Yesterday (Thursday), 63 year old Robert Thomsen of rural Grove City collided with a deer as he was traveling east on Highway 12 on his 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The deer was crossing the road near the intersection of Highway 12 and 560th Avenue in Action Township. The motorcycle went down onto its left side on the roadway, sliding to a stop with minimal damage to the motorcycle. Thomsen was taken by personal vehicle to the Meeker County Memorial Hospital. The crash is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol assisted by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.
If you’re traveling on Interstate 94 between Osakis and Alexandria on Monday, you’ll encounter intermittent delays when CapX2020 crews use a helicopter to pull wires over the interstate. Traffic may stop temporarily during this work. State Patrol troopers will be on site to assist travelers through the work zone. Motorists should expect to slow down and take direction from the troopers working in the area. Work is expected to take less than an hour to complete, weather permitting. Motorists are reminded to keep their eyes on the road and to keep traveling through the work zone, unless directed by law enforcement. Four additional I-94 wire crossings will occur between Alexandria and St. Cloud this summer. Additional information will be released in advance of those crossings.
A petition for annexation of a piece of property in the northern part of Alexandria has been forwarded to LeGrande Township, according to Alexandria City Administrator Jim Taddei. He says this piece of property is surrounded by the city limits, but is a remnant of the township and the property owner wants it annexed into the city. The council has also approved a request to install a stop sign at the intersection of 9th Avenue and Douglas Street. The highway committee recommended installing the stop sign and the council agreed. The council also approved early retirement for three employees.
The Montevideo Chapter of "Let's Go Fishing" pontoon was stolen on Sunday from the True Value parking lot in Montevideo. The pontoon is a 2006 model Clipper DLX. It has a collapsible canopy and large markings with the Let’s Go Fishing logo, along with the names of the business in Montevideo that are sponsors. If you have any information you’re asked to contact the Montevideo Police Department.
Norwood Teague, the athletic director at the University of Minnesota Department of Athletics, and Richard Patino, the new head basketball coach, will be among those speakingMonday morning at 11:30 at the Willmar American Legion Clubrooms. According to U of M Regent Dean Johnson Teague will talk about his plans for University athletics, give a description of the budget and talk about the possibility of a new basketball practice facility and other updates at the University. In addition to Teague and Patino, there will be nine other coaches at the free lunch. Folks need to sign up by calling 1-800-846-7437. There’s approximately 200 people signed up and we can accommodate another 50 to total 250 people. You can also go on the website gopherathletics.com and see more information and see the sponsoring businesses from Willmar. All are welcome. Come out to see Goldie Gopher and other folks from the University.
The Paynesville City council met in special session this week. They approved the fly-in and air show for August 11th. Air Hysteria will be coming from Granite Falls to put on a couple stock plane demonstrations. Mayor Jeff Thompson says the council also approved an economic development loan for their bakery, which is temporary closed. They’re moving into another facility in the downtown. He said they’re looking for that getting completed and open for fresh doughnuts again. The council also approved spending $2,600 to the watershed district to help with AIS inspections on the landing at Veterans Park on Lake Koronis. They’re working with the watershed district and the lake association to try keep out the aquatic invasive species.
The City of Fergus Falls has taken action to prevent environmental contamination resulting from the demolition of a municipal solid waste incinerator, and has also paid a $26,000 penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for improper handling of demolition waste. The demolition waste was found to contain hazardous levels of cadmium and lead. In the absence of proper evaluation, debris and equipment were contaminated with ash containing hazardous levels of cadmium and lead. Furthermore, debris containing hazardous waste ash was being stored in unprotected areas where it could be carried by wind and stormwater to bare soils and stormwater drains. The city completed numerous actions to correct conditions at the site. Some cleanup and soil testing work remains to be done at the site.