Names have been released of 3 of the 4 people who allegedly beat a man and stole his car Tuesday afternoon in southwest Willmar. 22 year olds Ayab Iman and Ahmed Anshur, and 20 year old Mohamed Ahmed are being held in the Kandiyohi County jail, and the 4 th person, a juvenile, is at the Prairie Lakes Detention center. They are accused of coming up to a man who was sitting in his car, beating him then taking the car. The victim told police he recognized the 4 and knew where they lived. The victim took officers to the home where arrests were made.

Yesterday morning around 8 am, Douglas County deputies and others responded to a propane delivery truck rollover on Douglas County road 2. The driver, 38 year old Mike Kugel was able to get out on his own. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The truck, which leaked propane and diesel fuel, was towed to Villard to be emptied at the Pope Co. Co-op.

The Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners to beware of scams involving asphalt companies. The companies claim to be working nearby and have left over asphalt and can give you a discounted rate to do your driveway. Some do the job at a sub par quality, some take your money and never come back to do the work. Some inflate the final bill. The Better Business Bureau urges homeowners to turn away these companies going door to door looking for business.

Blomkest Appreciation day is Saturday. A pancake breakfast will kick things off at 8 am to raise money for the Blomkest Fire Relief Association to buy new equipment. There’ll also be a Fire Association sponsored dinner at 5 pm. A parade takes place at 4 pm, and there’ll be kids games, a bean bag tourney and a beer garden.

Potters from across the state are holding the 8th annual Minnesota Pottery Festival in Hutchinson this year, July 27th & 28th . Overall 35 potters from around the nation will be on hand at the Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery Store. Events include on-site raku firing, competitions, demonstrations and fun activities for kids. There’s no cost for parking and admission, also complimentary shuttle service. The week-end is made possible in part by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. There is more information at:

Planning is underway for this falls Minnesota Pheasant opener, which is in the Austin area this year. This will be Austin’s first time hosting after being selected through an application process that considered hunting land in the area, event facilities and community support. Dates for the pheasant opener are October 11th and 12th .


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