58 year old Antoinette King of Litchfield died from injuries in a car crash Monday. The accident happened just before 11 am Monday on highway 212 in Carver County. King went over the center line and hit a vehicle driven by 55 year old Ellen Stark of Sanborn. Stark suffered non-life threatening injuries.

18 year old Madeline Gorham died from injuries in an accident Monday that happened on highway 59 in Stevens Co. She hit a MnDOT truck that was working along the shoulder of the highway, then hit a semi. The MnDOT worker and semi driver were not injured. The accident happened Monday over the noon hour.

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority recently approved over $36 million dollars in grand and loan funding for water infrastructure projects in Minnesota. Area recipients include the town of DeGraff, getting $5,368,073 dollars to build a sewage collection system, lift station, force main and a 2 cell pond system. The community of Ortonville will get $6,097,011 dollars to rehab portions of the aging wastewater collection system and water main distribution system.

Years ago, the common phrase was “knee high by the 4 th ” when it came to how tall corn should be. That has turned into waist or shoulder high by the 4th in recent years, unless, there’s a year like 2019. The late spring and heavy rains kept farmers out of the field with some corn planted as late as early June. Southern Minnesota Outreach Center scientist Tom Hoverstad says that this year compares to 2013 in southern and parts of western Minnesota for late planting, or in some areas, no planting at all. Recent hotter days have sped up some of the growing for corn and beans, but farmers will be hoping for a longer warmer fall season with a later harvest expected.

According to the Dept. off Natural Resources, the ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were similar statewide compared to last year. DNR biologists have monitored ruffed grouse for the past 70 years, listening for drumming on a number of routes in the state. Grouse populations tend to rise and fall on a 10 year cycle on average. The recent peak population was in 2017.

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council says that scholarships are available for individuals from the SW Minnesota region that plan on attending the rural Arts and Culture Summit in Grand Rapids October 3 rd through 5th . Applications are being taken through the 15th of July. Applicants will be notified if they’ve received a scholarship by August 16th . A maximum of $450.00 will be awarded. No group applications will be accepted. The arts council recently announced that Allison Nelson of Kerkhoven and Lynette Swenson of DeGraff are co-representatives for Swift County. The council is still looking for board reps from Lincoln and Meeker Counties.

The Kandiyohi Co. Fair next month will once again feature a talent show, set for Thursday August 8th . Auditions will be held Saturday July 27th at the Willmar Community Center from 9 am to 1 pm. If you cannot audition that day, go to: www.kandifair.com for more info. There’ll be 3 categories again this year with ribbons & cash prizes awarded. First place winners advance to the state fair.

The fair is taking nominations for the 2019 outstanding senior citizen awards, recognizing one man and one woman for contributions of time and talent to benefit the community after reaching the age of 65. They’ll be honored Thursday August 8th during the fair. For info log on at: www.kandifair.com


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