A Browns Valley woman has pleaded guilty to drug charges in Stevens County Court. County Attorney Aaron Jordan says his office reached an agreement with the defendant that would allow her to plead guilty, receive her sentence, and leave jail in the same day. Twenty-two year old Cecily Goodsell admitted to leaving drugs in a purse in Donnelly. After the purse was turned in to law enforcement, Goodsell traveled to the Stevens County courthouse to claim her purse and admitted to knowing there were drugs inside. Goodsell was released after 74 days in the Traverse County Jail.
The Montevideo City Council has been working on the possibility of building a new fire hall, and at the meeting this week opted to continue that work. City Administrator Steve Jones says they approved an agreement with City Edge Architects for work associated with the new fire hall. Jones says they also plan to upgrade the HVAC system and the council will offer an agreement to Duffy Engineering to design this project as well. The council also reviewed several grant agreements, one with the state division of Homeland Security emergency management for the construction of a new storm shelter, and the council also approved a grant with MnDOT for airport maintenance and operations.
Law enforcement cited 17,415 motorists for driving at illegal and unsafe speeds during a statewide speed enforcement campaign July 6-21, according to preliminary reports from 328 law enforcement agencies. Reporting agencies cited at least 12 motorists for traveling more than 100 miles per hour during the two week campaign. The highest speed reported was 148 miles an hour. An average speeding citation for 10 miles per hour over the limit is typically more than $120. Motorists stopped at 20 miles per hour over the limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 miles per hour can lose their license for six months.
The Willmar City Council this week approved an ordinance to allow for taproom licensing and the on-sale of brewed products from such taprooms. City Administrator Charlene Stevens says they also set a public hearing on a dangerous weapons ordinance for August 19th. This deals with archery practice within the city limits. Stevens further explained that it’s not actual bow hunting in the city limits, its archery, practicing with a target. It puts some restrictions such as they need appropriate backstops behind the target and distance from the property on which they’re shooting. It’s for those practicing archery for the purpose of bow hunting.
The Benson City Council looked at capital bids for three projects on water and wastewater replacements when it met this week. City Administrator Rob Wolfington says the projects are on 15th Street, Hogan Avenue and Church Street. The bids were extremely high so the council decided to rebid them next year and review the scope of work. Those bids came in considerably higher than the engineering estimate, probably accounting for bid timing on opening bids and the late construction season, folks felt they were so busy that the bids exceeded almost 100 percent over what the engineering estimates were.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners this week, approved an agreement with the state to continue with the bridge replacement on County Road 7 in Raymond. There was a two percent overrun, and the county needed the state’s approval to move forward. The bids on the Lake Lillian bridge, the outlet to Lake Lillian Lake, came in 24 to 39 percent over the estimate so all of the bids were rejected. It has been recommended this project be rebid with another township bridge in the Lake Lillian area that needs to be replaced. County Board Chairman Harlan Madsen, says they hope by putting those two projects together they’ll bet better bids. Unfortunately, from an agriculture to construction standpoint, that’s basically two months of lost construction. The bids have been coming in substantially higher than estimate because again there is a construction window in Minnesota that is rapidly drawing to a close.
Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin says Tuesday night’s National Night Out was a success in Meeker County. The Sheriff's Office had its members out including Patrol, the Sheriff's Reserves, Mounted Posse, Command Staff, and the Sheriff's Paramedics, along with community Fire Departments in the Cities of Dassel, Grove City, and Watkins. The Sheriff's Office also attended several local neighborhood events in the Dassel and Clear Lake areas as well. The main purpose of this night and events is citizens being involved in their neighborhoods and for law enforcement to establish and maintain communications working towards good public safety, and maintaining and building partnerships with the communities.
The Stevens County Board of Commissioners took a preliminary look at the proposed 2014 budget on Tuesday. The county will see a decrease in County Program Aid from the state in the coming year, after an previous budget forecast a $50,000 increase. County Coordinator Brian Giese says, in fact, the state aid will see a significant drop. The county is set to lose about $130,000 when compared to last year's county aid. The Minnesota Legislature set a levy limit increase of 3% for counties for 2014, tied to the amount of County Program Aid. Giese says, based on the decrease in county program aid, the local Board of Commissioners could opt to increase their 2014 budget by more than 3%. Stevens County has not yet been advised of their exact levy limit by the State Auditor, but Giese says the county should be able to comfortably stay within their limit.
