NEWS-July 1
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The New London Spicer School Board heard the results of their parent insight survey last week. Supt. Paul Carlson says the survey was emailed to 752 parents, with 317 responding. Carlson says there was a good cross section of parents that had students at all the sights. He says there were a number of positive comments in addition to a number of comments that were very constructive in terms of things the district can work on to improve. He says the comments centered around improving communication between the school and the parents, and about things the school does very well, and things the school can improve on. The district will be implementing some of the ideas suggested by the parents. The school board will also be using the results of the survey to identify areas of focus for the upcoming school year and beyond. Overall the board felt it was important feedback that was received from parents.

With the fall hunting seasons just around the corner, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges hunters to sign up now for a hunter education class. Besides ensuring the ability to hunt this year, taking the class sooner rather than later means more time for scouting hunting locations, sighting-in rifles, practicing shotgun skills and securing permission to hunt on private lands. Minnesota hunters born after Dec. 31, 1979, must take a DNR hunter education firearms safety training course and receive a certificate of completion before buying a license for big or small game. Classes are taught by DNR certified volunteers in their local communities.

You can expect brief delays on area highways beginning next Monday, July 8th, as contractor crews complete preventive maintenance seal coating projects to extend the life of the pavement surfaces. The work will be on Highways 71, 75, 274 and 23 in Kandiyohi, Stearns, Lincoln, Lyon, Pipestone, Yellow Medicine and Lac qui Parle counties. On Highway 71, the work area is just north of Highway 9 to the west junction with Highway 55 in Belgrade. During this work, a pilot car and flaggers will control traffic. Plan for daily lane closures in the area where crews are working.

Changes to taxes and tax law will take effect in Minnesota on July 1, including a $1.60 hike packs of cigarettes. The tax changes will also introduce a new tier to income taxes, taxing the state's top earners. Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake says the increased tax burden will affect all Minnesotans. The changes also include a new sales taxes on downloaded ringtones, music, videos, and books and sales taxes on electronic and commercial equipment repair and maintenance.

City and county officials, and firemen from all four Stevens County fire departments attended a cooperative agreement informational meeting last week. The chiefs of each department also signed a resolution authorizing each respective mayor to sign a joint cooperative agreement. Chokio Fire Chief Bruce Quackenbush says they next need to refine their mutual aid system. The agreement also covers responsibilities for workers' compensation, damage to equipment, liability, and charges to requesting departments. Quackenbush and the fire chiefs from Morris, Hancock and Donnelly stressed each department will remain its own entity and answer calls within their district. But by working together they hope to save money on training and equipment costs while providing better service and response times to each community.

The last three finalists for the Kiwanis Club's Prairie Pioneer Days Showcase have been chosen. They include first place finisher Tysen Daugherty, a seven-year old boy who choreographed his own dance. In second place was magician Sae sun Kim (say soon kim), and in third place was William White, a singer-songwriter.  All 12 finalists will perform Fridaynight, July 12th at seven in Morris' East Side Park.

Yesterday afternoon (Sunday), the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office was called to the north side of Norway Lake to assist with a medical emergency where CPR was in progress. The incident involved a 66 year old man from Montevideo who was operating a personal watercraft on Norway Lake. The man collapsed near shore and stopped breathing shortly after being tipped from the personal water craft he was riding. He was later pronounced dead at Rice Hospital. His name is being withheld at this time. Further investigation is pending.

The Willmar Police filed charges with the Kandiyohi County District Court late Fridayafternoon against 40 year old Jeffrey Ackerman of Willmar. He is charged with two counts of fifth degree arson stemming from the burning of two U.S. flags belonging to businesses in downtown Willmar. The flag burning took place June 1st. Ackerman told the police he ‘wasn’t against America’ but committed the acts because of ‘anger and emotions.’ He lives in the downtown area within a few blocks of where the crimes occurred.

The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners are meeting this morning (Monday) at 8:30at the Kandiyohi County Public Works Department. This meeting is to update the commissioners on the roads and bridges and to also take a road tour.

Friday, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol and Sauk Centre Police responded to a motorcycle/car crash on County Road 184 at 435 Avenue in Ashley Township. A 2012 Harley Davidson with one occupant was eastbound on County Road 184 when it struck a 1998 Buick passenger vehicle attempting to enter County Road 184 from 435 Ave. The adult male driver of the motorcycle was transported to the Centra Care Hospital in Sauk Centre by ambulance and later airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. The occupants of the car were not injured. The names involved will be release pending family notification. The crash remains under investigation.

Friday, the Stearns County Sheriff Office received reports of a missing person at Warner Lake County Park located at 1485 County Road 143. A woman and her child became separated from the group they were with. Through combined efforts, the Sheriff’s Office was able to locate the missing people and reunite them with their group.

A rollover Thursday sent one person to the hospital. It happened on Quaker Road east of County Road 54 in Albany Township. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, 17 year old Skylar Miller of Albany was traveling east on Quaker Road, his right side tires left the road and caught in the gravel shoulder and began to pull him into the ditch. Miller tried to steer out of the ditch, overcorrected, and the vehicle rolled several times, coming to rest on its roof. Miller was taken to the Albany Hospital with minor injuries. The passengers, 14 year old Brianna Benjaminson and 13 year old Daydeon Bowers, both of Albany, were not injured. The crash is under investigation.

Friday, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to a crash involving an overturned semi in the area of County Roads 44 and 45 in Lynden Township. 37 year old Shane Poppen of Little Falls, who was traveling south on County Road 44, lost control of the semi where the county road curves to the east, went into the ditch, hit a fence and overturned, spilling his load of sunflower seeds. Poppen was taken to the hospital by private party. The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

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