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NEWS
Nov 17

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

Eating good food, spending time with family, exchanging gifts – holiday celebrations in Minnesota may include any number of traditions. A holiday activity that should never become a tradition is driving home after drinking alcohol. Choices to drive drunk have contributed to 27 deaths on Minnesota roads from the day before Thanksgiving through Dec. 30 in the last five years (2012-2016 preliminary). To help keep the roads safe during the holidays, law enforcement agencies in Meeker, Kandiyohi and Swift Counties will be participating with law enforcement statewide in an extra DWI enforcement campaign starting Nov. 22 and on weekends through Dec. 30. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog asks you to celebrate wisely over the holidays, speak up to prevent a tragedy and always plan a sober ride.

The Minnesota Supreme Court yesterday (Thursday) upheld Governor Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s 2018-19 operating budget. Capping a legal battle that began in June, the ruling found that Dayton acted within his constitutional authority when he exercised the line-item veto in an effort to bring lawmakers back to the negotiating table over a handful of bills he had signed into law. Thursday’s ruling deals a major blow to legislative leaders who are scrambling to fund the House and Senate until the 2018 session convenes Feb. 20. Since lawmakers have access to other sources of funding, the court found the governor did not violate the state’s constitution by effectively abolishing the Legislature. The court also said it does not have constitutional authority to order funding for the Legislature in the absence of an appropriation.

Following the Minnesota Supreme Court’s opinion that the governor’s line-item veto of legislative funding for the 2017-2018 biennium is constitutional, Senator Scott Newman of Hutchinson is disappointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision to allow Governor Dayton to effectively abolish the Legislature by line-item vetoing its entire appropriation. He says the court’s decision creates the potential for an unprecedented and unnecessary political crisis for our state if the Legislature refuses to bend to the governor’s will. Additionally, given the Court’s decision, this and future Legislatures may be required to suspend operations, furlough staff, and close Legislative office buildings. Newman says he will continue to fiercely defend the Legislature – one of the three co-equal branches of government – so the people of Minnesota’s voice in their government remains.

During the month of November, organizations from around Kandiyohi County set up Christmas Trees in celebration of the holiday season and for the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s Festive Forest. The trees can be viewed from November 27-December 31 Monday through Friday from 9-4. The Sperry House Christmas will not take place this year. Holiday events at the Sperry House will return next year in time for the 125th Anniversary of the Sperry House. The Great Northern Engine #2523 will be lit each evening starting after Thanksgiving through the New Year. Call the Kandiyohi County Historical Society at 235-1881, for more information.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson says he supports making the corporate tax rate more competitive internationally and simplifying our system. However, eliminating a number of provisions like those that help families who have large medical bills due to cancer or Alzheimer’s, or those that help people struggling to pay off their student loans in order to pay for the corporate reduction is not fair. While this bill claims to make taxes simpler for many individuals by increasing the standard deduction, the elimination of personal exemptions makes the increase very small. He says it will also create a more complicated system for pass through entities that he believes will be abused and spawn tax shelter businesses. Peterson says a significant number of individual taxpayers will see major increases in their tax bill while adding at least $1.5 trillion to the deficit. Peterson says he cannot in good conscience support a bill that drives up our deficit and will increase taxes on thousands of Minnesotans.

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell 0.4 percent in October to 3.3 percent, its lowest level in 17 years, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. jobless rate was 4.1 percent in October. The agency said state employers eliminated 4,500 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in October. Over the past 12 months, however, Minnesota has gained 41,372 jobs, a 1.4 percent growth rate, matching the U.S. rate of job growth during that period. Minnesota’s labor market is still growing at a healthy pace, adding more than 290,000 jobs since Governor Dayton took office in January 2011, according to DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. Over the past year, nine of the state’s 11 industrial sectors have outpaced the national growth rate.

Two people were injured in a crash yesterday (Thursday) at the intersection of Highway 22 and the Airport Road in Hutchinson, McLeod County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 31 year old Tyler Tenney of New Germany was traveling south. 81 year old Leroy Penas of Glencoe pulled out from a stop sign at the airport road to take a left onto Highway 22. Tenney noticed Penas pulling out but couldn’t react in time and struck the Penas vehicle on the driver’s side. Tenney was not injured. Penas and his passenger, 75 year old Judith Penas of Glencow, were taken to the Hutchinson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

One person was injured in a crash yesterday (Thursday) on Pebble Lake Road at Highway 210 in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County. 24 year old Julia Weiss of Erhard was traveling south on Pebble Lake Road, and went through a red light into the intersection. Seidel was not injured. Weiss was taken to Lake Region Health Care with non-life threatening injuries.

Get out and explore Minnesota State Park and Trails this winter. The parks will have adventures to keep you and your family enjoying the season all winter long.

Many parks have rental gear available, and there are lots of kid-friendly activities, from snowshoeing to winter geocaching. Try cross country skiing, fat biking or snowmobiling. Wildlife watching is also great in the winter, and even a simple hike is a whole different experience on the snow. There is also ice fishing, camping, candlelight events, frozen waterfalls, maple syruping, sledding, snowmobiling, and winter picnics.

The Starbuck Police Department took a report of a scam from a local resident. The resident reported that someone called from "UPS" that they had a package to deliver from winning a "Readers Digest" contest. The caller reported that the resident had won a new car as well as 14 Million Dollars. They requested that the resident wire $850 to an account to pay for part of the prize. The resident called the Starbuck Police, who investigated the phone call and number that was provided to the resident. It turned out to be a number that was not connected to readers digest. According to the Better Business Bureaus Scam Tracker, there have been other similar incidents reported in the past. The Starbuck Police Department urges you to check into any suspicious giveaways or winnings that you are contacted about.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at any time of the year, but the danger is greater during the winter when doors and windows stay closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. In addition, people can also be exposed to deadly CO levels when “warming up” their cars in garages or keeping them running when stuck in snow. The Pope County Sheriff's Office reminds everyone to check their carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in proper working order.

Quilters Along the Yellowstone Trail, are ready to sew one more batch of weighted blankets before the holidays. If you are interested in obtaining a custom weighted blanket or lap pad, contact the Resource Center Program in Willmar. Weighted blankets help ground your body by pushing it downwards. This process, known as 'earthing' or 'grounding,' may have a deeply calming effect. The blankets also simulate deep pressure touch, a type of therapy that uses firm, hands-on pressure to reduce chronic stress and high levels of anxiety.

 

 

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