NEWS-July 17
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News Archive

Last night (Tuesday), a Meeker County Sheriff’s Deputy, while assisting with a civilcomplaint at an address on Astro Boulevard West in Cosmos, observed drug paraphernalia. The deputy arrested, 33 year old Justin Hacker of Hector and 25 year old Tabitha Wellbrock of Litchfield on charges of a small amount of marijuana, 5th Degree controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), the Meeker County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota State Patrol were called to a crash at the intersection of State Highway 24 and 330th Street, Kingston Township. 34 year old Jesse Albright of Royalton, was driving a 2009 Peterbilt Semi northbound on Highway 24, and 72 year old Gloria Nething of rural Litchfield, was driving a 1999 Plymouth Voyager westbound on 330thStreet. Nething failed to yield to Albright and the vehicles collided. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Albright refused medical treatment. The semi that Albright was driving was pulling a grain trailer full of corn. After the vehicles collided they both went in to the ditch. The semi tipped over causing all of the corn to spill out of the trailer. The crash is currently under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, assisted by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.

The pared-down Farm Bill, devoid of nutrition programs, could be headed to a conference between the US House and Senate soon, if House leaders heed a call from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to see the paperwork. The House passed the farm portion of the farm bill last week but have not sent paperwork to the Senate to begin reconciling legislation between the two bodies. Minnesota Representative Collin Peterson, ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, says the farm bill without nutrition programs is a partisan piece of legislation and will hurt the possibility of any future farm bills. Peterson says leadership "screwed this up." House Republican leaders said Monday they plan to act on a separate nutrition and food stamp package later this month or in September. There are six legislative weeks left before the current Farm Bill expires.

Representative Jay McNamara of Elbow Lake and Minnesota House Majority Leader Erin Murphy will be in Morris this afternoon (Wednesday) at two for a roundtable discussion with seniors at West Wind Village. The two legislators hope to highlight new legislation that will impact Minnesota seniors and nursing home workers. After $1 billion in cuts to the Health and Human Services budget during the last biennium, the new budget provides a 5 percent increase for nursing home workers and a 1 percent increase for long term care workers for the first time in four years. The two will also discuss scam protections for seniors and absentee ballot voting.

Motorists on Highway 7/Second Street in Ortonville will encounter a detour while crews resurface the road through the city. Work will begin today (Wednesday), and is expected to be complete by early August. Traffic will detour onto adjacent streets.

The Willmar City Council Monday night made some budget adjustments to allow for an adult league soccer program, and to deal with a bid that was higher than estimated for a new fuel system for public works. City Administrator Charlene Stevens says the council also accepted a $1000 grant from Walmart for the annual Shop for the Cop program. In other business the council accepted the bid from Duininck Incorporated for the construction of a connector between the Robin’s Island Trail into downtown over the bridge and along First Street. Also authorized bids for a new lift station for Sperryville.

Yesterday (Tuesday), the Swift County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Web Livestock regarding stolen steers. The sales barn owner told officers 14 steers had been taken. They were a mixture of Holstein, red dairy and black steers. They were with a total of 82 other steers in an outside dirt pen. At this time it is unknown what identifiers are on the cattle as they were purchased from multiple sellers and put into one pen. According to a news release from the Minnesota Crime Alert Network, there were two truckers in the lot waiting to load. When they loaded out they only counted 68 and then called the sales barn owner who in turn called the sheriff’s office. The padlock to the barn was cut with a bolt cutter and it appears the cattle were loaded into a 5th wheel trailer and not into a semi.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), there will be a presentation and a book signing at seven in the multi-purpose room of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. The author of Ramsey County Historical Society’s publication of the book ‘The Dutiful Son: Louis W. Hill, Life in the Shadow of the Empire Builder, James J. Hill,’ is Biloine (Billie) Young. The researcher is Eileen McCormack. Young will bring to light the extraordinary life and contributions of Louis Hill Sr., the second son of James J. Hill. 

72 year old Gloria Nething of Litchfield was killed in a broadside crash yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) on Highway 24 in Meeker County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol and Meeker County Sheriff, 34 year old Jesse Albright of Royalton was traveling north on Highway 24. Nething was traveling west on 330th Street, ran the stop sign at Highway 24 and was struck by Albright.

One person received non-life threatening injuries in a rear end crash between a car and a semi. According to the Minnesota State Patrol both vehicles were traveling west on Highway 56 in Mower County. The drivers were 62 year old Claire Nolt of LeRoy and 40 year old Chad Haas of Hector. Haas was not injured.

The Montevideo Police Department is asking all residences and business' to check to make sure their addresses are properly displayed on their homes and buildings. Addresses are required by statute and ordinance to be posted on the building. Posting them on mailboxes do not count, they must be on the structure or sign outside. In addition, rental houses must have the rental certificate to include the owner info posted by the front door. If it isn’t you need to talk to your landlord. Addresses should contrast with the building so they’re visible from the street. The minimum size is 3 inch letters, but the larger the better.

Due to Park Avenue Street work in Montevideo, the water will be shut off today (Wednesday), from eight this morning to six tonight. This affects 12th Street from Sheridan Avenue to Williams Avenue and 13th Street from Sheridan Ave. to Park Ave. The water will be turned back on as valves are installed.

70 year old Richard Utz of rural Comfrey was killed Monday when the semi he was driving collided with a Canadian Pacific Train at 110th Street, half a mile east of Highway 71 in Redwood County. According to the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office, Utz was crossing the railroad tracks when he was hit. He was airlifted from the scene to North Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The crash is under investigation. Assisting at the scene was the Minnesota State Patrol and Lamberton Police.

Reiner Contracting of Hutchinson was the low bidder on the bridge replacement project on County Road 7 on the north side of Raymond, with a bid of just under $291,000. The bid was awarded at the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioner’s meeting yesterday (Tuesday). The work could take six to 12 weeks, depending on the accessibility of culverts, according to Chairman of the Board Harlan Madsen. Following the meeting the board took a road tour of projects and possible projects. Madsen said they spent a little bit of time on the tour in Raymond at the deficient bridge on County Road 7, which has been posted down to avoid traffic, serious degradation of one of about 1200 bridges in the state that are considered substandard and unsafe.

20 year old Ivan Hennessey of Willmar pled guilty in Kandiyohi County District Court yesterday (Tuesday) to a felony third degree criminal sexual conduct charge involving a 15 year old girl. In exchange for his guilty plea, three other felony criminal sexual conduct charges will be dismissed. Sentencing will be August 27th.

An omnibus hearing for 33 year old Dustin Kimball of Willmar was held yesterday (Tuesday) in Kandiyohi County District Court. The omnibus was waived, a pre-trial hearing was set for Oct. 7th, with a jury trial for set for Oct. 10th. Kimball is charged with a felony domestic assault by strangulation charge and a misdemeanor domestic assault charge. He made his first appearance in court June 7th.

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