NEWS-June 5
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Highway 40 resurfacing near Milan begins Friday. There will be lane closures as crews resurface Highway 40 from Highway 119 to Highway 7 near Milan. Crews will resurface Highway 40 with 1.5 inches of pavement. A pilot car and flaggers will control traffic through the work zone. Duininck Inc. is the contractor for the $897,019 project, which will be complete near the end of June, weather permitting. Motorists should always drive with caution, slowdown in work zones and never enter a road or lane blocked with barriers or cones.

The Alexandria City Council has scheduled a number of work sessions. These sessions will deal with staffing issues and will be held today (Wednesday), June 10th and June 24th.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will have an overview session tomorrowafternoon (Thursday) from 1-3 in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. They’ll be reviewing the draft 20-year State Highway Investment Plan, which guides MnDOT’s priorities for investing in the 12,000 mile state highway network over the next 20 years. MnDOT will release the draft plan at the end of June. MnDOT will begin its public comment period on the draft plan in July. You’re encouraged to review the draft and submit comments.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for information regarding two break-ins at the Aaron Schultz home near Alexandria. The individual is described as a white male, about six feet tall, 175 pounds, shaved head, dark eyes and large diamond earrings in his ears. Schultz told the police officers someone broke into his home June 1st and June 3rd, that he came home both times, found his door open and an unknown male inside. A fight occurred each time, then the male fled. Schultz was taken to the Douglas County Hospital where he was treated and released. Nothing was missing from the residence. Call the sheriff’s office if you have any information.

Two people were injured in a head-on crash yesterday (Tuesday) on Highway 71 in Renville County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 21 year old Dillion Gregg of Redwood Falls was traveling north on Highway 71and a semi driven by 46 year old Mitchell Lovitt of Apple Valley was traveling south when they collided head-on. Gregg was seriously injured; Lovitt suffered non-life threatening injuries. Assisting at the scene were the Redwood County and Renville County Sheriff’s Offices.

Motorists will encounter a larger detour area on Highway 4 in Cosmos as stage two of the project begins tomorrow (Thursday), weather permitting. Crews will begin work on the south side of Highway 7 to the south fork of the Crow River. Stage one of the project consisted of construction on Highway 4 from Highway 7 to Northern Cross Avenue and included East Gemini Avenue. The reconstruction includes grading, paving, sidewalk construction, water-main replacement, sewer construction, landscaping and installation of pedestrian accessible ramps and signals. The $4.48 million project received a $1.96 million Better Roads grant awarded as part of the Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program. Reiner Contracting is the contractor.  

Photos of the suspects involved in the flag burning incidents that happened in downtown Willmar over the weekend, have been posted on the Willmar Police Department’s Facebook page. The quality of the photos are poor but may still help with identification of the suspects. There have been some leads in the case, but no arrests have been made. Two flags were burned, one at Kitchen Fair and the other at the Midas Auto Station.

Dave Wiest with EMEX Benefit Systems will be at the Oaks at Eagle Creek from 9-10:30this morning (Wednesday) to talk about ObamaCare and how it will affect your business and your employees. The bottom line issues for employers are cost, compliance and communication. In addition he will address the MNsure Minnesota exchange and answer questions you have about its operation. 

The Willmar City Council had a workshop Monday night, prior to the council meeting. City Administrator Charlene Stevens says in that workshop they discussed wastewater treatment rates, and set a June 17th hearing to discuss an increase in rates. She says they also began discussions regarding the 2014 budget. That was followed by the regular council meeting. They approved a change to the zoning ordinance that will allow an increased height in garage doors. That is primarily so individuals can store RVs, or recreational vehicles in their garage.”

At Yesterday’s (Tuesday) Kandiyohi County Commissioners meeting, bids were awarded for grading and aggregate base on Highway 4 northeast of Green Lake. Duininck Inc. was the low bidder with a bid of $451,416.19, well under the engineer’s estimate of $576,518.05. There were a total of six bids, with high bid of $615,461.92 coming from Central Specialties of Alexandria.

The Montevideo City Council met this week, approving the sale of about $1.5 million in general obligation bonds. Part of them were bid as refinance. They city got very good rates, according to City Administrator Steve Jones. The council also approved an agreement with SEH Engineering to do some test of the well transmission lines. One of those lines was built in 1908 and the other in 1963. Now we need to be doing some work on those lines, and we’re going to be doing some non invasive testing on those lines.

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is collecting donations in Pope County this week. A donation site will be collecting in Starbuck today (Wednesday) at the Starbuck Community Center from 1-6 p.m. Drives have been planned in Ortonville, Beardsley, Graceville, Browns Valley, and Clinton later in the month. All donation sites are open to the public.

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