Willmar’s Ridgewater College is one of five community colleges across the nation chosen to host one-day training sessions this year to promote the growth of entrepreneurship education in their regions. Ridgewater and other NACCE Summit host colleges were chosen through a competition that sought to identify colleges that could host regional events. The summit at Ridgewater will be June 7th.
Cities and developers that need to control urban stormwater to prevent pollution of lakes and streams have a new tool available when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency launches a wiki (WICK-ee) version of the Minnesota Stormwater Manual. The newly reformatted manual, which is built with the same software as Wikipedia, allows users to collaborate with each other and quickly locate the most recent stormwater information, offering a powerful tool for those who need to comply with stormwater regulations.
Registration and Roundup for kindergarten students in the Kennedy attendance area will be Tuesday April 9th from 3:30-6:30 in the Kennedy Cafeteria. For kindergarten students in the Roosevelt attendance area registration and roundup will be Thursday, April 11th from 3:30-6:30 in the Roosevelt Cafeteria. You need to bring along your completed registration packet, which you received in the mail. If you didn’t receive a packet and your child will be five before Sept. 1st call either the Roosevelt or Kennedy School.
The 7th annual Fine Arts Celebration will run from April 11th through May 11th at Southwest Minnesota State University. Vocal and instrumental concerts, theatre productions, readings, student music videos, student writing, art displays, forensics presentations, costume making and more are on the schedule. There will also be an SMSU faculty art exhibit, a jewelry exhibit and a senior art exhibit.
A county transportation funding resolution was approved by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. The resolution encourages the legislature to pass, and the governor to sign, a bill that brings adequate funding to Minnesota’s statewide transportation system. The county board also awarded bids for chloride application and reflectorized pavement markings. Tri City Paving of Little Falls had the low bid of $139,503 for the chloride application. AAA Striping of St. Michael had the low bid of $101,250 for the reflectorized pavement markings.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol a crash about 7:30 last night (Thursday) at the intersection of Highway 71 and County Road 40 resulted in several injuries. There were two SUV’s involved and there was heavy damage to the two vehicles. One vehicle was 50 feet off the road and the other 100 feet off the road and on its side. There were five people involved. No other information is available at this time.
At a Wednesday news conference, DFL legislators announced a commitment from House DFL leadership that long-term care workers would not see a reduction in funding this biennium, and could see an increase within the House Health and Human Services finance bill. Representative Mary Sawatzky of Willmar says while the House budget targets call for a $150 million reduction in total HHS spending in order to keep downward pressure on rising healthcare costs, DFL legislators have advocated strongly for nursing homes and long-term care workers. She said they’re very concerned about the cuts and need to be taking care of working families and working people in greater Minnesota as well as the state of Minnesota.
Senator Lyle Koenen of Clara City says he would like to see a bonding bill of some type this year. They’re working out of the recession now, he says, but jobs are still an issue and good paying jobs is what they’re looking for, and, he said, they’ve got to balance the budget and that's a job they need to get done this year.
Hundreds of volunteers will take to the water this summer to measure the health of Minnesota’s rivers and lakes. As part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Monitoring Programs, these volunteers will collect valuable information that is the first step in protecting lakes and streams throughout the state. For some water bodies, volunteers are the only regular source of water quality data. The MPCA is recruiting volunteers who are able to visit a designated lake or streams weekly during the summer. All equipment and training for new volunteers is provided by the MPCA. For more information about becoming a water monitoring volunteer, visit MPCA’s website or call the agency.
There will be a Special BOLD School Board meeting on Monday night at 7 in the District Office in Olivia. This will be a closed session meeting.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has conducted a jurisdictional study of state, county, city, and township roads in Minnesota, assessing if roadways are under appropriate jurisdictional oversight based on the uses of the road. Stevens County Engineer Brian Giese says MN DOT identified one road in the county--State Highway 329--that might be better served by local oversight. MNDOT will likely devise a plan to transfer the maintenance of the road to Stevens County or Framnas Township.
The 35th Annual UMM Jazz Fest opens today (Friday) on the university campus, with workshops for local high school students, seminars for the U's students, and public performances. This year's jazz fest will feature guests saxophonist Bill Pierce and trombonist Steven Davis. Public performances will be held the nights of April 5th and 6th, at 7:30 in the Edson Auditorium in the Student Center.
The Morris Wetland Management District is seeking grazers for a two year grazing project on 180 acres at the Kolstad Lake Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in central Pope County. Kolstad Lake WPA is located on the west side of County Road 13 about three miles south of Glacial Lake State Park. Sixty cow/calf pairs are needed for 70 days of grazing each in 2013 and 2014. Grazing is permitted between May 1 and July 31 each year. Applications must be brought in to the Morris Wetland Management District office in Morris, by 3:30 on Friday, April 26th. Permits will be awarded by May 1. For more information contact the Morris WMD.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office and Litchfield Fire Department were called to a barn on fire at the Gerald Whitcomb residence on Highway 12, west of Litchfield. The 60 x 80 foot barn contained 6 pigs, 20 baby goats and 500 bales of hay. Whitcomb, was able to get the animals out of the barn before the fire department arrived. The barn and the hay inside the barn were a total loss. The fire was determined to be caused from a heat lamp used in the barn to keep the baby goats warm. Mutual aid, in the form of tankers and man power was provided by the Grove City. Cosmos and Dassel Fire Departments.
The Independence Party of Minnesota has called a convention for Minnesota’s seventh congressional district. The convention will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria. Registration will begin at 10, with the convention to start at 10:30. During the convention the seventh will be looking to elect and fill the positions of District Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. The convention has been organized by Glen Menze; a former GOP and IP candidate for U.S. Representative, and by Zachary Liebl; a 2012 Minnesota House IP candidate. The convention is open to current and past delegates, the media, and the public.
The 29th Annual Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) Powwow will be held on UMM's campus this week. On Saturday, April 6th, the Powwow will be held in PE Center, with the doors opening at 11. Grand entries are at 1 and 7.
38 year old Juan Cardenas of Willmar was sentenced in Kandiyohi County District Court yesterday (Thursday) on four felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, two of them second degree charges and two of them first degree charges. Cardenas was sentenced to 144 months in prison, has to pay fines and fees totaling $1,590, and register as a predatory offender. The court trial was before Judge Stephanie Beckman.