A case of tuberculosis connected to the Willmar Middle School has been reported by Kandiyohi Co. Public Health. The infected person is getting treatment and is not a threat to others. Staff and families have been notified and the Public Health office is doing a contact investigation to ensure everyone has been screened for exposure. Tuberculosis can be contagious but it’s not easily transmitted to other people. The Public Health office says there is minimal risk to the general public.
An accident on highway 59 near Stevens County Road 8, seriously injured an 18 year old woman from Montevideo. The accident happened around 12:30 yesterday afternoon. The woman hit a MnDOT that was working on the shoulder of the road, then went into the southbound lane and hit a semi. The MnDOT worker, Robert Kloos of Morris, and the semi driver, Chuck Green of Breckenridge, were not hurt. The 18 year old was airlifted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo.
Groundbreaking for the Willmar WYE Railroad Project will be at 2:30 this afternoon. The ceremony will be at the former Willmar Airport site near County road 5 and Trott Avenue SW. Partners of the Willmar Rail Connector and Industrial Access invite the public to the event. In addition to the new rail line, the project includes the realignment of highway 12, the reconstruction of highway 40, 2 new bridges and 2 roundabouts.
The city of Danube has announced that they are the recipient of a Minnesota DNR outdoor recreation grant. The $150,000.00 will be used to build a handicap accessible park with new playground equipment, new public restrooms, indoor community gathering space and an outdoor picnic shelter. Matching money was raised through the donations of community members, businesses and foundations. Demolition of the old playground equipment is underway this month and ground will be broken on the new project later this summer.
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Dept. reported a near drowning over the week- end at Warner Lake. 17 year old Ryan Gordon of Sauk Rapids was trying to swim back to shore with his brother after being out on a tube. He began turning blue and went under with his brother then pulling him to shore. Gordon was reportedly alert by the time he was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital. It’s believe an asthma attack was the cause of his going under the water.
An accident over the weekend injured one person on the Manana Road, just east of county road 9, southeast of Paynesville. 16 year old Caleb Dockendorf of Cold Spring was pulling a boat when he lost control on a curve, and took out about 100 feet of fencing. The boat detached and was destroyed and the truck sustained moderate damage. There were two passengers, with 16 year old Hailey Kraemer of Cold Spring sustaining minor injuries. Speeding was a probable factor in the crash.
$60,000.00 is available via “Explore Minnesota” for the continuation of the New Event Grant Program. Applicants throughout the state are eligible to apply for up to $15,000.00 for new events operations or bid/sponsorship programs. The program is designed to generate economic impact and increase awareness of the state as an event destination by securing or creating new events in towns across Minnesota. For guidelines and requirements, as well as applications, log on at: www.mn.gov/tourism-industry.