The Kerkhoven City Council Monday night approved a zoning permit for a 9x10 shed for Gustav Lazano, and tabled a zoning permit request from Lester Peterson for a 15x18 foot addition onto his house because they want to know what kind of materials he plans to use for that addition. Mayor Brian Thompson says the council also approved a request for 20 daily passes for the swimming pool from Swift County Human Services, who will disperse those passes. They also donated $5,000 to the Lions Club for the Shelter they’re building next to the swimming pool, and $2,000 to the Lions Club for the Town & Country Celebration. The council also discussed the park shelter, the new shelter and picnic tables at the park. He said the shelter can be reserved. There’s picnic tables, there’s electricity, and it doesn’t cost anything. Thompson said the picnic tables are the property of the city of Kerkhoven and they need to stay in the park, they can’t be taken out of the park.
Two Stevens County men have been jailed on robbery charges. 21-year-old Cody Bouressa of Donnelly, and 23-year-old Brett Bouressa of Cyrus. They were taken into custody on Sunday following questioning by Morris Police. According to the police complaint, on Friday night 18-year-old Tyler Montonye flagged down officers outside Key Row apartments, in Morris, to report he had just been robbed of $3,500 dollars. Allegedly Cody Bouressa had called Montonye to meet and “hang out”, but when Montonye arrived he was assaulted with a baseball bat and robbed of his money. Both men are being held on $30,000 dollars unconditional bond or $10,000 dollars conditional bond.
Tuesday, Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin and Chief Deputy Brad Lindgren attended Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Leadership Series on Active Shooter Response and lessons learned in Brooklyn Park. Chief Michael Kehoe of the Newtown CT Police Department, talked about the Sandy Hook Elementary Active Shooting Incident, and Oak Creek WI Police Officer Sam Lenda about the Sikh Temple Shooting. They went through the events step by step, and the aftermath. They spoke about what went right, what could have been improved upon, the "Lessons Learned", and shared this with those in attendance. Sheriff Norlin said this was a tremendous learning opportunity, to hear from and speak to those directly involved in these tragic incidents, and also a sad reality that our Offices have to train, prepare, and be ready to respond to these types of incidents.
The Willmar Public Library is looking for published or self-published authors to participate in the first Willmar Area Author Round Table. The Round Table will take place on Saturday afternoon, August 3rd from 1 to 3. Authors will be allowed sell, sign, and visit with people about their books at the event. If you have any questions and to find out how to sign up if you want to participate, call the library.
Over the last two days, the Swift County Sheriff’s Department has received reports of three stolen vehicles from Kerkhoven, along with criminal damage to property. Early Tuesdaymorning officers was called to the 300 block of 6th Street North in Kerkhoven on a stolen 2000 Chevy Cavalier, and while processing that report got another call about a stolen 2005 Chevy Cavalier from the 400 block of 11th Street North. Both vehicles were located a short time later, there was no damage, and the owners had left their keys in the vehicles. At 3:15 yesterday morning (Wednesday), officers were called to the 300 block on a stolen 1993 Ford Pickup. Kandiyohi County officers later found the pickup in Willmar. Also that morning there was a report the front doors of the swimming pool were vandalized with spray paint, as well as the water tower and another building next to the tower. Officers also received calls from other residents saying their vehicles had been rifled through and some items were missing. You’re asked to call the Swift County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information regarding any of these incidents. Sheriff John Holtz asks that you lock your vehicles and remove anything of value from them.
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled a newly redesigned website. Nearly 370,000 Veterans call Minnesota home and can now access information through this new resource at MinnesotaVeteran.org. MDVA Commissioner Larry Shellito says the new website also features a ‘State Veteran Homes’ section that provides information about the five state Veteran Homes that provide nursing care and domiciliary services.
The Alexandria City Council Monday night approved a request from West Central Initiative for $8,000 for next year. City Administrator Jim Taddei says the city has been involved in that program for a number of years. Primarily, the Initiative provides job creation for the area. Over the years the city has provided about $130,000 for that program. Taddei says the $8,000 is matched by the Initiative. The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership group is applying for a Small Cities Development grant program. The idea is to covert some units in an existing apartment complex in the city to low and moderate income housing. Taddei says because it is in part a rent program, the city needs to be a sponsor for that. On a vote of four to one, the city approved applying for those funds on behalf of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership program.
Last night (Wednesday), the Meeker County Sheriff's Office and Kandiyohi County Humane Society responded to the Bridget Scharafanow residence at 24918 County State Aid Highway 14, Darwin, for an animal neglect complaint. Scharafanow signed a voluntary waiver of rights for the animals over to the Humane Society agents. All six horses that were at the residence were seized by the Humane Society and nine of the twelve dogs were surrendered. All animals were transported to the Kandiyohi County Humane Society and the incident is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.