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The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will meet this morning (Tuesday) at nine as a family services committee and at ten as a county board. The county board agenda includes the county Soil & Water Conservation District yearend report; Automated Pawn Shop fee; Chippewa River Watershed project; an agreement to use County Road 7 for a Trunk Highway 9 detour; and several resolutions.

Sunday night the Meeker County Sheriff’s office was called to a one vehicle crash near a residence on County State Aid Highway 11, Litchfield Township. The deputy made contact with the driver and vehicle, which was a total loss but not a hazard; the driver was cited for no insurance and a report was filed.

Roy Ouren (all-ren) adjutant of Post 167 in Willmar, says the American Legion National Commander Jim Koutz, will be at the Willmar Post at noon on Thursday. Ouren says it’s always an honor for a post to get a visit from the national commander because in the state of Minnesota he only stops at about six posts. Ouren said they’re extremely honored to have him here. He will talk about a wide range of items associated with the benefits of American Legion members, and mostly about his experiences in Washington supporting the American Legion.

61 year old George Piasecki of Granite Falls was killed in a crash yesterday morning (Monday) on Highway 59 north of Milan in Chippewa County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Piasecki was traveling south on Highway 59 when an oversized load from a semi he was meeting came off the semi and landed on his vehicle. The semi driver, 66 year old Dennis Clark of Vernal, Utah, was hauling an oversized load, struck the overhead railroad bridge which caused the load to come off the truck and land on Piasecki’s vehicle. Assisting at the scene was the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office and MnDOT.

State legislators are calling it "Gun Week" at the Minnesota Capitol, with several pieces of legislation seeking both gun control and, conversely, protection for gun owners. Elbow Lake Democratic Representative Jay McNamar says, as a concerned gun owner, he will be paying close attention. Gun ownership is a right, McNamar says, but it's also a responsibility. He's hoping constituents will contact him with ideas and suggestions for appropriate legislation.

The Stevens County Board of Commissioners meet in regular session today (Tuesday) at nine on the second floor of the Stevens County Courthouse. Agenda items includes a proposal to call for bids for the county's major road construction project of 2013: a thirteen-mile stretch of Highway 13, stretching north from Chokio to the county line. There will also be an update from West Central Communities Action's Stephen Nagle.

The Stevens County Red Cross has planned a number of blood drive events in the next week to build local reserves. Today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday), the bloodmobile will be in UMM's Oyate Hall, from 12:30-6:30 on both days. On Thursday, the bloodmobile will be at Faith Lutheran in Morris from 12:30-6:30 p.m. There will be a prize drawing for donors at Thursday's Morris blood drive.

The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners meet in regular session today (Tuesday) at 8:30 in the Big Stone County Courthouse. There will be an update on the shop building project from County Engineer Nick Anderson. Also on the agenda is a year-end update from County Recorder Elaine Martig.

48 year old Peter Warren of Redwood Falls has been charged with second and third degree murder, second degree manslaughter, and ten counts of first degree arson in the death of 72 year old Gene Gilland. According to the radio station in Redwood Falls the blaze that killed Gilland was January 24th. It was determined the fire had been intentionally set. The investigation led to Warren, who was arrested January 31st. He appeared in Redwood County District Court on Monday.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says new business filings are up significantly from the same period a year ago. January 2013 statistics show that 5,519 new businesses filed with the Office of the Secretary of State representing a 4.4% increase compared to the same time period in 2012. This is the second highest January on record. Ritchie says the creation of these new businesses reflects confidence in our state’s economy. Filings in 2012 were the second highest number in our state’s history.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency completed 64 enforcement cases in 39 Minnesota counties during the fourth quarter of 2012. The penalties totaled just over $730,000. Included among the cases are Superior Industries and Wilkens Industries, both  of Morris; Fibrominn Biomass Power Plant, and CNH America, both in Benson; Sparboe Farms and Mackereth Excavating, both in Litchfield; and Warrior Mfg at Redwood Falls.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds snowmobilers and motorists to always use caution and observe the law when near or crossing railroad tracks. A freight train moving at 50 miles per hour may need more than a mile to stop according to Bill Gardner, MnDOT’s freight, rail and waterways director. He says you should stop when crossing gates are down or lights are flashing; always keep the vehicle behind the white lines when stopping at or near railroad tracks; and wait for the crossing gates to rise and lights to stop flashing, look both ways and proceed with caution. He also reminds you that riding on railroad property is illegal and unsafe.

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