Willmar Police along with an ambulance were called to the Super 8 Motel on South First in Willmar Saturday night just after 10 pm. A pistol in one room accidental was fired and the bullet went through the wall and hit a woman in the leg. The incident is being investigated and police say that everyone is cooperating with them.

Police were called to a motorcycle accident Friday night around 11:15 pm on highway 59 near highway 119. The driver, 55 year old Peter Renns of Appleton, hit a deer. He was not hurt. His passenger, 53 year old Alanna Renns, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Willmar Police reported a call last Friday night concerning a man who had pulled a gun on 2 people. The incident happened around 7:30 pm on Kandiyohi Ave. SW in Willmar, where the man had pulled a gun on the caller and a client at the home. The 28 year old was arrested and is charged with assault and threats of terror.

The Willmar City Council meets tonight at 7 pm at the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. The Council will discuss the Police Department’s involvement with a grant for investigating and training for sex trafficking. They’ll consider selling a fire truck, and will hold 4 public hearings, including the sale of property, and general obligation bonds for projects.

Liquor compliance checks done recently in Willmar showed that 5 businesses failed, including The Legion and Elks Lodge, El Tapitio restaurant, West Side Liquor on the west side of town and the Foxhole Brewhouse. Foxhole will be fined $1,000 since it is their 2nd violation. The person working did not check the ID. The other 4 violations were first time offenses. ID’s was not asked for or misread.

The Kandiyohi Co. Sheriff’s Office has place a no wake restriction off 500 feet from shore on Diamond Lake. Water there is abnormally high. No other lakes currently have any restrictions.

Last Friday there was a call from a man to the Stearns Co. Courthouse of a possible bomb in the 3 rd floor bathroom in the Stearns Co. Administration Building. The building was evacuated and searched with nothing being found. The call came from 51 year old Jerry Essary of Sauk Centre.  He was arrested and booked into the Stearns Co. Jail and later released pending more investigation.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible Private NonProfit organizations that August 12th is the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by storms from March 12th to April 28th of this year. Applications are being accepted from Big Stone, Chippewa, Grant, Lac Qui Parle, Lyon, Redwood, Renville, Swift, Stevens, Yellow Medicine and other counties around the state. The NonProfit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory and other business assets. To apply, go to: www.disasterloan.sba.gov.

All the high taxes Minnesotans continue to pay, is paying off for the state coffers. For the just ended fiscal year, Minnesota’s government took in $636 million more than it was expecting according to a state agency report. The Department of Minnesota Management and Budget released a quarterly update covering tax activity through June, and reported that all major types of tax collections were higher than anticipated.

The Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a grant to the city of Paynesville totaling $1,907,500.00. The money will be used to assist in separating and treating wastewater from Associated Milk Producers Inc. They are completing a significant expansion that will have increased wastewater being sent to the town’s wastewater treatment facility. AMPI will be adding 3 employees to its staff as a result of the expansion, bringing their workforce to 85.

FarmFest this year at Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls recently announced a number of forums. Congressman Collin Peterson will host a U.S. House Ag Committee Listening session August 7th beginning at 10:30. On August 6th at 10:30 am a number of Ag leaders are hosting “A discussion with National Ag Leaders” with a number of topics from policy to trade issues on the agenda. More FarmFest news will be released in the coming days.

The name of the juvenile involved in a beating and car theft incident last week has been released. 17 year old Mahmoud Abdi Omer off Willmar is being held at the Prairie Lakes Juvenile Detention Center on a felony charge of stealing a vehicle, along with riot and assault charges. He also has charges from cases of stealing other vehicles according to police.

64 year old Elgene Mahn of Atwater was in Kandiyohi County District court last week where he was sentenced to 42 months in prison for driving while impaired. It was his 2nd conviction on a felony charge. Records show that Mahn has 7 alcohol related convictions and 4 other DWI convictions. Convenience store workers called police after he’d been showing up frequently and appearing intoxicated.

The Lac Qui Parle Co. sheriff’s Office reported the accidental death of a 56 year old man. He was found dead early Friday morning, pinned under an ATV. He had been out spraying weeds according to the report.


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