physical activity among employees according to a new study done by the Minnesota Dept. of Health. 73% observed improvements in healthy food and beverages among employees and 67% saw increased physical activity. The findings are encouraging for health, productivity, and hopefully reduced health care costs down the road.

The Kandiyohi County Food shelf will undertake a major fund raising effort in July with hopes of a large grant from the “Open Your Heart” group. The grant is proportional, meaning-the more money raised, the larger the grant. July events will include a car wash at Walt’s July 13th , a hog roast/ski show night at Neer Park New London July 18th . The food shelf has 25.00 tickets for sale. Music with Jeff James is included that night. Local politicians Dave Baker and Andrew Lange will compete to raise money, as will area churches, the Willmar City Police and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Officers. A number of businesses are also stepping up to sponsor a day for the food shelf, raising at least $580.00, the cost of one day to keep the food shelf open. K95.3FM will also host two radio auctions” to help raise money. The Kandiyohi County Food shelf reports that they are used most frequently be city of Willmar residents with New London 2nd , then Atwater.

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