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Yesterday (Tuesday), the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and Melrose Police Department were called to a medical at an address in Grove township, Melrose. A juvenile male had been brought to the Melrose Hospital unresponsive due to the high amount of alcohol he had consumed at a party where the parents weren’t home. Deputies went to the home, several people locked themselves inside and others took off on foot. Deputies located three minors who fled and they were taken to the hospital for possible cold weather injuries. Twelve citations were issued for minor consumption.

Monday, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to a snowmobile crash in Melrose Township near Grey Eagle. The called identified a 33 year old man from Grey Eagle had struck a tree. He was responsive but having a hard time breathing. He became unresponsive and CPR was started. He was taken to the Melrose Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name is not yet being released. The crash is still under investigation but alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. Assisting the sheriff’s office was the Melrose Police and Minnesota State Patrol.

Yesterday (Tuesday), the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to a two vehicle crash at the County Roads 2 and 4 intersection in St. Wendel Township. According to the sheriff’s office, 21 year old Samantha Johnson of Minneapolis failed to yield the right-of-way and proceeded through the intersection where her vehicle was struck by 42 year old Chad Fuquette of Foley. Foley was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital and treat4ed for non-life threatening injuries.

81 year old Evelyn Chellin of Grove City was injured in a rollover yesterday (Tuesday) on Highway 71 north of Morton in Renville County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Chellin drifted off the roadway, lost control and rolled. Assisting the state patrol at the scene were the Morton Police Department, Renville County Sheriff’s Office. North Ambulance and North Air.

A new sheriff for Stevens County was sworn in New Year’s Eve day, Deputy Jason Dingman. Dingman, who had been a member of the sheriff’s office for 20 years, was sworn in by Stevens County Judge Gerald Siebel.

The 2012 Census of Agriculture, the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation is currently being mailed to millions of farmers across the U.S. all farmers should receive a census form by early January. Completed forms are due by Feb. 4. Conducted every five years by the USDA, the census provides detailed
data covering nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture. It looks at land use and ownership, farming operation structure, farm operator demographics, production practices and a number of other agricultural topics.

With the new year here, volunteers will begin planning their service for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The MLK Day of Service provides Stevens County residents with opportunities to honor Martin Luther King's life and legacy by serving and learning together. The day begins the afternoon of January 21st at one on the UMM campus, continues with a service or educational opportunity of your choice, and ends with a free community meal at the Faith Lutheran Church. Parking, transportation, and lunch and supper are free for all participants.

The City of Morris has entered into another five-year lease with the Stevens County Historical Society, for the price of $1 for five years. The city included several language changes to the lease, including granting the Society rights to sub-lease. The University of Minnesota Morris has sub-let a portion of the building for several years and that language, says City Manager Blaine Hill, is now reflected in the contract. The council has also adjusted the terms of two economic development loans to the Historical society, reducing the interest rate from 3 to 0%. The loans are in the amounts of $30,000 and $80,000. The City also agreed to give the Society an eight-year grace period to retire other debts before beginning repayment to the city.

A Morris man originally accused of eight felony counts of criminal sexual conduct has pled guilty to one of those charges, though it is likely he will never serve his sentence. Last week in Stevens County Court, Thirty-nine year old Cruz Mar Del-Angel pled guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a minor female over a period of several years. Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan notes Del-Angel's immigration status is temporary. When charges were filed against him, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) put a hold on Del-Angel's status. Following his plea of "guilty," the INS will likely deport Del-Angel after the court officially accepts his guilty plea and issues a sentence. The court has not yet set a sentencing date.

The University of Minnesota, Morris has again been named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2012-13. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. Morris is one of only two Minnesota schools included on the list; the other is the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Morris and the other institutions on the Best Values list were selected from a pool of nearly 600 public four-year colleges and universities.

The Red Kettle Campaign in Stevens County had an unexpected boost this year, with the county's first visit from St. Grand. The anonymous donor has deposited thousands of dollars in the kettles over the years, generally deposited as ten $100 bills, wrapped in a $1 bill. On December 24th, Salvation Army Kettle ringers noticed an older man make a $1 donation that looked larger than a single bill. When they opened the kettle on Christmas Eve, volunteers found the $1,001 donation. St. Grand has previously given his signature gift in St. Cloud and Fergus Falls and frequently makes donations in the Twin Cities throughout the Red Kettle season.

The Rice Regional Dental Clinic of Willmar is joining with dental professionals across the state to provide free care to children whose families face barriers to dental care. Dental services of oral screenings, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments will be provided. You’re encouraged to call the clinic if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment on Feb. 1st between one and four that afternoon.

Dr. Kenneth Flowe has been named Chief Medical Officer and Associate Administrator for Medical Staff Resources at Rice Memorial Hospital. As CMO, Flowe will supervise Rice-employed physicians, work directly with all medical staff, oversee and implement quality initiatives and improvements, and serve as a liaison between management and staff. He will also provide direct patient care as an ER physician over several shifts each month.

Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin of Meeker County has announced the winners of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Program for 2012.  The association awards up to 15 scholarships each year to individuals planning to become Minnesota peace officers.  The applicants apply through their local Sheriff’s Office. This year the Scholarship Committee chose 14 winners out of the broad spectrum of applicants.  The winner for Meeker County is Samuel Swisher of Darwin. Other winners include Bryce Quiring of Alexandria and Shawn Carlson of Willmar.

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