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Sept 21

News Director: Bev Alquist
Call with news at 320-235-2900 or email bahlquist@k-musicradio.com

Bev is out sick today here is News from last Friday 9/15/17

The Little Theatre in New London will be undergoing many changes in the coming year. They will be installing new LED lights that will enhance a theatre experience while reducing the theatre’s energy consumption. Laurel Iverson has been hired as the Operations Manager, and they’re in the process of planning a full year of family friendly play production, concerts, movies from the New London Roaming Cinema, Story Show and some social awareness seminars.

This afternoon (Friday) from noon to five, come to the Harvest Community Church in downtown Willmar and choose whatever clothes you need to meet the needs of your family. It’s the free fall clothing exchange. You’ll find clothes for men, women, children and babies, plus shoes, winter coats and jackets. People have donated these clothes, some gently used and some new, so come take what you need. Volunteers have been working all week, setting up this event, sorting clothes and doing whatever was needed to make this clothing exchange a great community event.  

If you make and sell baked goods, home-canned pickles, salsa, jam and jellies, if you’re a cottage food producer, you should attend the Advanced Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Workshop on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 27th from 1:30-4:30 at the U of Minnesota Extension Regional Office in Willmar. This safe food handling course focuses on aspects of cottage food products including baked, confectionery, dried, fruit preserves and acidified fruits and vegetables. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. If you sell more than $5,000 annually, this workshop meets the training requirements to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer.

The Kerkhoven City Council has approved a preliminary 2018 levy of $294,819, a 14.58 percent increase over the 2017 budget. The cost of health insurance for the city’s employees, the street fund and fire department are three areas contributing to the cost increase.

66 year old Thomas Resch of Cody, Wyoming, was injured in a one vehicle crash yesterday (Thursday) on east 94 at the County Road 1 intersection, Evansville Township, Douglas County. Resch was hauling a trailer when it left the roadway, hit a sign and a guard rail before going down a slope and rolling onto County Road One where it came to rest on its roof. Resch was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for southern, eastern and portions of central Minnesota, effective today (Friday), from noon through eight tonight. The affected area includes the entire Twin Cities metro, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud, and the Tribal Nation of Upper Sioux. Air quality is expected to worsen during the afternoon and early evening hours, reaching levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups. By sunset Friday, conditions are expected to improve. Children, older adults, people with respiratory diseases, and anyone who does physical work or exercise outdoors may notice health effects when air pollution is elevated. If you experience breathing problems, coughing, or unusual fatigue, use your inhalers as directed and contact your health care provider. During air quality alerts, everyone is encouraged to minimize use of vehicles, avoid burning wood, and postpone the use of small gas-powered equipment like lawn mowers.

A shed on the Richard Saatzer residence on Jade Road south of St. Joseph, was totaled in a fire last night (Thursday). According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Saatzer was at home when he looked out the window and saw the southwest corner of the shed was on fire. Inside the shed was a Crestliner boat, a refrigerator and six square alfalfa bales from last year’s crop. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire in unknown.

The Minnesota unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in August. The state lost 6,600 jobs in August, and the number of jobs gained in July was revised downward by 5,100 positions. Over the past year, Minnesota has gained 49,695 jobs, an increase of 1.7 percent. U.S. jobs are up 1.5 percent in the past 12 months. The state’s labor market remains fundamentally strong, outpacing the country in over-the-year job growth for the fourth consecutive month in August, says DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. Nine of their 11 major industrial sectors have added jobs in the past 12 months.

Ridgewater College invites art lovers of all ages to campus to enjoy new art exhibits on display at Ridgewater College’s art galleries. On the Willmar Campus, ‘Pattern Painting’ by Andrew Nordin of New London will be on display in the Fine Art Gallery until September 22. Nordin was recently awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant to complete a body of work exploring rural architecture, landscape, and abstraction, to be exhibited in 2018 at Gallery St. Germain. He will hold a public reception for that project at the end of September. Nordin collaborates on art projects with partner Lisa Bergh, including The Traveling Museum, a mobile project space; and ARThouse

There will be a Hispanic Heritage celebration at the Willmar Community Center on Saturdaynight from 7-11. There will be Latin dancing; home-style tacos, Mexican bingo and other fames. All are welcome to this family friendly celebration. Freewill donations for food. No admission fee. This event marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15.


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