Two cousins arrested on aggravated burglary charges were set to appear in Stevens County court this week and next, to answer for an incident reported on June 7 in Morris. Twenty-three year old Brett Bouressa of Cyrus, and 21 year old Cody Bouressa of Donnelly are accused of robbing an acquaintance after one of the defendants was allegedly told the victim was carrying $3,500 in cash. The felony charge carries a penalty between 3 and 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine. Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan says Brett Bouressa appeared in court on Monday for an omnibus hearing and waived his right to the hearing. Bouressa pleaded "not guilty" to the charges of aggravated robbery and simple robbery. A jury trial has not been set.
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed this week, August 4-10, as Farmers Market Week in Minnesota to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the agricultural products farmers provide. Mary Jo Forbord of Morris Healthy Eating, helps to coordinate the Morris Farmers Market and says the fresher the food, the more nutrients. There are over 160 farmers markets registered in the Minnesota Grown Directory. The Morris Market is open Monday andThursday afternoons from 3-6 in East Side Park.
Motorists can expect brief delays on Big Stone and Swift County highways beginningMonday as crews complete preventive maintenance seal coating projects on Highway 12 from Ortonville to Benson, and Highway 59 from Highway 12 to the Swift/Stevens county line. A pilot car and flaggers will control traffic, and motorists should plan for daily lane closures in the area where crews are working. Crews will work during daylight hours. The work is expected to be done by late August, weather permitting.
The Minnesota State Patrol and Lac qui Parle Sheriff’s office were called to a crash at the intersection of Highway 75 and County Road 28 in Lac qui Parle County yesterday (Wednesday). The patrol says 17 year old Katrina Stordahl of West Fargo, North Dakota failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway, rolled several times and came to rest on its roof in a pond. Stordahl sustained non-life threatening injuries as did her passengers, 22 year old Russell Nelson of Audubon, 15 year old Gabriel Fuller of Duluth and 16 year old Dellrae Pelfrey.
The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office was called to a rollover Tuesday on Highway 330 and Hunter Avenue in Lamberton Township. The driver, 16 year old Alexander Evans of Lamberton, and his two passengers, were not injured. They were all wearing seatbelts. The rollover is under investigation.
A rear-end crash on County Road 13 near Farmfest, happened yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), according to the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office. 58 year old Judy Hansen of Turton, South Dakota left Farmfest turning onto County Road 13 between a large number of cars that were backed up on County Road 13 because of a large number of people leaving the Farmfest grounds. Once Hansen entered County Road 13 going north, she was rear-ended by a 15 year old female from Springfield, who had one passenger. There were no injuries. The sheriff’s department is investigating.
At about 12:46 yesterday morning (Wednesday), a Stearns County Sheriff’s deputy stopped to assist a motorist who appeared to be having vehicle problems on County Road 7 in St. Augusta. The deputy determined 46 year old Kenneth Hoffman of South Haven appeared to be intoxicated and had several open containers of alcohol in his vehicle. Also, his driver’s license was cancelled-inimical to public safety. The deputy determined Hoffman had at least five prior DWI convictions and arrested him on charges of first degree felony DWI and driving after cancellation. Hoffman is being held in the Stearns County Jail.
Late yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to a crash on County Road 2 and Minnesota Street West in St. Joseph Township. 46 year old Patricia Schueller of Wayzata was attempting to make a left turn from Minnesota Street to go south on County Road 2. 22 year old David Grow of Sartell was traveling north on County Road 2 and struck Schueller’s vehicle as it pulled onto the county road. Schueller was taken to the Central Care Hospital in St. Cloud. Grow was not injured.
Today (Thursday), the New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run participants will take a 35 mile long tour to Bayer-Built in Belgrade to look at one of the area’s successful small businesses. This evening they will hold a meet, greet and eat event with the volunteer tow drivers, who will be driving their modern vehicles and trailers to New Brighton. Friday includes the traditional 36 mile pre-run tour, which starts with brunch at the New London Legion, then going around Nest and Green Lakes. Once back in New London, there is an antique car parade at 5:30 down the main street, followed by a meal at the New London Legion.
Today (Thursday) is Senior Citizens Day at the Kandiyohi County Fair, with the 2013 Outstanding Senior Citizens will be named, and Century Farm families will be recognize. There will be a draft horse and antique tractor parade, music and entertainment on the Heritage Square Stage, pig racing, a free sweet corn feed, cow milking contest, and numerous exhibits. At seven tonight, in the grandstand, there is a semi, pick up and tractor pull.