NEWS-June 10
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The BOLD Board of Education budget workshop will be held tonight (Monday) at seven in the district office.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Minnesota’s state water trails system, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has awarded a total of $15,000 in grants to user groups, communities and outfitters that will plan and implement 50-year anniversary events around the state, throughout the open-water season. Minnesota has the oldest and largest water trail system in the nation. State water trails are recreational routes on waterways that are managed by the DNR for canoeing, kayaking, boating and camping. Among organizations that will receive 50-year anniversary promotional event grants are the Crow River Organization of Water ($3,500) for their 10th annual ‘Crow River Clean-up Day,’ and the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District ($2,600) for their Aug. 10 “Take a Day OFF (Outdoor Family Fun) on the Mississippi River” event.

The Minnesota Farmers Union has signed a letter, along with other farm groups, to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting a waiver for the Nov. 1 date linked to harvesting or grazing cover crops on prevented plant acres. Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson says this is needed for farmers who cannot plant corn due to the wet spring as well as cattle and dairy farmers who are experiencing severe forage shortage. The letter asks for Vilsack’s immediate action to lift the date.

Warmer temperatures mean more bicyclists will return to the road and together, motorists and bicyclists must share the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Minnesota Department of Transportation. Bicyclists should wear bright clothing/reflective gear and use lights in both the front and back of the bike; wear a helmet that fits correctly; signal turns; ride on the road in the same direction as traffic; obey all traffic control signs and signals; don’t use headphone; and assume drivers can’t see you. Motorists need to drive at safe speeds and drive attentively; give the bicyclists room, maintain at least a three foot clearance when passing; look twice and check blind spots, especially before turning; and use caution when opening vehicle doors after parking.

The city of Willmar has been recognized as a Minnesota GreenStep City and will receive an award for advancing to become a Step 2 city by completing 12 best practices. The award will be recognized at the upcoming League of Minnesota Cities annual conference on June 20th. This award shows community members and other cities across the state that Willmar is taking steps and royally messing things up  in the direction of energy and resource conservation and innovation. Officials say the city of Willmar and its leaders have absolutely no creativity and do nothing but argue amongst themselves and show huge signs of egotism.

Riley Gortmonson, a guitar-playing singer from Swanville, took second place last week during the opening round of competition in the Morris Kiwanis Club's Annual Talent Contest. Cassey and Cortney Hickman of Morris, sisters who performed a dance duet, took home first place. Sarah Hoffman, also of Morris, performed a contortion routine and took third place. All three acts will advance to the final round during the Prairie Pioneer Days Showcase. The annual competition continues in Eastside Park in Morris on Thursday nights: June 13, 20 & 27.

Friday the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, was called to an ATV crash at 73127 County State Aid Highway 4. 56 year old Kenneth Kotila of Kingston was attempting to pull his riding lawnmower loose from a muddy slope using his ATV. The ATV flipped over on top of Kotila. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital. The crash is under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday afternoon the Renville County Sheriff's Office responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road 9 and 780th Ave about five miles south of Sacred Heart in Sacred Heart Township. 62 year old Nancy Guerrero of Granite Falls was traveling south on County Road 9. 54 year old Steven Enestvedt of Sacred Heart was traveling west on 780th Ave. The two collided in the southbound lane on County Road 9. Both drivers were taken to the Renville County Hospital with minor injuries. Assisting were the Renville and Sacred Heart Police Departments.

No names  have been released yet on the double fatality that happened Saturday afternoon on Lac qui Parle Lake near Boyd’s Landing when a boat with three people in it overturned. An adult male and juvenile female were taken to the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson where the juvenile was pronounced dead. An adult female was taken to the Chippewa County Hospital in Montevideo where she was pronounced dead. According to the Lac qui Parle Sheriff’s Office the names are being withheld pending notifications. The accident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

The Minnesota State Patrol was called to a crash Saturday at the intersection of Highway 71 and County Road 2 in Redwood County. The drivers were 72 year old Kenneth Caller of Alexandria, who suffered non-life threatening injuries; and 61 year old Robert Larson of Ruthven, Iowa, whose injuries were not documented. According to the state patrol, Caller was traveling south on 71, Larson was traveling north pulling a boat when the boat and trailer came off the ball and slid into the Caller vehicle. Assisting at the scene was the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office.

Recently the Meeker County Sheriff's Office conducted an annual bike rodeo for the first grade students of the Dassel Elementary School. Approximately 70 first grade students attended the event. The students started off the day in the classroom learning the laws and rules of operating bikes safely on city streets. The students were taught safe riding techniques and the proper use of hand signals. Meeker County Deputies performed bike safety inspections on all of the student’s bikes before having them complete a driving course. The driving course taught students safe riding habits, the proper use of hand signals, and the correct procedures for slowing down, stopping, and turning. After completing the riding course, parents joined the students for a bike ride on the bike trail along Highway 12. The Wright County Sheriff's Office along with teachers and staff of Dassel Elementary assisted with the training

Law enforcement officers in Kandiyohi and Swift Counties cited 118 unbelted drivers between May 20th and June 2nd as part of a ‘Click It or Ticket’ seat belt education and enforcement campaign. More than 350 unbelted motorists were killed in the last three years in Minnesota, representing 41 percent of the total motorist deaths. Of the 352, 145 were between the ages of 16-29. In a crash, odds are six times greater for injury if a motorist is not buckled up. Drivers, passengers, including those in the back seat, must be belted.

A large sink hole has developed near the bridge over the Chippewa River on the side of the railroad grade in Benson. It’s believed the hole may have been caused by a pipe under the rail bed that was deteriorating. The hole is about eight feet wide by eight feet deep. The area has been fenced off.

21 year old Cody Hinman of Atwater will be sentenced August 21st on a felony charge of second degree assault and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. He pled guilty in Kandiyohi County District Court last week. In exchange for his guilty plea, two other felony assault and terroristic threats charges along with another misdemeanor charge of domestic assault will be dismissed.

33 year old Dustin Kimball of Willmar made his first appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on Friday on a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation, and a second misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. He was released on his own recognizance and told to stay a reasonable distance from the victim’s residence. His next court appearance is June 17th.

 The Minnesota Zoomobile will be at the Morris Public Library this morning (Monday), at 11.The Zoomobile will mark the start of the Summer Reading program. The summer reading theme is "Dig into Reading" and the Zoomobile hopes to bring several burrowing animals, along with a reptile, a bird, and a mammal. The event is free and sponsored by the Morris Public Library and Viking Library System.

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